Install and Configure Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Duc A. Hoang 26 May 2018 30 May 2018 linux


This post contains a collection of tips and tricks for installing and configuring Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. The system was pre-installed with the official release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. All commands are executed in a Ubuntu Terminal–the default commandline interface of Ubuntu. For a brief introduction on Ubuntu commands, see, e.g., this tutorial. Several useful tips and tricks for using Ubuntu and other Linux distribution can be found at this page.

Enable Ubuntu partner repository

Edit the file /etc/apt/sources.list by adding the following lines.

deb xenial partner
deb-src xenial partner

Desktop environment

GNOME (Shell, Flashback) desktop

sudo apt update
sudo apt install gnome gnome-shell gnome-panel gnome-flashback gnome-session-flashback gnome-tweak-tool
sudo apt upgrade

Several Gnome-Shell extensions can be installed from here.

Some configuration tools

sudo apt install unetbootin grub2 xorriso isomaster squashfs-tools debootstrap checkinstall libcdio-utils
sudo apt install gparted testdisk partimage xfsprogs reiserfsprogs jfsutils ntfs-3g dosfstools mtools
sudo apt install secure-delete wipe
sudo apt install samba cifs-utils system-config-samba 
sudo apt install lnav # Logfile navigator
sudo apt install ssh subversion git git-core mercurial mercurial-common ufw
sudo apt install python python-dev python-mysqldb python-setuptools python-pip python-matplotlib python-pywapi
sudo apt install openjdk-8-jdk openjdk-8-jre icedtea-8-plugin
sudo apt install libnetpbm10 libnetpbm10-dev

Extract and compress files

sudo apt install unace unrar unzip zip lrzip p7zip-full p7zip-rar sharutils rar uudeview mpack arj cabextract file-roller

Some common applications

sudo apt install pidgin pidgin-otr nautilus-dropbox encfs
sudo apt install goldendict pdfshuffler artha calibre fbreader djview4 shutter tasksel cups cups-pdf 
sudo apt install network-manager-openvpn openvpn 
sudo apt install filezilla gnugo uligo qgo gmchess

Language packages and input keyboards

sudo apt install language-selector-gnome 
sudo apt install language-pack-gnome-en language-pack-gnome-vi language-pack-gnome-ja 
sudo apt install ibus ibus-unikey ibus-anthy ibus-m17n ibus-gtk scim scim-unikey


Arc theme

sudo apt install autoconf automake pkg-config libgtk-3-dev git
cd $HOME
git clone --depth 1
cd arc-theme
./ --prefix=/usr
sudo make install
cd ..
git clone
cd arc-firefox-theme
./ --prefix=/usr
sudo make install
cd ..
sudo rm -rf arc-theme arc-firefox-theme

Numix theme

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:numix/ppa 
sudo apt update
sudo apt install numix-gtk-theme numix-icon-theme

Vivacious colors icon theme

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ravefinity-project/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vivacious-colors

Faenza icon theme

sudo apt install faenza-icon-theme

Papirus icon theme

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:varlesh-l/papirus-pack
sudo apt update
sudo apt install papirus-gtk-icon-theme

Extra configurations

Disable Guest account

Edit the file /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf by adding the following lines.


Next, restart the service

sudo /etc/init.d/lightdm restart

Reconfigure keyboard

In case your Fn button in your laptop keyboard does not work, you might need to reconfigure the keyboard.

sudo dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration

Enable firewall

sudo apt install gufw # for graphical interface
sudo ufw enable

Move window buttons to the right

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout ':minimize,maximize,close'

Show user name in Unity panel

gsettings set com.canonical.indicator.session show-real-name-on-panel true

Change background, theme and icon theme of the login screen

sudo gsettings set com.canonical.unity-greeter background "/usr/share/backgrounds/milkyway.jpg" 
# the default background is warty-final-ubuntu.png
sudo gsettings set com.canonical.unity-greeter icon-theme-name "Vivacious-Dark-Blue" 
# the default theme is ubuntu-mono-dark
sudo gsettings set com.canonical.unity-greeter theme-name "Arc-Dark" 
# the default theme is Ambiance

Change window border in GNOME Flashback

I use Arc-Dark theme instead of the default Ambiance theme.

gsettings set org.gnome.metacity theme 'Arc-Dark' # the default theme is Ambiance

Dual monitor

I use a FlexScan EV2116W-A monitor as a second monitor (beside the built-in monitor in my laptop). A note is that you need to configure the monitor to make it recieve D-SUB input or DVI input signals (using the SIGNAL button at the bottom of the monitor), depending on the connector you use.

