QuickStart, The Swiss Army Knife For Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop

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Author: Falko Timme

In this article I will show how to install and use QuickStart on an Ubuntu 8.04 desktop. QuickStart is like a Swiss army knife, it allows you to do various things on your Ubuntu desktop: creating and restoring backups, running scheduled backups, backing up configuration files, installing some common applications, installing DVD codecs, deleting unnecessary files, etc.

This document comes without warranty of any kind! I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Installing QuickStart

Open a browser and go to http://www.quickstart.freeforums.org/quickstart-download-pics-t2.html. Click on the Install_QuickStart.sh download link:

Select Save File and store the file somewhere on your hard drive. In this example I store it directly on the desktop:

After the download has finished, right-click the icon of the downloaded file and select Properties:

In the Properties window, go to the Permissions tab and check Allow executing file as program; click on Close afterwards:

Next double-click the icon and select Run in Terminal:

Type in your password. QuickStart will then be installed:

After the installation, you can find QuickStart under Applications > Accessories > QuickStart:

You might see this message when you start QuickStart. Click on OK to continue:

This is how the QuickStart main menu looks. Select what you want to do and click on OK:

I will now walk you through a few of the available options.


2 Updating QuickStart

If you got the A new version of QuickStart exists message when you launched QuickStart, select 15 Download Updates for QuickStart and click on OK:

QuickStart will then automatically download the latest updates and update itself. At the end of the update process, you will see the following message:

QuickStart will finish itself, so to run the updated version, you must start it again (Applications > Accessories > QuickStart).


3 Show/Hide Desktop Icons

With QuickStart, you can show and hide the Computer, Home, Trash, Network, and Volumes icons on your desktop. Select 12 Show/Hide Desktop Icons:

Select the icons that you want to show or hide and click on OK:

For the changes to take effect, we must log out and in again...

... so we go to System > Quit (while QuickStart is still running!)...

... and select Log Out:

After you've logged in again, you should now see the selected icons on your desktop:

Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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By: hospital in Israel

QuickStart works amazing! I have a beautiful background picture and hiding the desktop icons was great!