Linux Distro Selection & Installation

Ubuntu Linux 10.04.4 LTS Install & Post Install Instructions

note: 10.04 is an older out of LTS build that is ideal for older computers with lesser video processing and memory resources. Minimum requirements:

·   Desktop: Post-2004 CPU (last generation P4 or better) with discrete Video card and 512MB DDR.

·    Laptop: Post 2005 CPU (Core Duo or AMD equiv) with on-board video and 512MB DDR2.

It is not recommended for post-2010 computers. For those computers, Linux 14.04.4 LTS is the recommended distribution.


  1. clean install via USB (boot from USB via BIOS boot selection)

  2. erase existing OS (unless retention is necessary) and replace with Linux 10.04 LTS.

  3. time zone is GMT-8, keyboard is default.

  4. set user to “lausduser”, username to “lausd_user”, computer name to serial number, password to “lausd2004”. log in automatically.

  5. DO NOT REMOVE USB after install is complete. restart when prompted. to remove the USB, either go to BIOS, remove drive, then exit BIOS w/o saving OR upon restarting OS go to Places / Computer / right-click and “Safely Remove” USB drive.


  1. Update Manager will automatically open after sync with servers. Open settings and set: updates to check every two weeks, automatically instal security updates, notify for new releases to never.

  2. Install updates. OS will prompt for password - then, restart when prompted.

  3. Open Firefox. Set home pages as desired, then go to , Teacher’s Corner, and install LAUSD FF root certificate (check all boxes). On older computers with failing BIOS batteries, check date. The certificate is good only for a certain date range.

  4. Set Screensaver to 15 minutes, Floating Ubuntu (or custom floating SS), do not lock.

  5. Set Power settings to Suspend after 2 hours, shut down on Lid Close (if laptop), do not turn off display. These are AC power settings. Battery power settings can be left alone. Restart.

  6. Go to Administrative / Synaptics Package Manager. Search for “flashplugin”. Click on the flashplugin package from Adobe. Mark, then click “Apply” at top of window. This will install flash. Close & Restart.

  7. Verify Flash functionality by going to the Teacher’s Corner page and clicking on the Adobe flash control panel link. For software that requires restricted mic/cam access, this panel will allow you to set permissions (notable R180, which needs to be added to safe sites list).

  8. Set desktop background to Pier (temporary) or school site background (permanent). Background is stored on under Forms & Documents.

  9. Label computer: Date, Initials of installer, Series (ie., APEX BETA or R180 BETA), OS, and Installed Memory & Type (ie., 512MB DDR2). If needed, indicate who the unit is to be checked out to. “BETA” indicates that the unit is 100% functional but is a first generation product - when the configuration is confirmed to be stable and permanent over a period of time, following units can be labled “FINAL”.

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