Fix error: Network Manager wired Ethernet stuck in ``getting IP config’’ after resume from suspend

Create a file named ethernet_fix in /usr/bin with the following contents


/sbin/modprobe -v -r r8169
/sbin/modprobe -v r8169

and make it executable using

sudo chmod a+x /usr/bin/ethernet_fix

Then, create a file ethernet_fix in /lib/systemd/system-sleep with the following contents


case "${1}" in
 hibernate|suspend) ;;
 resume|thaw) ethernet_fix;;

and make it executable using

sudo chmod a+x /lib/systemd/system-sleep/ethernet_fix

Finally, create a file ethernet_fix.service in /etc/systemd/system with the following contents

Description=Restart ethernet after resume



and install that service file with

sudo systemctl enable ethernet_fix.service

Change SSH default port

The SSH default port is 22. To avoid anonymous security theft, you may want to change it by editing the file /etc/ssh/sshd_config. The port option are at the lines.

# What ports, IPs and protocols we listen for
Port 22
# Use these options to restrict which interfaces/protocols sshd will bind to 

After changing the port, say from 22 to 220, restart the SSH service

sudo service ssh restart

and try to login

sudo ssh -X -p 220 username@

Skype (x64 OS only)


TexLive 2017

Download TexLive ISO Image

Visit this page. JAIST also maintains a CTAN mirror, so you can download the ISO image at

For TexLive 2017, I downloaded the file texlive2017-20170524.iso and put it at my $HOME folder.

How to Install

cd $HOME
mkdir mnt 
sudo mount -t iso9660 -o ro,loop,noauto texlive2017-20170524.iso mnt
cd mnt
sudo ./install-tl -gui text 
# use a plain text interfact
# see for other options of the installer's interface
# Install as instructed in the installer
cd $HOME 
sudo umount mnt


For 64-bit OS, add the followings to /etc/bash.bashrc.

MANPATH=/usr/local/texlive/2017/texmf-dist/doc/man:$MANPATH; export MANPATH
INFOPATH=/usr/local/texlive/2017/texmf-dist/doc/info:$INFOPATH; export INFOPATH
PATH=/usr/local/texlive/2017/bin/x86_64-linux:$PATH; export PATH

Next, add the following after the line # set up PATH to MANPATH mapping in /etc/manpath.config.

MANPATH_MAP /usr/local/texlive/2017/bin/x86_64-linux /usr/local/texlive/2017/texmf-dist/doc/man

For 32-bit OS, replace x86_64-linux by i386-linux.

Tell APT about your TexLive installation using a dummy package

The original instruction is at

sudo apt-get install equivs
mkdir /tmp/tl-equivs && cd /tmp/tl-equivs
equivs-control texlive-local
# edit texlive-local (see below)
equivs-build texlive-local
sudo dpkg -i texlive-local_2017-1_all.deb
sudo apt-get install tex-common texinfo lmodern

At the step edit texlive-local, edit the Maintainer field and the list of the packages provided by your local TeX Live installation as appropriate. If you installed scheme-full except collection-texinfo as recommended, the file should look like the following example file for TexLive 2017.

