User Rights Assignment Ubuntu Studio

Note :  all was tested and written for Ubuntu 16.04 main edition. 

All of this informations are not meant to be compatible with other distribution or other version,

Don't be surprised if the note here are not working in another release, do it at your own risk.

Screenshot gallery :
Here are screenshots of my system. Click on them if you need to watch full size.

Nemo file manager with *.kra file preview (top-left),  Compiled Krita 3.0 (bottom-right)

General install advice

Preinstallation :

First: Backup, Backup and Backup your datas. Done? Let's move forward! 

Always prepare your disk before doing a new linux install ( and obviously backup any important data on a external disk before start ). Here I use the partionning tools ; GNOME Disk or Gparted. 

I usually create 3 partitions :

  • A small one for swap ; two time the size of my RAM is ok. In doubt, I create one of minimum 8GB.
  • A 25GB minimum partition formated as EXT4 for the Linux system. ( Note: I'm using a full 120GB SSD disk for it )
  • The last part of your disc, EXT4 , bigger, for your home. It means your documents, datas and user preferences. (Note: I'm using a 250GB disk for this. )

Dowload and burn a DVD or make a bootable USB key: 
If you come from a Mac/Windows or another GNU/Linux system; You'll find all you need to know here on the official Download page for the Ubuntu desktop. Read the guide and launch your installation media. 

Installation :
While installing be sure you checked the support of proprietary format , and also update while installing.
It's two checkbox on the install process, inviting to download update while installing, and use mp3/flash proprietary technologies.

When it ask for the destination disc to install Ubuntu, select the last option to make a custom choice of partition :
  • Our small 8GB partition use 'Swap'
  • Our 25GB partition for system need to be formated as Ext4 and mount the root ' / '
  • The last part , bigger, for our documents as Ext4 to use ' /home/ '
This way of separating '/' and '/home/' make easier maintenance in case of reinstalling, you can keep your /home/ and just reinstall the system on '/'...

First start-up

When the install process is over, and you first login into your new installed Ubuntu 16.04; launch a terminal from the menu ( or press <ctrl><alt>+T ) and upgrade the system. Here under is a line of code to copy/paste on the terminal. To copy <ctrl>+C  , to paste in a terminal it's a bit more complex <ctrl><shift>+V

sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Additional driver:
Launch in your menu the "Addtional driver" to check if your graphic card, CPU or other hardware don't propose a proprietary driver. 
If they do, it can be a good idea to test if the hardware is faster with it. For my Nvidia gfx-card, the gain of performance and stability is better with the proprietary driver, I use the last nvidia-update proposed. ( Note: restart your system after this )

Desktop environment choice:

On the top of a fresh install you can install as many desktop environment as you want. The big one already have *.iso ready-made : Kubuntu for KDE/plasma5 ; Xubuntu for XFCE ; Lubuntu for LXDE... etc... This spins contain mostly a set of packages recommended to run with the desktop-environment and a bit of branding. My own choice is the Cinnamon desktop with a panel on top, and clock centered to look like the GNOME desktop.

sudo apt install cinnamon cinnamon-desktop-environment
To switch desktop, log-out , at login screen, click on your name and next to it on the corner, click on the Ubuntu logo ; you'll be able to choose from here the dekstop environment you want to use. Switch to Cinnamon. Then login with name and password.

Note about the theme I use:

- Icon theme : Mint-X-Aqua  ( download as zip, and unpack all Mint-X folders the folder in home/<username>/.icons/ , then setup in Cinnamon System Settings)

- GTK theme : Mint-X-Aqua ( download as zip, and unpack all Mint-X folders the folder in home/<username>/.themes/ , then setup in Cinnamon System Settings)

- Cinnamon theme : Loki ( available via the GUI in Cinnamon settings )

- Windows manager theme (top bar): Numix ( sudo apt install numix-gtk-theme , then setup in Cinnamon System Settings)

- Fonts : Droid Sans 9 ( sudo apt install fonts-droid-fallback , then setup in Cinnamon System Settings)

Get back the control of yourAlt key for Blender and Krita
Launch the System Settings panel - >Windows -> Behavior (tab) 
for 'Special key to move and resize windows ( use <Super> )
also; remove the 'Attach dialog windows to the parent ; it's annoying in digital painting software.

