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

The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint Debian 201009 - Page 5

9 Opera

Open a browser and go to; select Debian as the distribution (because Linux Mint Debian is based on Debian) and then default package and click on the Download Opera button:

A download dialogue should come up automatically. Select Open with and then select Other... from the drop-down menu:

Select /usr/bin/gdebi-gtk from the Choose Helper Application window:

In the Firefox download dialogue, you should now see Open with gdebi-gtk - select that option and click on OK (you can also check Do this automatically for files like this from now on. to start gdebi-gtk automatically whenever you download a .deb package):

A Package Installer window comes up. Click on the Install Package button to install Opera:

Opera is now being installed. Afterwards, you can close the Package Installer window:


10 Skype

Open Firefox and go to Click on the Download now button:

On the next page, click on the Debian Lenny link:

Then install the package exactly as shown for Opera:


11 Google Picasa

Open Firefox and go to and select the right .deb package for your architecture (i386 or amd64):

Then install the package exactly as shown for Opera:


12 RealPlayer (For i386 Systems Only)

(RealPlayer is available for i386 systems only. If you are on an x86_64 system, please skip this chapter.)

Open Firefox and go to Click on the Download the DEB Installer link:

A download dialogue should come up. Select Open with gdebi-gtk:

Then install the package exactly as shown for Opera.


13 Inventory (III)

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] Vuze
[x] Pidgin
[x] Skype
[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] RealPlayer
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

[x] KompoZer
[x] Bluefish

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


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