Section: misc
Priority: optional
Standards-Version: 3.9.8

Package: texlive-local
Version: 2017-1
Maintainer: you <>
Provides: chktex, biblatex, biblatex-dw, cm-super, cm-super-minimal, context, 
 dvidvi, dvipng, feynmf, fragmaster, jadetex, lacheck, latex-beamer, 
 latex-cjk-all, latex-cjk-chinese, latex-cjk-chinese-arphic-bkai00mp, 
 latex-cjk-chinese-arphic-bsmi00lp, latex-cjk-chinese-arphic-gbsn00lp, 
 latex-cjk-chinese-arphic-gkai00mp, latex-cjk-common, latex-cjk-japanese, 
 latex-cjk-japanese-wadalab, latex-cjk-korean, latex-cjk-thai, latexdiff, 
 latexmk, latex-sanskrit, latex-xcolor, lcdf-typetools, lmodern, luatex, 
 musixtex, passivetex, pgf, preview-latex-style, prosper, ps2eps, psutils, 
 purifyeps, t1utils, tex4ht, tex4ht-common, tex-gyre, texlive, texlive-base, 
 texlive-bibtex-extra, texlive-binaries, texlive-common, texlive-extra-utils,
 texlive-fonts-extra, texlive-fonts-extra-doc, texlive-fonts-recommended,
 texlive-fonts-recommended-doc, texlive-font-utils, texlive-formats-extra,
 texlive-games, texlive-generic-extra, texlive-generic-recommended,
 texlive-humanities, texlive-humanities-doc, texlive-lang-african,
 texlive-lang-all, texlive-lang-arabic, texlive-lang-cjk, texlive-lang-cyrillic,
 texlive-lang-czechslovak, texlive-lang-english, texlive-lang-european,
 texlive-lang-japanese, texlive-lang-chinese, texlive-lang-korean,
 texlive-lang-french, texlive-lang-german, texlive-lang-greek, 
 texlive-lang-indic, texlive-lang-italian, texlive-lang-other, 
 texlive-lang-polish, texlive-lang-portuguese, texlive-lang-spanish,
 texlive-latex-base, texlive-latex-base-doc, texlive-latex-extra, 
 texlive-latex-extra-doc, texlive-latex-recommended, 
 texlive-latex-recommended-doc, texlive-luatex, texlive-math-extra, 
 texlive-metapost, texlive-metapost-doc, texlive-music,
 texlive-omega, texlive-pictures, texlive-pictures-doc, texlive-plain-extra,
 texlive-pstricks, texlive-pstricks-doc, texlive-publishers,
 texlive-publishers-doc, texlive-science, texlive-science-doc, texlive-xetex,
 thailatex, tipa, tipa-doc, xindy, xindy-rules, xmltex, asymptote, texinfo
Depends: freeglut3
Architecture: all
Description: My local installation of TeX Live 2017.
 A full "vanilla" TeX Live 2017

Install getnonfreefonts

For 64-bit OS.

sudo -s
texlua install-getnonfreefonts
ln -s /usr/local/texlive/2017/bin/x86_64-linux/getnonfreefonts /usr/local/bin
ln -s /usr/local/texlive/2017/bin/x86_64-linux/getnonfreefonts-sys /usr/local/bin
getnonfreefonts --sys -a
rm install-getnonfreefonts

For 32-bit OS, replace x86_64-linux by i386-linux.


Install via APT

sudo apt install texmaker

In Ubuntu 16.04, it may happen that the English spell check does not work. To fix this, re-set the spelling dictionary as /usr/share/hunspell/en_US.dic.

Solarized theme

The original instruction is at Edit $HOME/.config/xm1/texmaker.ini



git clone
cd latex2html
make # Run `make test` for compiling a small test document at the `tests` subdirectory
sudo make install

I also made a quick note on installing LaTeX2HTML in Windows.

IPE Extensible Drawing Editor 7.2.7

For more information on IPE, see its homepage. The original instruction can be found here.

sudo apt install checkinstall zlib1g-dev qtbase5-dev qtbase5-dev-tools
sudo apt install libfreetype6-dev libcairo2-dev libjpeg8-dev
sudo apt install libpng12-dev liblua5.3-dev
tar -xvf ipe-7.2.7-src.tar.gz
cd ipe-7.2.7/src
export QT_SELECT=5
make IPEPREFIX=/usr/local
sudo checkinstall --pkgname=ipe --pkgversion=7.2.7 --backup=no --fstrans=no --default make install IPEPREFIX=/usr/local
sudo ldconfig

Finally, create /usr/share/applications/ipe.desktop with the following contents

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=IPE extensible drawing editor

and make it executable.

sudo chmod a+x /usr/share/applications/ipe.desktop

Secured login with Google Authenticator

Install libpam-google-authenticator package

sudo apt install libpam-google-authenticator

Create an Authentication Key


Allow the command to update your Google Authenticator file by typing y. Google Authenticator will present you with a secret key and several ``emergency scratch codes.’’, which will be used in case you lose your phone. Enter the secret key in the Google Authenticator app on your phone (official apps are available for Android, iOS, and Blackberry). You’ll now have a constantly changing verification code on your phone.