Synaptic for a better package manager :
Synaptic is a bit ugly, it looks like a big database of all package available.
But it is quick, and with a little tweak it can have a powerfull search field to navigate the packages.
I also install gdebi, it opens the *.deb packages with a double-click on it and display a lot of information on the package before installing.

sudo apt install synaptic gdebi sudo apt install apt-xapian-index sudo update-apt-xapian-index -vf( run last line twice )
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[update] Fix Cinnamon panel disapearing after screenlock:

The culprit is the gnome-screensaver package, two screensaver launch at same time. To uninstall this package without removing anything else:

sudo dpkg -r --force-depends gnome-screensaver

Color profile:

In Cinnamon, the color calibration GUI works out-of-box for my PantoneHueyPro colorimeter.

There is a small hic-up in case of multi-screen when changing screen resolution or dispositions: the color profile might not load correctly. Removing the file ~/.config/monitors.xml fixes it.

Wacom tablet:

In Cinnamon, the GUI for Wacom tablet offer minimal yet powerful set of options: set buttons, set proportions to the screen...etc... The GUI is limited because you can't assign buttons modifier like <Ctrl> , <Shift> and <Alt> ...


For those who really need a way to assign this key and do more, here is the (big) workaround involving command line, script and other dirty things a normal user shoudn't consider as something normal to setup an hardware ( graphist needs a GUI and focus on making good graphism, not script/code ) :

1) Get your tablet device name :

This command returns the name of my Wacom device, useful for my script :

Wacom Intuos3 9x12 Pen stylus   id: 11 type: STYLUS
Wacom Intuos3 9x12 Pad pad       id: 12 type: PAD
Wacom Intuos3 9x12 Pen eraser   id: 15 type: ERASER
Wacom Intuos3 9x12 Pen cursor   id: 16 type: CURSOR

Note for reference your tablet pad name, mine here is Wacom Intuos3 9x12 Pad pad in this example. Select the name, then press <Ctrl>+<Shift>+C to copy it in your terminal.

2) Create a Xsetwacom bash script
Open the file manager (Nemo) , and in the folder of your choice ( I use /home/deevad/Script on my installation ) create a new empty file with right-click , "create a new document">"Empty document". Name it , then open it with a text-editor (Gedit). Inside it write a script like this with your tablet name:

#! /bin/bash xsetwacom set "Wacom Intuos3 9x12 Pad pad" Button 1 "key Shift_L" xsetwacom set "Wacom Intuos3 9x12 Pad pad" Button 2 "key Control_L"

This example script will map <Shift> to the button 1 of your tablet (resize brush in Krita) , and Control to the button 2 ( pick color on Krita/Gimp/Mypaint) of the tablet. The special keys use standard names, for assigning other type of key I paste here a list :

If you want to assign a modifier ( eg. Ctrl ) on the stylus button, it's also possible:

xsetwacom set "Wacom Intuos3 9x12 Pen stylus" Button 2 "key ctrl"

You can test all your xsetwacom lines inside the Terminal before writing them in your script. This way you'll test if you have a Button 5 , or Button 20... etc...

For my Intuos 3, the layout of the right side is like this ( I found it with guessing and trying ):

# ---------
# |   | 1 |
# | 3 |---|
# |   | 2 |
# |-------|
# |   8   |
# ---------

When your script is finished you can save it. In the file-manager ; right-click on it again > Properties > Permissions > and in front of Execute check the box for 'Allow executing file as a program'.

3) Run it, create a start-up

You can double click and run the script. Your key on tablet will be mapped. But all setup of the button will not last a reboot. That's why we made a script to execute it at each start-up. Go now on 'System Settings', then 'Start-up application' , press the 'Add' button , give the form a name of your choice, for the command pick your script via the 'Browse' button, and comment what you want about it.

More informations about Xsetwacom:

Full featured Nemo filemanager :

I prefer Nemo filemanager, it's often proposed with the Cinnamon desktop.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/nemo sudo apt update sudo apt install nemo nemo-fileroller nemo-rabbitvcs nemo-share nemo-emblemsThis is in case you meet issue with default Cinnamon/Nemo package, just fix package, and relaunch.
sudo apt-get -f installTo set nemo as default filemanager
xdg-mime default nemo.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-searchFolder colored:
To add the 'folder-color' feature to Nemo :
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:costales/folder-color sudo apt update sudo apt install folder-color-nemo nemo -q

Samba sharing on network with a right-click:
Just right click on a folder and share it, the service will auto-install everything and prompt you for a restart.

