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Ubuntu 13.10 changed to just plain old Cinnamon desktop all bloatware removed fast + easy!

Read all before you do anything!

After installing a fresh Ubuntu 13.10, open the terminal with Ctrl+Alt+T

Start with first command (copy, paste for all) and move down the list step-by-step:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:oibaf/graphics-drivers  # (this is for AMD Radeon 5XXX Series)
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java 
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list'
wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get install wine1.7 winetricks cinnamon oracle-java7-installer virtualbox-4.3 steam bleachbit synaptic playonlinux samba qbittorrent
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get autoremove --purge unity unity-common unity-services unity-lens-\* unity-scope-\* unity-webapps-\* gnome-control-center-unity libunity-core-6\* libunity-misc4 libunity-webapps\* activity-log-manager-control-center thunderbird-globalmenu libufe-xidgetter0 xul-ext-unity gnome-control-center gnome-session compiz compiz-gnome compiz-plugins-default libcompizconfig0 nautilus nautilus-sendto nautilus-sendto-empathy nautilus-share unity-lens-applications unity-lens-files unity-lens-friends unity lens-music unity-lens-photos unity-lens-shopping unity-lens-video
sudo rm /usr/lib/thunderbird-addons/extensions/messagingmenu@mozilla.com.xpi
zeitgeist-daemon --quit
sudo apt-get autoremove --purge activity-log-manager-common python-zeitgeist rhythmbox-plugin-zeitgeist zeitgeist zeitgeist-core zeitgeist-datahub

Open Synaptic Package Manager (lost track of my steps around here, but looked up Cinnamon and made sure I had all the amd64 packages needed) then searched share got a few packages. Next I did applets, extensions and themes, I organized my start menu and placed applets in chosen places. I had to find a package for multi-core applet gir1.2-gtop to make it work and configure weather to my set location from weathernetwork.com

sudo reboot  

 |_ \   login to Cinnamon

These steps are from a guideline as well as some of my own for my own build, I used this website as my guide:

I wanted to build a clean, fast gaming rig and these steps I had to do two separate times because this person's steps made it so I was not able to use the taskbar or the whole system would freeze and I'd have to turn off the power supply (OUCH!). That's how I found out that these steps had some bugs, so I figured it all out. On the second fresh install, everything seems to be running excellently! (Why I did a fresh install? I wanted to find a way to repeat the steps every time) Keep in mind this needs a touch more tweaks, but I do not remember ALL the steps in the right order to type it out correctly after this step, but minor sharing packages and desktop editing tools (personal edit) through Synaptic Package Manager and Software Manager were mostly all I needed, and then I needed to add some more of the Cinnamon parts through Synaptic.

Feel free to add any comments or the rest of the final steps you find work for you (MAKE SURE THEY ARE IN ORDER PLEASE: To help people in the future) find the rest of the bugs you have found after all my steps. If you do not know what you are doing DO NOT do this to your Ubuntu PC! The guide I read from says the same as I will repeat: "I will not be held responsible if You break Your computer." I've half ass copied, refined, and fixed the bugs that I had found from the above site for an easier guideline to use for me. You can resort to site for more explanation on steps. Mine are just sudo commands copied from my terminal. Any other suggestions, other bugs, fixes for a better running operating system would be much appreciated. So far I'm happy with this build, but will be tweaking and stress testing it for the next few weeks.

Thanks for the read, hope you like it and everything goes smoothly for you like it did me. :) Thamas

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closed as off-topic by chaskes, Mateo, Braiam, Eric Carvalho, Warren Hill Mar 13 '14 at 13:08

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This question appears to be off-topic because it is not a question but a blog post. –  chaskes Mar 12 '14 at 5:03
new to site where do you post blogs –  Thamas Mar 12 '14 at 5:04
some people do look for step by step guides, specially ones I can re-use –  Thamas Mar 12 '14 at 5:06
If you want to share your knowledge, please, share it in Q&A manner. Edit your OP, leave question, and post answer clicking "Answer your question" –  Danatela Mar 12 '14 at 5:17
new users connot answer their own questions within 8 hours of posting... –  Thamas Mar 12 '14 at 5:22

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