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Debian 9 - Base Package Installation Script

After a fresh install of Debian 9 Mate, this is the first script I run to install all of the basic packages before running any manual customizations. It's here for the next time I re-install the OS.

I deliberately separated out the packages into commented chunks so that the script can be easily edited to your preferences. E.g you may use a different music player to rhythmbox. It also lets you know what the package is for which isn't always obvious from the name.


# update
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt dist-upgrade -y

# Install extra mate stuff
sudo apt install -y mate-desktop-environment-extras

# Install byobu for terminal session management
sudo apt install -y byobu

# Install our favourite file browsers
# nautilus sucks with the lack of type-ahead now
sudo apt install -y thunar nemo

# Install shutter (and its necessary helper packages)
# for better screenshot management
# you'll have to manually set keyboard shortcuts
sudo apt install -y shutter gnome-web-photo libimage-exiftool-perl

# Install our video players
sudo apt install -y mpv vlc

# Install our music player
sudo apt install -y rhythmbox

# Install inkscape for when we need to edit/create
# SVG icons
sudo apt install -y inkscape

# Install tool for easily installing fonts from google
sudo apt install -y typecatcher

# Install some text editors
sudo apt install -y gedit leafpad

# Istall Atom editor
wget -O atom.deb
sudo dpkg -i atom.deb
rm atom.deb

# Install helpful monitoring tools
sudo apt install -y htop nload pydf sysstat ncdu

# Install thunderbird email client
sudo apt install -y thunderbird

# Install nfs-common so we can mount nfs shares
sudo apt install -y nfs-common 

# Install the terminator terminal. Great alternative to 
# having to use tmux to split a terminal into chunks
sudo apt install -y terminator

# Install dconf-editor for editing low level settings
sudo apt install -y dconf-editor

# Install synapse launcher
sudo apt install -y synapse

# Install preload to speed up things like launching synapse
#sudo apt install -y preload

# Install openvpn for VPN connections
sudo apt install -y openvpn

# Install dig tool for DNS querying
sudo apt install -y dnsutils

# Install our version control systems
sudo apt install -y git subversion

# Install rabbitvcs with nautilus for git/svn
# because it just works.
sudo apt install -y rabbitvcs-cli rabbitvcs-nautilus

# Install the tkdiff tool which is much faster than meld, but read-only
sudo apt install -y tkdiff

# Install ifconfig
sudo apt install -y net-tools

# Accept incoming SSH connections
sudo apt-get install openssh-server -y

# Install vim
sudo apt install -y vim

# Set vim as default editor
echo 'export EDITOR=vim' >> $HOME/.bashrc
sudo update-alternatives --config editor

# Fix vim pasting issue
echo "set mouse=" > .vimrc
sudo echo "set mouse=" | sudo tee -a /root/.vimrc

# vim - enable syntax highlighting
SEARCH='"syntax on'
REPLACE='syntax on'
sudo sed -i "s;$SEARCH;$REPLACE;" $FILEPATH

# Disable use of motherboard speaker beeping at you.
sudo modprobe -r pcspkr

# Install php packages
sudo apt install -y php7.0-cli php7.0-mysqlnd

# Install mysql client for connecting to remote databases
sudo apt install -y mysql-client

# Install expect for automated interaction with cli scripts
sudo apt install -y tcl-expect expect


Last updated: 9th May 2020
First published: 16th August 2018