Thumbnails for Krita, Mypaint, Gimp:
Here is a quick thumbnailers for ora, kra, xcf, psd files: 
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mmolch sudo apt update sudo apt install mmolch-thumbnailers(source: )
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I compile Krita from sources;  check the dedicated article:  'Building Krita on Linux for cats ' ; But if you want a good version easy to install, Krita 2.9.7 is on the package manager :

sudo apt install krita

Gfx tools

Gcolor2 is a colorpicker, Inkscape my favorite vector editor, Gimp for manipulating images and Shutter for taking advanced screenshots.

sudo apt install gcolor2 inkscape gimp shutter

The plugin for Gimp and the CLI tool:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp sudo apt update sudo apt install gmic gimp-gmic


Blender, the 3D software:  
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thomas-schiex/blender sudo apt update sudo apt install blender

Audio tools

Here is a list of classics: Clementine for playing music, audacity for audio editing... 

sudo apt install clementine audacity mencoder

Video tools:

SimpleScreenrecording is the best capturing video recorder, with audio, with pause, preview, etc... the best way to screenrecord your desktop! (and I contributed to the project, so I'm proud of it :P )

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder sudo apt update sudo apt install simplescreenrecorder
My favorite video editing suite since 2009. I edited many Youtube videos, two DVDs and more.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kdenlive/kdenlive-stable sudo apt update sudo apt install kdenlive

Dev tools

My little development tools I use for Pepper&Carrot:

sudo apt install git-core geany wget unzip parallel diffutils grsync mc filezilla imagemagick ppa-purge exiftran lftp glipper python3-unidecode screenfetch

Remove long notification for parralel:

parallel --bibtex

I also like the text-editor Atom, especially for the markdown color syntax highlight as I store many document in markdown:
go to , they propose the *.deb. Open this deb with gdebi to install it.

For chatting on #krita freenode and #pepper&carrot ! Xchat2 is old ; Gnome-Xchat have weird interface imo ; and Polari is too young on Ubuntu repo ( can't Auth to a server, but promising Gnome app ).

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/hexchat-stable sudo apt update sudo apt install hexchat

Apache and Php:

I run my website (PluXml) on a private local install before uploading them remotely to my server. Here is how I setup it:

sudo apt install apache2 echo "ServerName localhost" | sudo tee /etc/apache2/conf-available/fqdn.conf sudo a2enconf fqdn sudo a2enmod rewriteThen PHP :
sudo apt install php libapache2-mod-php php-gd php-xml php-mbstring sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restartLinking the localhost to a folder in my documents ( /home/deevad/peppercarrot/www ) change it to your taste! easier to work and do backup:
sudo rm -r /var/www/html sudo ln -s /home/deevad/peppercarrot/www /var/www/html sudo gedit /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.confadd the following to the end of the file :
<Directory "/var/www/html"> AllowOverride All </Directory>then:
sudo service apache2 restart


Amazon link:
A one liner to clean the Amazon link in the main menu

sudo rm /usr/share/applications/ubuntu-amazon-default.desktop

Note for nicer custom icons on Favorite launcher ( in activities ) :
Some icons looks really bad and this is a issue when Unity launcher display them like jewels on the side of your screen. Some are so ugly, it should be considered as bug :P  I think in my number one of horrors : Zim, Hexchat, gcolor2 ... If you want to replace their icons, it's possible :
1) Go to /usr/share/applications with Files and locate the launcher of your application. Copy it. 
2) Paste the launcher in your home/<username>/.local/share/applications ( Ctrl+H to unhide the folder starting with a dot )
3) Right click on the launcher, then propriety, and set permission to executable ( Allow executing file as program ) and accept.
4) Right click again on the launcher , then propriety, and click now on the icon slot. 
5) You can browse to the new icons you saved on your disk, *.png or *.svg works fine.
6) restart or logout. 

You have other tips? Do you need help? Use the comments;  I'll do my best to answer :)

User Management

User Roles

Every RStudio Connect user account is configured with a role that controls their default capabilities on the system. Data scientists, analysts and others working in R will most likely want “publisher” accounts. Other users are likely to need only “viewer” accounts.

The property within the configuration section specifies the role for new accounts and defaults to . Other valid choices for this property are or .


