IN THIS CHAPTER
• Troubleshooting Post-Installation Configuration Problems
• The sudo Command
• Configuring Software Repositories
• Installing Graphics Drivers
• Changing Ubuntu's Look and Feel
• Preferred Behaviors
• Input Devices
• Detecting and Configuring a Modem
• Power Management in Ubuntu
• Resetting the Date and Time
• Managing PCMCIA
• Configuring and Using CD, DVD, and CD-RW Drives
• Configuring Wireless Networks
• Configuring Firestarter
As demonstrated in Chapter 3, "Installing Ubuntu," in most cases the installation of Ubuntu is extremely easy. Installation itself includes Ubuntu probing for existing system hardware and then automatically configuring itself accordingly. By doing this, it produces a system that is almost ready for use.
Regardless of how proficient you are with Linux, you can expect to do some extra configuration after you have logged in to your system, even if it is as basic as changing the background picture or significantly altering the way GNOME looks. This chapter covers the various options you have to customize your system. We examine how to change the look and feel of Ubuntu, changing time and date settings, working with regional settings, and considering other options that impact how you interact with Ubuntu. Upon completion of this chapter, you will be familiar with the basics of the
Ubuntu desktop and know about some of the GUI configuration tools available.
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