The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 15 (Olivia) - 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 11.2 r202) plugins among them:

 

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):

Graphics:
[x] The GIMP
[ ] Shotwell Photo Manager

[ ] Pinta

Internet:
[x] Firefox
[ ] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[ ] Deluge
[ ] Skype
[ ] Marble

[x] Pidgin

[ ] Dropbox

[ ] Gwibber Social Client

Office:
[x] LibreOffice Writer
[x] LibreOffice Calc
[ ] Adobe Reader
[ ] GnuCash
[ ] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[ ] Audacity
[x] Banshee
[ ] dvd::rip
[ ] Kino
[x] VLC Media Player
[ ] K3B
[ ] Multimedia-Codecs

[ ] Winff

Programming:
[ ] KompoZer
[ ] Eclipse

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

[x] gdebi

[x] Synaptic Package Manager

[x] gedit

So some applications are already on the system. NTFS read-/write support is enabled by default on Mint 15.

 

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-7* means all packages that start with openjdk-7):

  • flashplugin-installer
  • audacity
  • dvdrip
  • filezilla
  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer
  • gnucash
  • k3b
  • kino
  • eclipse
  • scribus
  • mozilla-plugin-vlc
  • ubuntu-restricted-extras
  • virtualbox
  • shotwell
  • pinta
  • deluge
  • dropbox-nautilus
  • marble
  • libreoffice
  • winff
  • openjdk-7*
  • gwibber

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):

  • chromium-browser
  • opera
  • amarok
  • vuze
  • bluefish
  • gtkpod
  • mplayer
  • smplayer
  • xmms2*
  • sound-juicer
  • rhythmbox
  • xine-plugin
  • evolution
  • googleearth-package
  • soundconverter
  • soundkonverter
  • kolourpaint4
  • mypaint
  • qbittorrent
  • okular
  • clementine
  • exaile

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:

 

7 TrueType Fonts

To check if the TrueType fonts have been installed correctly, open a word processor like LibreOffice. You should now find your new Windows fonts there:

 

8 Inventory (II)

Now let's check again what we have so far. Our inventory should now look like this:

Graphics:
[x] The GIMP
[x] Shotwell Photo Manager

[x] Pinta

Internet:
[x] Firefox
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Deluge
[ ] Skype
[x] Marble

[x] Pidgin

[x] Dropbox

[x] Gwibber Social Client

Office:
[x] LibreOffice Writer
[x] LibreOffice Calc
[ ] Adobe Reader
[x] GnuCash
[x] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[x] Audacity
[x] Banshee
[x] dvd::rip
[x] Kino
[x] VLC Media Player
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

[x] Winff

Programming:
[ ] KompoZer
[x] Eclipse

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

[x] gdebi

[x] Synaptic Package Manager

[x] gedit

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From: Rdonovan at: 2013-06-20 04:10:09

FYI and FWIW, on my Acer, Linux Mint installed fine but I thought it was not booting to the hard drive with the UEFI disabled. It turns out that the backlight was turned off.

To fix it be aware that the boot spash screen in Mint is straight black.

As soon as the Syslinux text disappears, start banging on the tab key. This gets you to the boot options screen.

Make the boot line read:

linux   /vmlinuz-3.8.0-25-generic root=/dev/mapper/mint--vg-root ro   "quiet splash acpi_osi=linux acpi_backlight=vendor $vt_handoff"

and press the <F10> key. You can actually ad this anywhere between the quotes, I believe.

This will boot your system with the backlight on so you can see the screen.

Once you have booted the system, open the terminal and

cd /etc/default

Open the grub file in your favorite text editor and make the
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash" line read

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi_osi=linux acpi_backlight=vendor"

Save the changes and then run

sudo update-grub

This will create a grub.cfg with these entries so you don't need to enter them every time you boot up.

From: Jimjim at: 2013-06-19 09:38:37

you might be interested in knowing about a site called http://ninite.com/  they make installing groups of windows and LINUX applications in one go much quicker and easier.

From: desQEDo at: 2013-08-27 10:42:53


The above installation instruction 'The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 15 (Olivia)' from Falko is very useful. Thanks for that Falko.

The subsequent post 'easier installation' is totally superfluous as Linux Mint uses the Synaptic Package Manager to install software whereby multiple packages can be installed simultaneously. For updates the OS has its own Update Manager that automatically shows when updates are necessary and with one click executes all updates and upgrades necessary.

This integration is the result of co-operation as opposed to profiteering.

From: Anonymous at: 2013-09-09 14:31:59

Ninite makes assumptions about your system but doesn't check whether they are right, it doesn't ask for confirmation about what it's going to do, or even inform the user about what it's doing, actually it redirects to /dev/null all the relevant information about the installation process. It's a bad idea. It's dangerous. Don't use it.

From: Scott at: 2013-06-07 17:32:27

The instructions on the page for downloading Kompozer are for 64bit systems.

If you have a 32bit system, you need the following

 wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/k/kompozer/kompozer_0.8~b3.dfsg.1-0.1ubuntu1_i386.deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/k/kompozer/kompozer-data_0.8~b3.dfsg.1-0.1ubuntu2_all.deb

From: Lance at: 2013-06-17 05:45:20

Thanks for the code block and 32 bit clarification

From: Anonymous at: 2013-06-13 09:45:01

very nice description of the softwares. could you also comment on hardware compatibility? i had once that my network driver not supported. then it was impossible to do anything further after entering the system. also graphic card driver is a pain...

From: Anonymous at: 2013-07-18 18:44:14

The only times I've had problems like that was when i was trying to install a flavor of Linux does not use any non-free resources. Linux Mint and other Ubuntu derivatives have non-free drivers and programs included in their installation and therefore usually install much more smoothly than a distro like Debian, which does not use any non-free resources. So, I make no guarantees, but Mint should give you a smoother installation process than some other distributions. Make sure to thoroughly test everything in a live-cd/usb environment though before you install anything.

From: Samuel Cavazos at: 2013-06-16 05:25:44

For nightningale, I would recommend installing from the ppa. 

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nightingaleteam/nightingale-release

  sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install nightingale

From: Ramy Mamlouk at: 2013-06-20 12:39:46

I wouldn't recommend using nautilus-dropbox as Linux Mint comes with the slick Nemo as the default file manager. What I did on my system is remove (purge) nautilus and install nemo-dropbox.

From: redrock at: 2013-07-25 08:43:18

I don't who to thank; but whoever is responsible for the info on installing Kompozer to Linux Mint Olivia, you've done me a big favour. Thanks heaps. Works perfectly from what I've seen so far. As a old newbee, you've inspired me to learn more so maybe one day I can input to help some too.

From: Kzac at: 2013-10-18 16:08:33

I swapped over to this Linux version from Ubuntu 12.04 and I like it much better than Ubuntu, and way better than Windows.  Remember that I am not a strong gaming user, therefore this fits my needs very well.  The Linux distributions (especially Mint 15- Olivia) are now excellent replacements for Windows XP, 7 and 8.  I currently have this installed on an HP5850  with dual AMD processors, 4 Gig of ram, a railink (now media tech) 802.11b/g wireless adaptor and it runs exceptional.  Speed and operation are not an issue with this current version of Linux Mint. I will be loading it on my laptop later as I make the sift away from Windows.  If you have ever though about making the leap over to Linux, distribution 15 of Mint now makes that switch completely and painlessly possible.