Ubuntu 16.04 / Linux Mint 17.3


UBUNTU 16.04

Must have fresh-install programs…



cd ~ && wget -O - "https://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86" | tar xzf -


cd ~ && wget -O - "https://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86_64" | tar xzf -


Next, restart the Dropbox daemon to complete the installation:



sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox  (Not mentioned on the Dropbox website: confirmed to work in Ubuntu 16.04 / Mint 17.3)

Ubuntu Tweaks (Not as yet tested in Ubuntu 16.04)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak


sudo apt-get install clamav clamtk
sudo freshclam


sudo apt-get install shutter


sudo apt-get install chromium-browser


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hydr0g3n/qbittorrent-stable (no longer needed: Qbittorrent included in main repos)
sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install qbittorrent


sudo apt-get install vlc

Unity Tweak Tool

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

Everpad  (Not as yet tested in Ubuntu 16.04)

Not currently working with Ubuntu 13.10 due to ppa repository conflicts and issues with python-pyside/sqlalchemy version 0.8.* and higher.

The workaround is to “downgrade” to version 0.7.9 of SQLAlchemy as per below.

1) Download the .deb file of SQLAlchemy0.7.9 from https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/raring/i386/python-sqlalchemy/0.7.9-1

2) Ensure you download the 0.7.9 version from the above link, and not via apt-get or the Software Centre as you need the older “0.7.9” version for Everpad to work.

3) Install python-pyside via apt-get:

sudo apt-get install python-pyside

4) Install your downloaded 0.7.9 .deb file of SQLAlchemy by double clicking on it, and using the Software Centre to perform the “offline” installation of the older version.

5) Add the ppa using the command line.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nvbn-rm/ppa

5) Use update the system and use apt-get to install Everpad.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install everpad

Remove the “Amazon” search filter from Ubuntu’s Unity dash (Not needed in Ubuntu 16.04).

(thanks to ‘askUbuntu’ for some of the information contained below).

One method is to search for “Privacy” from within the Unity dash and disable the “Online Search” within the Privacy & Security settings tab.

Another (more complete) fix is the method described here.

I strongly suggest that your visit the above-linked website to read about this particular fix, which involves opening a terminal window, copy, pasting and executing the CLI syntax (by entering the root password).

Ubuntu Privacy Fix

Ubuntu Privacy Fix

Ubuntu Privacy Fix (Cont')

Ubuntu Privacy Fix (Cont’)

Enable and use the Ubuntu Firewall.

Enable the firewall:

sudo ufw enable

Check status:

sudo ufw status

Get the graphical interface:

sudo apt-get install gufw





LUBUNTU 13.10 (as yet, not tested in Lubuntu 16.04)

Get your Power-Management back when using Lubuntu 13.10.

You may notice (as I did) that Lubuntu 13.10 (which uses the minimalist LXDE desktop) represents a beautifully clean, crisp & simple desktop environment.  However, what I didn’t appreciate was just how clean/minimalist the desktop was: to the extent that the most obvious settings are are unable to be found within any of the icons, or menus within Lubuntu.  Specifically, in Lub. 13.10, there is no way to adjust the power-management settings without opening a Terminal or using the ALT-F2 command tool (unless you are using a laptop, which is currently discharging or charging the battery).  Missing is the Power-Management menu item, OR the battery taskbar icon: either of which one could adjust the power settings through.

Of the many various solutions mentioned at AskUbuntu, and the several blogs that I browsed to, only the following worked for my installation of Lubuntu 13.10.

Step 1 – Enable Lubuntu Power-Management & Display Settings by ALT-F2ing “xfce4-power-manager-settings” and click ok.


Step 2 – Enable the Power-Management System Icon: When the battery is present (i.e. At all times on a Laptop).

Xfce Power Manager_002

Step 3 – Turn off the display screen savers/power savers from within Xfce Power manager.

Xfce Power Manager_004.

Xfce Power Manager_003.

Xfce Power Manager_006

Sometimes, the naughty Lubuntu OS fails to load desired applications on startup, even when told to within each application’s preferences settings (Specifically for me, these applications have included Xfce Power Manager, Dropbox Daemon, & Docky).  One workaround for this issue involves specifically allowing each application to load on system startup as per the below image.

Startup Applications

To get to the above options page (the LXSession Default Applications Manager), begin by opening the LXDE menu (LXDE icon, bottom left of the desktop) and navigate to Preferences -> Default applications for LXSession (as illustrated below).


Once the LXSession Default Applications Manager is open, navigate to the Autostart tab, and change the “Disable autostart applications” selector button to No. Then simply tick the applications you wish to load upon system boot. Close, and reboot the session to check that all is well and working as intended.

Load at Startup



Linux Mint 17.3 xfce

Install Dropbox via CLI.

(Courtesy of the Dropbox website here: https://www.dropbox.com/install?os=linux )


cd ~ && wget -O - "https://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86" | tar xzf -


cd ~ && wget -O - "https://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86_64" | tar xzf -

Next, start the Dropbox daemon:



If the Dropbox icon appears as a red and black struck-out circle (with an inability to select any preferences), then run the following within the terminal:

dropbox stop && DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS="" dropbox start

This should fix the problem.


(The below information is now superseded, applying to Linux Mint 16 xfce)

(Reproduced courtesy of the brilliant team at UbuntuHandbook.org)

In Linux Mint 16 xfce, the Ubuntu method of installing the dropbox-nautilus client is problematic, due to the fact that LM xfce uses Thunar as its GUI file manager and not nautilus.  Using this method, enables installation of dropbox via CLI using an additional PPA to install a Thunar plugin.  Open the terminal and run the following to add the PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rebuntu16/other-stuff

Next, update apt, and install dropbox

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install thunar-dropbox-plugin

Then, quit any open examples of Thunar and open dropbox from the whisker menu to run and sync your folders.

thunar --quit

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