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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By: nganjukonline

thanks for sharing... i think this linux distro is the best one at this time

By: Anonymous

The biggest issue with most linux distributions is the hardware drivers (not including manufacturer drivers but less working opensource drivers). If someone really wants to trade in Windows for linux it would be very handy to have the manufacturer drivers installed autmatically

By: beast2k

It's not a "perfect desktop" just because you installed a bunch of software. Drivers is as mentioned the biggest issue. Software is the easy part. We need video drivers, print drivers, sound issues solved these would be way more useful. Software installs are nice but...

By: Anonymous

Thanks a million to the author for this great guide.

By: JamesIsIn

Have you been able to get Opera to hand magnet links to Transmission? I have tried adding a Program (magnet) but I get a "Could not start external helper application" error from Opera.