The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 6 (Felicia) - Page 2

Now we come to the partitioning of our hard disk. Usually Guided - use entire disk is a good choice, unless you need custom partitions and know what you're doing. Use entire disk will create one big / partition for us:

Type in your real name, your desired username along with a password, and click on Forward:

The next screen shows us a summary of the installation settings. Click on Install to start the installation:

The Linux Mint system is being installed. This can take a few minutes, so be patient:

After the installation is complete, we must reboot the system to use it. Click on Restart now:

The Live-CD desktop shuts down. At the end (when you see the black rectangle with green text at the bottom of this screen), the Linux Mint CD is ejected. Remove it from the CD drive and hit the <ENTER> key to boot into your new Linux Mint desktop:

Your new Linux Mint system starts. Log in to the desktop with the username and password you provided during the installation:

Before you can use your desktop for the first time, Linux Mint needs to know some details to configure the system. Click on Forward:

If you want to give the root account a password, you can do this here. If you don't do this, you can still run all commands with root privileges using the sudo command (this is the default configuration on Ubuntu and all derived distributions):

If you'd like to see funny quotes in your terminal whenever you start it, you can configure this on the next screen. Click on Forward afterwards:

That's it for the initial configuration. Click on Apply...

... and then on Close to finally start the desktop:

This is how your new desktop looks:

Now the base system is ready to be used.

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From: Chris at: 2008-12-30 17:38:07

As usual Falko knocked another one out of the park.  Nice work.

 In case anyone wants it here is the apt-get command for installing the above files:

apt-get install f-spot picasa opera filezilla evolution amule azureus skype googleearth acroread acroread-escript acroread-plugins mozilla-acroread gnucash scribus amarok audacity banshee sound-juicer gtkpod-aac xmms2* dvdrip kino vlc* mozilla-plugin-vlc helix-player mozilla-helix-player xine-ui xine-plugin k3b normalize-audio sox vcdimager non-free-codecs gstreamer0.10* kompozer bluefish quanta msttcorefonts

It doesn't include sun-java6.  I think it is easier to do from command line but I also understand the idea behind the tutorial.

From: mchlbk at: 2008-12-17 21:47:27

Fine how-to.

Wouldn't setting up something similar to MS Windows' System Restore be essential to potential Windows converts' acceptance of Mint as a real alternative to XP/Vista? And how would you do that?

From: Briester at: 2009-01-12 21:05:32


My reply is a bit late but I just saw the posting today.

Linux has something called a cron that can be set to periodically run at certain times of the day/week/whenever.

It's actually much easier than system restore and more reliable to setup a job in the cron to just run once a week or so and capture your " / " partition files to a tarball (.tar) file and save them to another partition or external device.

See this website here:

 Good luck!


From: Anonymous at: 2008-12-18 20:25:49

Why not virtualbox?  it is a hell of lot easier to install and maintain for the average user.  And besides, you dont have to mess with that browser garbage.

From: Chuck at: 2008-12-19 20:09:20

Mint is a great Distro. I have used for for a few years, but the one I have found to be newbie friendly, and also powerfull is Pardus 2008.1.

The only negative thing I can say about Pardus is that the repositories are light compared to the Ubuntu/Mint.

Great write up on Mint it is a fine distro.


CM Hudson

Edgewood NM

From: Anonymous at: 2008-12-19 04:13:35

It should be mentioned that Skype doesn't work unless you reset all the Skype audio options to Pulse. Even then the audio isn't as good as it is under Mint 5.  Also to avoid error problems with virtualbox one should download the non free version.

From: Anonymous at: 2008-12-19 04:16:57

It should be mentioned that Skype doesn't work unless you reset all the Skype audio options to Pulse. Even then the audio isn't as good as it is under Mint 5.  Also to avoid error problems with Virtualbox one should download the non free version.