There is a new version of this tutorial available for Linux Mint 17.1 (Rebecca).

The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 15 (Olivia) - Page 3

9 Nightingale

Nightingale is not available in the Ubuntu repositories and has to be downloaded from their website at Click on the great download button and open the downloaded archive with the archive manager. The application doesn't need to be installed since it can be started directly from the downloaded directory.

Click on the Linux Tarball (.tar.bz2) | 64-Bit Link to start downloading (or 32 bit if you have that Mint version installed):

A window will pop up asking what to do with the download - select Open with Archive Manager (default):


10 Kompozer

Unfortunately Kompozer isn't available from the Ubuntu and/or Mint repositories, therefore you have to install it as follows:

cd /home/howtoforge/Downloads
sudo dpkg -i kompozer*.deb


11 Adobe Reader

Open a browser and go to; click on the Do you have a different language or operating system? link to get a wider range of download formats:

On step 3, select the .deb package, download it and proceed the same as for Nightingale:


12 Google Earth

In chapter 6, if you chose Google Earth over Marble, you have installed the package googleearth-package which is a utility to automatically build a .deb package of Google Earth. This means, Google Earth is not yet installed; we have to first build a .deb package of it with the help of googleearth-package, and then install the .deb package.

Open a terminal and become root:

sudo su

Now you can build the Google Earth .deb package as follows:

make-googleearth-package --force
Package: googleearth
Section: non-free/science
Priority: optional
Maintainer:  <[email protected]>
Architecture: amd64
Depends: ttf-dejavu | ttf-bitstream-vera | msttcorefonts, libfreeimage3, lsb-core, libqtcore4, libgl1-mesa-glx , ia32-libs-gtk , msttcorefonts
Suggests: lib32nss-mdns, libgl1-nvidia-glx-ia32
Description: Google Earth, a 3D map/planet viewer
 Package built with googleearth-package.
dpkg-deb: building package `googleearth' in `./googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.7.0-1_amd64.deb'.
You can now install the package with e.g. sudo dpkg -i <package>.deb
[email protected]:~#

If you don't see any errors, then you should find the Google Earth .deb package in the current directory:

ls -l
[email protected]:~# ls -l
total 67196
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 35118382 Jun  1 03:30 googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.7.0-1_amd64.deb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 33688483 May 19  2011 GoogleEarthLinux.bin
[email protected]:~#

I want to install the .deb package using gdebi which takes care of all dependencies.

gdebi googleearth_6.0.3.2197+0.7.0-1_amd64.deb


13 Skype

Skype is not present in the repositories but you can download it on their homepage. Therefore go on and select the right version to download. Afterwards, proceed the same as for Nightingale and Adobe Reader:


You are welcome to leave recommendations for software in the comments for the next issues!

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By: Scott

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

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


By: Lance

Thanks for the code block and 32 bit clarification

By: Anonymous

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...

By: Anonymous

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.

By: Samuel Cavazos

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

By: Ramy Mamlouk

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.

By: redrock

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.

By: Kzac

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.