Thursday, May 27, 2010

Installing Ubuntu, Ruby, Ramaze, Sequel, Vim, and More on an HP dm3-1130us

Sorry for not posting recently. My trusty Sony VAIO passed away and I've been getting my new box, an HP dm3-1130us running Linux with all the tools that I normally use. I thought I'd document it in case anyone else needed to do it. To be honest, most of this should work on any system not just mine or even an HP. Here are the steps:
  • Create boot disks. Use the Recovery Manager.
  • Use to create a bootable USB device.
  • Plug the USB drive in, reboot, and hit ESC (multiple times).
  • Select the USB device to boot
  • Ubuntu should load. Pick your name, language keyboard, time zone, and password (I think these are all that are asked for)
  • Install flash - sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree
  • Add the following add ons to Firefox (you may have different favorites)- Colorful Tabs, Faviconize, Vimperator
  • Install Ruby 1.9 - sudo apt-get install ruby1.9.1-full (will load executable ruby1.9.1)
  • Create a symbolic link for ruby - sudo ln -s /usr/bin/ruby1.9.1 /usr/bin/ruby
    Install 7zip - sudo apt-get install p7zip
  • Install gvim - sudo apt-get install vim-gnome; Create an application launcher
  • Name-gvim Location-/usr/bin/gvim Change the icon to /usr/share/pixmaps/vim.svg
  • Install Ruby gems - sudo apt-get install rubygems1.9.1
  • Install mailit mail package for ruby - sudo gem install mailit
    Install gemcutter (A replacement for SourceForge and gethub as gem repositories) - sudo gem install gemcutter
  • Install sequel - sudo gem install sequel
  • Install sqlite3 - sudo apt-get install sqlite3 libsqlite3-dev
  • Install sqlite3-ruby gem - sudo gem install sqlite3-ruby
  • Install ramaze - sudo gem install ramaze
  • Put sequel into /usr/bin - sudo ln -s /var/lib/gems/1.9.1/bin/sequel /usr/bin
  • Put ramaze in /usr/bin - sudo ln -s /var/lib/gems/1.9.1/bin/ramaze /usr/bin
  • Add the sqlite manager to Firefox -
  • Download snipmate.vim -
  • Unzip from ~/Downloads - unzip -d ~/.vim
  • Install irb *and* removed unused packages - sudo apt-get install irb1.9; sudo apt-get autoremove
  • Be able to use matchit (match ruby do/end etc.) in vim (may want to look at vim-addons for Debian/Ubuntu) - set rtp+=/usr/share/vim/addons/ (in the .vimrc file)
Vimperator is a Firefox add-on that if you use vim, you absolutely need. It makes Firefox behave like vim ("j" scrolls down, "k" scrolls up, etc.). For vim itself, you need to look at snipmate. It provides snippets (similar to TextMate I believe) and it will make your Ruby programming life much easier. The final step, for matchit, is a bit of a hack and you probably want to investigate the vim-addons tool which from my quick glance, looked like a gem type thing for vim add ons.

I'm keeping a list of everything I do system wise on this machine. I discovered that for the most part I had a ton of stuff that I wasn't using and sometimes had no idea what it was.

So, let me know if you have any questions or comments.

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