Activate authentication for SSH login

Edit the file /etc/pam.d/sshd by adding the following line.

auth required

Next, open the /etc/ssh/sshd_config file, locate the ChallengeResponseAuthentication line, and change it to ChallengeResponseAuthentication yes.

Finally, restart the SSH service

sudo service ssh restart

Activate authentication for graphical logins

Here’s how to do this with LightDM login manager. Similar to the case of SSH login, edit the file /etc/pam.d/lightdm by adding the following line.

auth required nullok

In this case, the nullok option allows the system to let a user log in even if they haven’t run the google-authenticator command to set up two-factor authentication. If they have set it up, they’ll have to enter a time-baesd code — otherwise they won’t. Remove the nullok and user accounts who haven’t set up a Google Authenticator code just won’t be able to log in graphically.

You could also force Google Authenticator to be required for other types of logins - potentially even all system logins - by adding the line auth required to other PAM configuration files. Be careful if you do this. And remember, you may want to add nullok so users who haven’t gone through the setup process can still log in.


sudo apt install clamav clamtk

purple-facebook plugin for Pidgin

sudo apt install autoconf automake libtool mercurial build-essential
sudo apt install libglib2.0-dev libjson-glib-dev libpurple-dev
git clone
cd purple-facebook
sudo make install

TLP power manager

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp
sudo apt update
sudo apt install tlp tlp-rdw smartmontools ethtool
tlp start

Systemback - Backup and Restore

echo "Installing Systemback - A backup and restore tool for Linux"
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nemh/systemback 
sudo apt update
sudo apt install systemback


echo "deb xenial main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
gpg --keyserver --recv 886DDD89
gpg --export A3C4F0F979CAA22CDBA8F512EE8CBC9E886DDD89 | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt update
sudo apt install tor

Zotero Standalone

If you want to use the latest binary version, download it from the Zotero’s download page. An alternative way is installing Zotero Standalone via PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:smathot/cogscinl
sudo apt update
sudo apt install zotero-standalone


See this page.

Ruby Version Manager

First of all, install curl.

sudo apt-get install curl

Then install RVM

curl -sSL | bash -s stable

You will get some output report like the followings. Here anhduc is my username and ASUS-X44H is my computer name.

anhduc@ASUS-X44H: $ curl -sSL | bash -s stable

Installing RVM to /home/anhduc/.rvm/
    Adding rvm PATH line to /home/anhduc/.profile /home/anhduc/.bashrc /home/anhduc/.zshrc.
    Adding rvm loading line to /home/anhduc/.bash_profile /home/anhduc/.zlogin.
Installation of RVM in /home/anhduc/.rvm/ is almost complete:

  * To start using RVM you need to run `source /home/anhduc/.rvm/scripts/rvm`
    in all your open shell windows, in rare cases you need to reopen all shell windows.

# anhduc,
#   Thank you for using RVM!
#   We sincerely hope that RVM helps to make your life easier and more enjoyable!!!
#  Wayne, Michal & team.

In case of problems: and 

To run RVM, you neend to use the command source /home/anhduc/.rvm/scripts/rvm.

Install Ruby

Install the latest Ruby version (see this page). At the time I wrote this guide, the latest version is 2.4.1.

rvm requirements
rvm install 2.4.1
rvm use 2.4.1 --default

Install nodejs

sudo apt-get install nodejs

Install Jekyll

Since I’ve already got my own Gemfile and Gemfile.lock files, I install Jekyll and all other dependencies using bundler.

gem install bundler
# Move to the folder that contains `Gemfile` and `Gemfile.lock`
bundle install

The content of my file Gemfile

source ''

gem 'jekyll'
gem 'rouge'
gem 'kramdown'
gem 'rake'
gem 'jekyll-scholar'
gem 'pygments.rb'
gem 'jekyll-sitemap'
gem 'jekyll-feed'
gem 'jekyll-email-protect'

