There is a new version of this tutorial available for Linux Mint 17.1 (Rebecca).
The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 13 (Maya) - Page 2
3 Update The System
Now it's time to check for updates and install them. This is done using the Update Manager. Start it from Menu > Administration > Update Manager:
Type in your password to gain authorization:
The Update Manager tells you which updates are available (you can click on the Refresh button to refresh the list). Click on Install Updates to install them:
When the update is complete, click on Close (if a new kernel was amongst the updates, a system restart is required to make the changes effective).
The system is now up-to-date.
4 Flash Player And Java
Flash Player and Java should already be installed on the system.
To check this, open Firefox and type about:plugins in the address bar. Firefox will then list all installed plugins, and it should list the Flash Player (version 11.0 r1) plugins among them. This is not the newest version, that's why we will update it in a few steps.
5 Inventory Of What We Have So Far
Now let's browse all menus to see which of our needed applications are already installed:
You should find the following situation ([x] marks an application that is already installed, whereas [ ] is an application that is missing):
[x] The GIMP
[ ] Shotwell Photo Manager
[ ] Pinta
[ ] FileZilla
[ ] Deluge
[ ] Skype
[ ] Marble
[ ] Dropbox
[ ] Gwibber Social Client
[ ] LibreOffice Writer
[ ] LibreOffice Calc
[ ] Adobe Reader
[ ] GnuCash
[ ] Scribus
Sound & Video:
[ ] Audacity
[ ] dvd::rip
[ ] Kino
[x] VLC Media Player
[ ] K3B
[ ] Multimedia-Codecs
[ ] Winff
[ ] KompoZer
[ ] Eclipse
[ ] VirtualBox
[ ] TrueType fonts
[x] Read/Write support for NTFS partitions
[x] Synaptic Package Manager
So some applications are already on the system. NTFS read-/write support is enabled by default on Mint 13.
6 Install Additional Software
To install additional applications, open the Synaptic Package Manager (Menu > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager):
Type in your password:
In Synaptic Package Manager we can install additional software. You can use the Quick filter field to find packages. To select a package for installation, click on the checkbox in front of it and select Mark for Installation from the menu that comes up:
If a package has a dependency that needs to be satisfied, a window will pop up. Accept the dependencies by clicking on Mark:
The following packages need to be installed if you want the applications of the above primary choice (* is a wildcard; e.g. openjdk-6* means all packages that start with openjdk-6):
- skype (32 bit version only, leave it out for 64 bit)
These are the packages for all the other possible alternative applications (you don't need to install them if you are happy with the above selection):
After you've selected the desired packages, click on the Apply button.
Confirm your selection by again clicking on Apply:
The packages are now being downloaded from the repositories and installed. This can take a few minutes, so please be patient:
You might have to answer a few questions. Accept the licenses and proceed:
After all packages have been installed, click on Close: