The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 9 (Isadora) - Page 2

3 Update The System

When you log in for the first time, you will most likely see a notification 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 > Update Manager:

Type in your password:

The Update Manager 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 Update Manager window:

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


4 Flash Player

Linux Mint 9 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 10.0r45) 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
[x] F-Spot
[ ] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[ ] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[ ] Evolution
[ ] aMule
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[ ] 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
[x] VLC Media Player
[ ] RealPlayer
[x] Totem
[ ] Xine
[x] Brasero
[ ] K3B
[ ] Multimedia-Codecs

[ ] KompoZer
[ ] Bluefish
[ ] Quanta Plus

[ ] VirtualBox
[ ] TrueType fonts
[x] 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 9.

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From: Cippa Lippa at: 2010-05-20 22:51:08

I have stopped reading at this: "The GIMP - free software replacement for Adobe Photoshop"

From: dave at: 2010-05-21 17:38:39

Why get uppetty about not being able to use a program which you most likely pirated?  Isn't that a little like going to the police because someone ripped you off on a drug deal?  You should thank your lucky stars that someone had the decency to make something as nice as the GIMP and then give it away for free.

 ..seriously, wtf are you doing that is so complicated and important that you need CMYK or any of the other Photoshop features, not currently found in the GIMP?  If you need Photoshop, go buy it and run Wine or just run Windows.

From: Anonymous at: 2010-05-23 15:54:08 Works for me still.

From: Cippa Lippa at: 2010-05-20 23:09:27

Alternatives to The Gimp:


From: brian at: 2010-08-15 18:13:01

Outstanding tutorial!  thank you SO much :-)

You need to change your password though, it's pretty weak ;p ;p


From: isadora curious at: 2011-01-24 17:52:22

Excellent! It's like you wrote it just for me. Thank you so much.

From: Izzy at: 2010-05-20 03:30:02

There is one error in your tutorial, Microsoft's True Type fonts are installed, but in order to use them, you need to reload the fonts cache. The easiest way to do this is to log-off and log back on. If you do not want to log-off, then you can reload the font cache by clicking on meny >> All Applications >> Accessories >> Terminal, and then type "sudo fc-cache -fv" without the quotation marks, and hit enter. I recommend that you update the article, because someone might open up Writer, and be surprised because they will not be available.