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:  <root@howtoforge-VirtualBox>
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

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

ls -l

root@howtoforge-VirtualBox:~# 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

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:


14 Links

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

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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

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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


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.