RStudio Connect administrator accounts have permissions which allow them to manage the service. This includes setting the role of an account and configuring email settings. Administrators may or may not be system administrators. The specific capabilities of an administrator are documented here.


Accounts with a “publisher” role are allowed to deploy content into RStudio Connect. They can also help manage another user’s content when made a “collaborator” of that content.


“Viewer” accounts can be added as a viewer to specific content. They can discover that content through the RStudio Connect dashboard and see its settings. Viewers can also email themselves copies of documents they are permitted to see.


An anonymous visitor to RStudio Connect who is not authenticated with the system can view content that has been marked as viewable by “Everyone”.

User Permissions

Administrators and Publishers can be assigned permissions for content published to RStudio Connect.

All Content

Anonymous Visitors

Anonymous users can access content listed for . Anonymous viewers access content through direct URLs and will not have any view into Connect.


“Viewers” can sign into the Connect dashboard and discover and access content listed for , , and content for which they are granted access.


“Collaborators” can change access controls and add Viewers and other Collaborators.


“Administrators” have all the permissions of Collaborators. Administrators are not automatically added to content and will not see all content on their homepage. Administrators can proactively add themselves as Collaborators or Viewers to any content. Administrators can set vanity URLs and change the user. Administrators and the original content owner can delete content.

R Markdown Reports

Access controls and user privileges apply to every public version of a report. For example, if the default version of a report is accessible to , all public versions will be accessible to .

Anonymous Visitors

Every version of a report has a unique URL (accessible by opening the content with ‘Open Solo’). Reports must be listed for for the URL to be available to anonymous users.


“Viewers” have the ability to view a report through the Connect dashboard. They can discover and toggle between public versions of a report. They can email themselves the current version of a report. They can not see parameters for different versions of a report. They can see the distribution and schedule for public versions.


“Collaborators” have the privileges of Viewers and additionally can: view parameters for public versions, change parameters and run ad hoc reports, create new versions, schedule versions, setup distribution lists, and request reports to be refreshed. Collaborators can also create private versions that are not discoverable or accessible by any other user.

Shiny Applications


“Collaborators” can change the performance settings for applications.

Administrator Capabilities

Administrative users on RStudio Connect are empowered to inspect and manage various settings on the server. Regardless of their level of privilege on some piece of content (viewer, collaborator, or neither), administrators can manage collaborators and viewers on content, manage the runtime settings for Shiny applications, and adjust the schedules for R Markdown documents. Additionally, only administrators can modify the Vanity Path and RunAs settings for content through the web dashboard; they can do so even on content that they don’t have the ability to view.

Administrators do not have implicit rights to view content or download the source bundles. If an administrator visits a report without viewership privileges to the report, they will see an error message rather than the report’s content. Despite being unable to see the contents of the report, administrators can still manage the settings for all content. Because an administrator has the ability to manage the collaborators and viewers of others’ content on the system, they can choose to add themselves as a viewer or collaborator on the report to gain access. Administrative overrides of permissions on content require that the administrator take an explicit action which is captured in the audit log.

Locked Accounts

You can prohibit a user from accessing RStudio Connect by “locking” their account. This control is available to administrative users when editing user profile information in the RStudio Connect dashboard.

Locked users are prohibited from signing into RStudio Connect, deploying content, and otherwise interacting with the service.

A locked account is not deleted and deployed content continues to be available. A non-personal report configured with scheduling and distribution will continue to execute according to its schedule. A locked user no longer receives scheduled content at their email address.

Content owned by a locked user can be deleted by a collaborator or by an administrative user. Each piece of deployed content must be deleted individually; there is no bulk removal.

A locked user can be subsequently unlocked. All their previously allowed abilities are immediately restored.

User Renaming

Administrators may alter the usernames of existing users on the system regardless of the current authentication system. Users will still be able to access their deployed content and content that has been shared with them. If they have existing vanity URLs with their username incorporated, none of those will be altered. They will, of course, need to use the new username when logging in.

If the user has authenticated inside of the RStudio IDE, they will still be able to deploy using a previous connection; however, the IDE will continue displaying their old username during deployments. To minimize the risk of future ambiguity, we recommend that the user disconnect and reconnect their IDE to RStudio Connect so that the valid username is displayed.

Command-Line Interface

Connect includes a command for some basic user management tasks. This utility helps you list users and modify user roles in the event that no one can access a Connect administrative user account.

See Appendix B for more information on using the CLI to manage users.


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