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

The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 8 (Helena) - Page 3

7 Install Additional Software

To install additional applications, open the Synaptic Package Manager (Applications > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager):

Type in your password:

In the Synaptic Package Manager, we can install additional software. You can use the Quick search field to find packages:

Select the following packages for installation (* is a wildcard; e.g. gstreamer0.10* means all packages that start with gstreamer0.10):

  • f-spot
  • picasa
  • opera
  • filezilla
  • evolution
  • amule
  • azureus
  • skype
  • googleearth
  • 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
  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer
  • sun-java6* (except sun-java6-doc)
  • virtualbox-3.0

There are also lots of other applications available that you can install as well if you like.

To select a package for installation, click on the checkbox in front of it and select Mark for Installation from the menu that comes up:

If a package has a dependency that needs to be satisfied, a window will pop up. Accept the dependencies by clicking on Mark:

After you've selected the desired packages, click on the Apply button:

Confirm your selection by clicking on Apply:

The packages are now being downloaded from the repositories and installed. This can take a few minutes, so please be patient:

Some packages require that you accept their licenses (for example googleearth):

The installation continues.

You might also see some other messages. Click on Forward to continue the installation:

After all packages have been installed, click on Close:

You can leave the Synaptic Package Manager afterwards.

To finish the VirtualBox installation, we must add the user that will run VirtualBox (falko in this example) to the vboxusers group. Open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal)...

... and run:

sudo usermod -G vboxusers -a falko


8 Inventory (II)

Now let's check again what we have so far by browsing the menus again:

We have now all wanted applications installed:

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

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

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

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

[x] KompoZer
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

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

Microsoft's TrueType fonts are now installed, you can check that for example by opening the OpenOffice Writer. Take a look at the available fonts, and you should find fonts such as Arial, Times New Roman, Verdana, etc.:


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By: Ed

Hi, While seems to say Mint is based on Debian, your howto says it is based on Ubuntu. From the URL above: "Originally launched as a variant of Ubuntu with integrated media codecs," ... "It is a Debian-based distribution". I suppose if Mint 8 is based on Ubuntu 9.10, it will have the same problems (e.g. PulseAudio) that Ubuntu 9.10 does? Thanks, Ed.

By: Archdevil

Mint is based on Ubuntu, which is based on Debian.

So Mint is based on Debian too.

In this case Mint 8 is based on Ubuntu 8, so problems in Ubuntu might show up in Mint too.


Not exactly.

Mint 8 is based on Ubuntu 9.10 and 100% package compatible with it. So you may also install directly from the Karmic repos, and if you have a problem, you can go and ask your question on the Ubuntu forums - unless your problem has to do with one of the "mint tools", that is.

By: Bruno

Just a small correction to your comment.

 Linux Mint 8 Helena is not based on Ubuntu 8, it's based on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic.

And yes, Ubuntu is based on Debian, so Mint is a derivate of Debian.

By: Richard Sanitizer

The new Linux Mint installs easily and works very well.  Including the basic install, updates, other programs and setting up mail it takes less than thirty-minutes to get the system up and running with all these features.  I still dual-boot with Windows because I like to record vinyl  and Audacity is fine but it does not have all the features I want.  If Linux had a program like "Spin-It-Again" and another program that would make "FLV" files for YouTube I would probably just use Linux, unless I'm missing something that Linux has.


Mint 8 is indeed a Ubuntu/Debian based distro,The Mint developers seem to have sorted out the various PulseAudio issues that Ubuntu 9.10 and Fedora 12 have,namely the crackle and popping at the start of an audio track that I have experienced,and many other users have reported .If you want to download Youtube videos in .flv format then install the Firefox add-on ¨Easy Youtube Downloader¨it´s available from the Firefox website and allows you to download in .flv,Mp3,Mp4,3Gp formats.As for recording vinyl records this does seem to be possible,take a look at this is quite a bit of info on the subject just google.

By: cprice

Archdevil...Mint 8 is based on Ubuntu 9.10 based on their release notes.  Why would they even think to base it on a version of Ubuntu that was released over 18 months ago?

By: Anonymous

roflmao... Mint 8 Helena is based on Ubuntu  9.10, read it, :P, and again, you need to read again (not here, but the offcial site of mint), Mint have devs too and they work to change something who can go wrong !

By: Anonymous

roflmao... Mint 8 Helena is based on Ubuntu  9.10, read it, on the official site

By: Anonymous

Mint is based on ubuntu 9.10

 Please, avoid to reply if you are going to write false information.

By: Anonymous

dude ubuntu is based on debian ( which is  without any proprietary drivers  )

and mint linux is based on ubuntu which is derived  from debian 

By: Anonymous

Please, do not use the word "perfect".

All linux distributions are far away from PERFECT.

By: Anonymous

Have u consider playon linux ?

By: Carling

Perfect Desktop that is if it can be installed on a Sata or External USB drive, I have just spent two days trying to install Mint 8 on to a Sata Drive with no avail, It also messed up two USB external hard drives I tried to install it on and rendered both of them unreadable, I have been using Mint 7 on a small  IDE drive since it came out, and love it, By the way I can't get any answers from Mint forums as to why this is happening, 

Yet I installed Ubuntu 9.10 on the Sata drive with no problems though it is not my favourite distribution, Mint is, though I most say that the boot up time for buntu is extremely fast, one good point for it.   


By: Anonymous

you should also mention that openoffice can be a replacement for pdf creator

By: Xyie

Talk about doing it the hard way. While you might be more satisfied getting the software straight from the repository in Synaptic, Mint has its own Software Manager that you completely missed in the menu. The program makes it much easier to find and install many of the programs you listed without having to figure out which packages you need and which you don't among the ones you find with Synaptic. You may have more control and a wider selection with the path you took, but the Software Manager can be much more user friendly than the Package Manager, especially for new users.

By: playnicekidz

i've tried mint 8 a couple of days ago for the 1st time and it really impressed me!

looks wonderful. not less beautiful then opensuse.

it can use ubuntu repos and all the variety and number of packages - that's great!

the menu is great! the best gnome menu then in any other distribution (yes, much better then the standard one or then that buggy slab in opensuse)

the most easy to install and ready for work out of the box distro then any other distro i've tried (unless one chooses the "universal" variant of mint).

and finally - there is one more advantage of mint for me in comparison with ubuntu - it is that when an application starts you see another window next to the window of the starting app with the title "starting ****" in ubuntu (i have also noticed this in fedora) - and this is what i disliked much in ubuntu since 8.04.  there is no such window in mint (as well as in suse gnome).

i'm going to stick with mint for now. if something goes unresolvably wrong with it, going back to opensuse gnome. these are 2 the most nice-looking and user-friendly linux distros for me for now =)

By: Christopher

Why would you want to install Adobe Reader? I don't even use it on Windows.

By: mikal

I am very new to linux and have install Mint 8 on my Dell vostro 1320 laptop. I have 2 issues. When i try and install 'Flash player' (on Facebook it says plugins missing) auto install doesn't work and I have to select manual. Flash gives me 4 file types! Which 1 do i use and how do i install it. My 2nd issue is my wireless doesn't work, but it works perfectly in WinXP can someone please tell me a way for my wireless to work in Mint8 Thank you so much Mikal

By: Klop

So helpful, really helping me get used to using Linux.  Thank you.

 Only issue I'm having, I installed vbox and ran the command line to add myself to the group, but go into my program menu and it's not there?

 Thank you,