The content of my file Gemfile.lock

    addressable (2.5.1)
      public_suffix ( > 2.0, >= 2.0.2)
    bibtex-ruby (4.4.3)
      latex-decode ( > 0.0)
    citeproc (1.0.5)
      namae ( > 0.8)
    citeproc-ruby (1.1.6)
      citeproc (>= 1.0.4, < 2.0)
      csl ( > 1.4)
    colorator (1.1.0)
    csl (1.4.5)
      namae ( > 0.7)
    csl-styles (
      csl ( > 1.0)
    ffi (1.9.18)
    ffi (1.9.18-x64-mingw32)
    ffi (1.9.18-x86-mingw32)
    forwardable-extended (2.6.0)
    jekyll (3.4.3)
      addressable ( > 2.4)
      colorator ( > 1.0)
      jekyll-sass-converter ( > 1.0)
      jekyll-watch ( > 1.1)
      kramdown ( > 1.3)
      liquid ( > 3.0)
      mercenary ( > 0.3.3)
      pathutil ( > 0.9)
      rouge ( > 1.7)
      safe_yaml ( > 1.0)
    jekyll-email-protect (1.0.3)
    jekyll-feed (0.9.2)
      jekyll ( > 3.3)
    jekyll-sass-converter (1.5.0)
      sass ( > 3.4)
    jekyll-scholar (5.9.1)
      bibtex-ruby ( > 4.0, >= 4.0.13)
      citeproc-ruby ( > 1.0)
      csl-styles ( > 1.0)
      jekyll ( > 3.0)
    jekyll-sitemap (1.1.1)
      jekyll ( > 3.3)
    jekyll-watch (1.5.0)
      listen ( > 3.0, < 3.1)
    kramdown (1.13.2)
    latex-decode (0.2.2)
      unicode ( > 0.4)
    liquid (3.0.6)
    listen (3.0.8)
      rb-fsevent ( > 0.9, >= 0.9.4)
      rb-inotify ( > 0.9, >= 0.9.7)
    mercenary (0.3.6)
    multi_json (1.12.1)
    namae (0.11.3)
    pathutil (0.14.0)
      forwardable-extended ( > 2.6)
    public_suffix (2.0.5)
    pygments.rb (1.1.2)
      multi_json (>= 1.0.0)
    rake (12.0.0)
    rb-fsevent (0.9.8)
    rb-inotify (0.9.8)
      ffi (>= 0.5.0)
    rouge (1.11.1)
    safe_yaml (1.0.4)
    sass (3.4.23)
    unicode (
    unicode (




Ubuntu Tweak

Ubuntu Tweak - a tool for Ubuntu that makes it easy to configure your system and desktop settings - can be installed from the GetDeb repository as follows.

wget getdeb1_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i getdeb-repository_0.1-1 getdeb1_all.deb
sudo apt update
sudo apt install ubuntu-tweak

VMWare Horizon Client in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS x64

To access JAIST Cloud Desktop (Windows environment), one needs to install VMware Horizon Clients. The following tutorial describes how to install VMware Horizon Clients in Ubuntu 16.04 64-bit.

Download VMWare Horizon Client and Install

One can download VMware Horizon Clients for 64-bit Linux from here. At the time of writing this tutorial, the downloaded file is VMware-Horizon-Client-4.6.0-6617224.x64.bundle.

chmod +x VMware-Horizon-Client-4.6.0-6617224.x64.bundle
sudo ./VMware-Horizon-Client-4.6.0-6617224.x64.bundle

Some errors after install VMWare Horizon Client


sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/

Cannot share folder

The original solution is available here. The reason of this error is that, on Ubuntu 16.04 x64 distributions, the library included in the distribution is incompatible with the current Client Drive Redirection (CDR) implementation. To work around this limitation, copy the library file from an Ubuntu 14.04 x64 distribution (which can be downloaded from here) to your Ubuntu 16.04 x64 distribution.


Poppler 0.43.0

sudo apt-get install -qq -y cmake gcc libgetopt++-dev git pkg-config libopenjpeg-dev libfontconfig1-dev libfontforge-dev poppler-data poppler-utils poppler-dbg
tar -xvf poppler-0.43.0.tar.xz
cd poppler-0.43.0/
./configure --enable-xpdf-headers
sudo make install


sudo apt-get install -qq -y packaging-dev pkg-config python-dev libpango1.0-dev libglib2.0-dev libxml2-dev giflib-dbg libjpeg-dev libtiff-dev uthash-dev libspiro-dev
git clone --depth 1
cd fontforge/
sudo make install


git clone --depth 1
cd pdf2htmlEX/
cmake .
sudo make install