The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 6 (Felicia) - Page 3

3 Update The System

When you log in for the first time, you will most likely see an open lock icon in the lower right corner which means that updates for the installed software are available. To install the updates, go to Applications > Administration > mintUpdate:

Type in your password:

mintUpdate tells you which updates are available. Click on Install Updates to install them:

Confirm by clicking on Apply again:

The updates are being downloaded and installed (this can take a few minutes):

When the update is complete, click on Close and leave the mintUpdate window:

The lock icon should now be closed. The system is up-to-date.


4 Flash Player

Linux Mint 6 installs the Macromedia Flash Player by default. To see if the Flash plugin is working, start Firefox (Applications > Internet > Firefox Web Browser). Then type about:plugins in the address bar. Firefox will then list all installed plugins, and it should list the Flash Player (version 10.0r12) among them:


5 NVIDIA/ATI Drivers

If you have an NVIDIA or ATI graphics card and want to use 3D acceleration (e.g. for Compiz-Fusion), you must install the proprietary NVIDIA or ATI driver. To do this, use the Hardware Drivers Manager (Applications > Administration > Hardware Drivers):


6 Inventory Of What We Have So Far

Now let's browse all menus under Applications to see which of our needed applications are already installed:

You should find the following situation ([x] marks an application that is already installed, where [ ] is an application that is missing):

[x] The GIMP
[ ] F-Spot
[ ] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[ ] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[ ] Evolution
[ ] aMule
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[ ] Azureus/Vuze
[x] Pidgin
[ ] Skype
[ ] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

[x] OpenOffice Writer
[x] OpenOffice Calc
[ ] Adobe Reader
[ ] GnuCash
[ ] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[ ] Amarok
[ ] Audacity
[ ] Banshee
[x] MPlayer
[x] Rhythmbox Music Player
[ ] gtkPod
[ ] XMMS
[ ] dvd::rip
[ ] Kino
[ ] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[ ] VLC Media Player
[ ] Helix Player
[x] Totem
[ ] Xine
[x] Brasero
[ ] K3B
[ ] Multimedia-Codecs

[ ] KompoZer
[ ] Bluefish
[ ] Quanta Plus

[ ] VMware Server
[ ] TrueType fonts
[ ] Java
[x] Read/Write support for NTFS partitions

So some applications are already on the system. NTFS read-/write support is enabled by default on Linux Mint 6.

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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.