Shifting laptops in Ubuntu

My laptop HDD was failing and getting worse. Time to get a new machine and shift. Here is the highly simplified, sanitised version of how I got everything working.

Install latest Ubuntu (finally shifted from 32 to 64 bit). Use to make live USB – it Just Works™. Was given the option of retaining Windows 10 so gave it 84GB/2TB and kept rolling.

Sorted out Nvidia as per Ubuntu 16.04LTS extended display not working (see also

  1. Run sudo apt-get purge nvidia-*
  2. Run sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
  3. Run sudo apt-get update
  4. Run sudo apt-get install nvidia-364 (Check what’s the latest version… in my case nvidia-375 was the latest in the repos)

Reboot. Success?

Set up launcher etc so not sticky and icons the right size. Remove unneeded ones etc.

sudo apt install chromium-browser dh-make gftp gimp git idle3 imagemagick inkscape keepass2 mysql-server openjdk-9-jdk python3-matplotlib python3-nose python3-numpy python3-requests python-pil python-wxgtk3.0 python-wxversion p7zip-full scribus shotwell shutter sqlitebrowser synaptic thunderbird vim virtualbox virtualbox-guest-additions-iso vlc wine64-development hardinfo

I got SQLYog working. It was fun finding the icon. Run using wine sqlyog.exe etc rather than trying to double click exes.

For MySQL I copied everything over and sorted out permissions. The innodb tables wouldn’t run (tables apparently did not exist) but I didn’t actually need them given they were local copies of remote tables. So I just transferred databases over using SQLYog.

For my cron jobs I ran crontab -e on source laptop and stored results then ran same command on new machine and pasted them. How cool is that :-).

Installed newest version of eclipse. As always, some faffing around to get desktop file sorted out etc. E.g.

sudo ln -s /home/g/eclipse/java-oxygen/eclipse/eclipse /usr/bin/eclipse

Install pydev.

Brought across lots of documents of course, and .gftp, .idlerc, .matplotlib, .openshot, .shh. Plus Music, Videos, Pictures (including photos)

Added thunderbird and firefox to startup.

Changed LibreOffice icon style to Galaxy under Tools>Options>LibreOffice>View>Icon style.

Then run some backups.