The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 7 (Gloria) - Page 2

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. Open the main menu and click on the All applications button:

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:

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 7 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 10.0r22) 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

[ ] VirtualBox
[ ] 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 7.

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From: Relst at: 2009-05-31 18:48:32

Great tutorial for a great distro. You say to everyone that they should replace falko with their own username, but in commands you can also use ~ instead of /home/falko. Maybe good for the next tutorial.

From: James Watt at: 2009-05-31 15:39:17

I don't get the point. Why do people keep promoting KompoZer all the time only. There was no big/public update for the tool since ages (though interested might have a look at which the latest one can have). I admit the tool is good but the are alternatives which are in some respect better. Have a look at Amaya ( ). It comes with the same benefits as KompoZer does (open source, cross platform, support for CSS, web standards, …) but it is frequently updated and has a SVG editor. At least worth a look in my humble opinion.

From: savedin94 at: 2009-08-31 00:53:45

screensaver plays then monitor goes to sleep, is there a way to turn off the sleep mode using linux mint 7?

From: Anonymous at: 2009-05-31 22:39:47

I have 2 problems with Linux mint. First of all, even if you keep it updated, you will always have to install a new version when it comes out. With other distros, as long as you keep things updated, you do not need to install a new version, you already have it (with the exception of the default graphics, which are easy to install if you want them). Second, Gnome is the primary GUI. They do have a KDE version, but usually it's release lags far behind the Gnome version. And in my opinion, KDE4.2 with whatever problems etc...still is far far better than Gnome. For those switching from Windows, I have two distros to suggest. For those who are less computer literate, and prefere not to have to tweak things, Mepis is the best choice. For those more adventurous folks or those who want to be on the bleeding edge, sidux is the best choice. .

From: Steve at: 2009-11-03 05:53:20

3rd problem:  I think it's dangerous to tell people that any Linux distro is a fully fledged M$ Windows replacement.  It is NOT.  There are many, many applications written for Windows that simply will not run on Linux.  No way, no how; not even under WINE or CrossOver (Windows emulators).  And to suggest that someone switching from Windows to Linux just trash their Windows installation and use the whole HDD is even more dangerous.  I use Linux (Ubuntu 8.04) as my primary platform, but still need to boot to Windows for some things.  I think a How To for a dual boot system is a far safer option for anyone migrating to Linux.

From: at: 2009-06-02 04:26:35

The last time I was actually able to install and use the 3D Nvidia driver was way back at Mint 4 (32 bit op-sys) Since then, on 5, 6 and 7 I've had no succcess. There is actually little real help in mint's forum or Ubuntu's for that matter as all the help speak much the same thing. It's not that I have a video card that is way out there or anything; it's listed as being supported on Nvidia's site (Gforce 7350LE). A stock install with no fiddling at all on my part will not engage the 3D driver. I've tried to compile it to the kernel as per Nvidia's site instuctions and tried ALL the different approaches from all help files with no luck. Yet in Mints documentation it states the drivers are fully tested and compatible. The driver DO install correctly in Mint's # 6 version in 64 bit mode from a stock install - go figure! So I wait for the nest version to come out..


From: Fred Williams at: 2009-06-02 20:18:22

Thanks for sharing how you would setup Mint, please stop referencing Mono based applications.

Try bluemarine for a photo manager instead of f-spot.


Also when you first install an Ubuntu based derivative please run the following:

sudo aptitude purge mono-common libmono0

This is safe, it just removes the trojan called Mono.


From: Anonymous at: 2009-06-29 19:08:51

Just for my own edification - what is the problem with mono?

From: Kilikopele at: 2010-02-23 02:17:11

Nothing at all.  There are just folks who will automatically hate it because it's bringing a M$ technology to Linux (thus the cliched "virus" comment.)

From: bookworm1960a at: 2009-05-29 17:20:53

Very well written and easy to follow

From: Anonymous at: 2009-06-04 04:21:01

Now please do the same with MS on a clean machine with no OS installed. Go out and buy  MS Vista or its latest, MS office latest,  Photoshop, and all the other proprietary software mentioned. Let us know how long it takes to install and learn how to use all of it.

From: Anonymous at: 2009-06-10 19:38:21

Why?!! Who these days would actually "go out and buy" full versions of Vista, MS Office, Adobe Phototshop and all the rest simply to see how long it takes to install such incredibly expensive proprietary software into a working configuration on a "clean machine"? ..Who gives a rip when you can do everything needed with today's free open source applications on Linux MINT 7 or any of the other high end distros that are available, all the while pocketing those dollars to spend on things that actually matter?!

From: Anonymous at: 2009-06-18 17:56:30

I think they were being sarcastic.

From: Anonymous at: 2009-06-24 14:06:55

First time user of Linux. I wonder why there no antivirusprogram like AVG Free for Linux in the wanted program list? And how about firewalls?

Second: Most of the time there is a warning : "You are about to install software that cannot be authenticated etc".  Even in the tutorial. How save is Linux??

From: Anonymous at: 2009-07-27 01:23:24

The reason you can't find any anti-virus program is because there pretty much are no viruses for Linux. A firewall shouldn't be necessary either. You probably don't have to worry about the authentication warning either. Good luck with Linux and don't be afraid to ask if you need help.

From: Anonymous at: 2010-01-03 18:46:12

There is a common perception that there are no viruses on the Linux platform - which to a large extent is true. But what happens when you get a mail attachment which you would like to forward to your windows machine so you can open it with your favorite proprietary software? And what if this attachment is infected by a virus? This is where the anti virus solutions for linux comes into the picture.

ClamAV is a free GPLed anti-virus solution which provides a lot of advantages when installed in Linux. Sticking to the philosophy of linux, it contains a set of command line tools which can be used to check if a file on your system is infected by a virus.

From: at: 2009-09-21 14:50:15

Thank you very much falko, it was very intersting and informative to read your article. Nice job!

From: Anonymous at: 2010-03-11 02:05:53

This really helped a lot....thanks

From: Anonymous at: 2012-10-21 16:48:36


 Um just curios with the linux Os and wanna try it out to find how it feels like. I knw Linux mint 7 is way old. But I just have the DVD and wanna install it.

1. Will it be problem if I select "Use the entire disk" when the installation is in progress.? I mean will it cause any damage or mess up the win 7 performance.? (I have a dual core machine) - I wanna have both Win 7 and Mint 7...

2. Is it possible to choose the OS when start up.? (I don't wanna run it through a DVD)