A new start

2019-04-13 19:15:00 +0000 - Written by Carl Burks

I had been dual booting for a while and I wanted to start over with a single OS installed on my laptop.

I figured I’d stick with Ubuntu until I found a compeling reason to swap.

I already had a thumb drive with 18.10 so I didn’t need to set that up. I backed up my files to a USB drive and rebooted with the thumbdrive.

The computer has two drives in it an M.2 and an SSD. The M.2 is only 128GB and the SSD is 1TB so I did the following setup:

The m.2 is sda. The ssd is sdb.

/sda/sda1 /boot ext4    1 GB
/sda/sda2 swap          32 GB
/sda/sda3 /             Remaining

/sdb/sdb1 /home         Full TB

I installed spotify with:

snap install spotify

Next I got virtualbox installed:

sudo apt-get install virtualbox

I got windows up and running in a VM and was able to connect to the family minecraft server so that was the first priority.

I then got Visual Studio code from their website: https://code.visualstudio.com/

Next up was copying over my blog, so I could document my next steps.

I installed steam with:

sudo apt-get install steam

I copied over my book library and installed calibre with:

sudo apt-get install calibre

Then I decided I wanted to try to run android apps.

I installed anbox

sudo apt-get install anbox

It didn’t open so I loaded the Kernel mods:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:morphis/anbox-support
sudo apt update
sudo apt install linux-headers-generic anbox-modules-dkms
sudo modprobe ashmem_linux
sudo modprobe binder_linux

The android image was still missing so…. I downloaded it from:


I copied the image to the right location:

sudo cp ~/Downloads/android_amd64.img /var/lib/anbox/android.img

removed the anbox and installed the snap

sudo apt-get remove anbox
snap install --devmode --beta anbox
sudo apt install curl wget lzip unzip squashfs-tools
wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/geeks-r-us/anbox-playstore-installer/master/install-playstore.sh

Looked at the script with code first.

then ran:

chmod +x install-playstore.sh

Opened anbox and added full permissions.

anbox launch --package=org.anbox.appmgr --component=org.anbox.appmgr.AppViewActivity

Then I installed Skype for Business in AnBox. I also installed Minecraft inside AnBox.

It opened both to a white screen.

I swapped the driver to the NVIDIA one which was appropriate for my laptop.

Still white screen.

I came here:


Running it I get:

 Error initializing NSS with a persistent database

I hadn’t installed chrome so that was next.

That wasn’t the problem, but I was missing “nss”.

sudo apt-get install libnss3 libnss3-tools


sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

still didn’t work

added apt-file to search

sudo apt install apt-file
sudo apt-get install libnss3-dbg libnss3-dev
sudo apt-get install libnss3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get purge libappstream3
sudo apt-get install libnss3
sudo apt-get update
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/nss/ /usr/lib/nss


I linked my ubuntu account and launched it from the gnome menu and it opened. I had to pick a version before it would download.


Then it was time for some styling:

background for terminal to green on black

Then for more shells:

snap install powershell --classic
sudo apt-get install xonsh

Just for fun I swapped the vscode terminal to powershell:

"terminal.integrated.shell.linux": "/snap/bin/powershell"

Then some gitkraken:



To get my steam controller recognized by steam I had to:

sudo apt-get steam-devices


because of breaking changes in gnome on ubuntu I’ve replaced the terminal:

sudo apt-get install terminator 

then because of https://bugs.launchpad.net/terminator/+bug/1668245

I had to

mkdir -p ~/.config/terminator
touch ~/.config/terminator/config

I also installed GIMP

sudo apt-get install gimp

I also added lm-sensors

sudo apt-get install lm-sensors
sudo apt-get install sensors-applet
sudo apt-get install psensor

I also added cmus for music playing:

sudo apt-get install cmus

Edit: I needed to manipulate a spreadsheet

sudo apt-get install libreoffice-calc

Edit: I needed the voices on skyrim to work. I installed winecfg

sudo apt-get install wine

To Edit the winecfg:


swapping out the GAMEID with the right one. In my case it was:

WINEPREFIX=~/.steam/steam/steamapps/compatdata/489830/pfx/ winecfg




needed some python stuff I was looking at https://github.com/peterbraden/genetic-lisa/blob/master/python/genetic-images.py

sudo apt-get install python-pip libjpeg-dev
pip install -U numpy
pip install -U scipy
sudo apt-get install libjpeg-dev
pip install --no-cache-dir -I pillow==2.9.0