The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 10 (Julia) - Page 2

3 Update The System

When you log in for the first time, you will most likely see a notification icon in the lower right corner which means that updates for the installed software are available:

Open the main menu and click on the All applications button:

To install the updates, go to Applications > Administration > Update Manager:

Type in your password:

The Update Manager tells you which updates are available. Click on Install Updates to install them:

The updates are being downloaded and installed (this can take a few minutes):

When the update is complete, click on Close and leave the Update Manager window:

The lock icon should now be closed. The system is up-to-date.


4 Flash Player And Java

Linux Mint 10 installs the Macromedia Flash Player by default. To see if the Flash plugin is working, start Firefox (Applications > Internet > Firefox Web Browser). Then type about:plugins in the address bar. Firefox will then list all installed plugins, and it should list the Flash Player (version 10.2 d161) among them:

You should also find the Java plugin in the list which means Java is installed as well:


5 NVIDIA/ATI Drivers

If you have an NVIDIA or ATI graphics card and want to use 3D acceleration (e.g. for Compiz-Fusion), you must install the proprietary NVIDIA or ATI driver. To do this, use the Additional Drivers Manager (Applications > Administration > Additional Drivers):


6 Inventory Of What We Have So Far

Now let's browse all menus under Applications to see which of our needed applications are already installed:

You should find the following situation ([x] marks an application that is already installed, where [ ] is an application that is missing):

[x] The GIMP
[x] F-Spot
[ ] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[ ] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[ ] Evolution
[ ] aMule
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[ ] Vuze
[x] Pidgin
[ ] Skype
[ ] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

[x] OpenOffice Writer
[x] OpenOffice Calc
[ ] Adobe Reader
[ ] GnuCash
[ ] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[ ] Amarok
[ ] Audacity
[ ] Banshee
[x] MPlayer
[x] Rhythmbox Music Player
[ ] gtkPod
[ ] XMMS
[ ] dvd::rip
[ ] Kino
[ ] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[x] Totem
[ ] Xine
[x] Brasero
[ ] K3B
[ ] Multimedia-Codecs

[ ] KompoZer
[ ] Bluefish
[ ] Quanta Plus

[ ] VirtualBox
[ ] TrueType fonts
[x] Java
[x] Read/Write support for NTFS partitions

So some applications are already on the system. NTFS read-/write support is enabled by default on Linux Mint 10.

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From: Rob at: 2010-11-20 17:36:20

And I love it!!!

From: Robert Nelson at: 2011-03-06 21:38:32

This is so much easier than a Windows install. Only driver I had to install was for my Nvidia video card(which has happened for every Linux distro that I've tried). It even installs some version of Flash as there where none of the usual problems with Flash that even popped up with Ubuntu(now demoted to no 2).

Even the partition  installer is a winner and didn't cause any problems even though I have both WinXP and Ubutu10.4 on the same 500 Gig's Hard Disk. In other words I can now boot any one of them at start-up.

Probably not a 10, but at least a 9.1. If your looking for a great OS which is basically free check out Linux Mint and lose the Microsoft problems and cost.

From: Anonymous at: 2010-11-20 08:07:36

alot of those applications are redundant.   Firefox and Opera?  just pick one! It already comes with rhythm box too,  it was a good list of stuff, but it's redundant for each section in regards to choices you want.  but feel free since it's your system to clutter up :)

From: johnp at: 2010-11-26 19:03:01

 He already mentioned that at the beginning and why he included them.

(As you might have noticed, a few applications are redundant, for example there are two CD/DVD burning applications in my list (Brasero, K3B). If you know which one you like best, you obviously don't need to install the other applications, however if you like choice, then of course you can install both. The same goes for music players like Amarok, Banshee, Rhythmbox, XMMS or browsers (Firefox, Opera).)

From: DetroitGeek at: 2010-11-20 15:38:15

The Nvidia Drivers that are added with Hardware Drivers as well as the latest on the Nvidia site do not work with the version of xorg supplied with this release as of driver version 19.21.  Personally I run the KDE flavor of Mint/Ubuntu and have watched Konqueror and VirtualBox bring the xserver to it's knees everytime I try to use it.  This phenomenon doesn't rear it's ugly head unless you enable Xinarama.  Nvidia seems to be aware of this problem and is working on it.


Multimonitor Nvidia users beware!


From: Anonymous at: 2010-11-20 20:15:12

Look, I love Linux to death, and support it at every turn. Heck, I even have Mint 9 set up on several of my laptops, but let's be honest here - GIMP is not a replacement for Adobe Photoshop.

 Being a developer by trade, this is my biggest pain in trying to cut the cord to Microsoft. If you've never used Photoshop, maybe Gimp would be a suitable replacement, but once you've used Photoshop, using Gimp is an exercise in futility.

From: Galaxy at: 2010-11-19 00:19:22

Thanks for the comprehensive how-to on Mint 10.  One small clarification.  The open source version of Virtualbox, which is downloaded using the Package Manager (synaptic) per the article, does not support USB.

 For full USB support, the PUEL version of Virtualbox must be downloaded from and installed. Google "virtualbox PUEL download" (no quotation marks) for links to details about the difference between the two versions and where to download the PUEL edition.

Once downloaded, to install it, navigate to its location and double click on the icon or file name.  No need to use the terminal.

From: Anonymous at: 2010-12-14 02:35:53

sudo apt-get install dude picasa opera filezilla evolution amule vuze skype googleearth acroread gnucash scribus amarok audacity banshee sound-juicer gtkpod xmms2dvdrip kino vlcmozilla-plugin-vlc xine-ui xine-plugin k3b normalize-audio sox vcdimager non-free-codecs gstreamer0.10kompozer bluefish quanta ttf-mscorefonts-installer virtualbox-ose

do this for copy paste pls kimmo

*note: i hope there's a text editor in that list cuz there isn't one. also a laptop-specific one would be nice

also you're the man

From: Anonymous at: 2010-12-14 05:19:12

apt-get install picasa opera filezilla evolution amule vuze skype googleearth acroread gnucash scribus amarok audacity banshee sound-juicer gtkpod xmms2 dvdrip kino vlc mozilla-plugin-vlc xine-ui xine-plugin k3b normalize-audio sox vcdimager non-free-codecs gstreamer0.10-x kompozer bluefish quanta ttf-mscorefonts-installer virtualbox-ose

fixed not sure i got everything but anywhoo