A new version of Linux Mint has recently come out. And many of you are doing a clean install, or so you can see after the popularity of Linux Mint on Distrowatch.
Many users who have done this installation are newbies or first-time Gnu / Linux users. That is why we are going to tell you 6 tasks that we have to perform to improve the functioning of Linux Mint 19 Tara.
We must remember that this new version of Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS , therefore it presents more changes than in previous versions.
Table of Contents
1. Update the system
The Linux Mint community is very active and that is why from the launch date until we install the new version there may be new updates or modern versions of the odd program. So the first thing we have to do is run the following command:
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
Esto will update the entire operating system with the new versions of each package.
2. Installation of multimedia codecs
Many of you (myself included) use multimedia programs such as video players, sound players or even watch videos through YouTube. So the multimedia codec metapackage needs to be installed. This is done by running the following command:
sudo apt install mint-meta-codecs
3. Enable the snap format
Even though Linux Mint 19 Tara is based on Ubuntu 18.04, the Snap format is not enabled by default and we cannot use applications in snap format. This is solved by executing the following command:
sudo apt install snapd
4. Installing favorite programs
Although a distribution has everything we need, it is true that each time it is more common to install other types of programs such as Chromium instead of Firefox, Kdenlive or Krita instead of Gimp. This will depend on each one and the installation can be done through the Linux Mint software manager or through the terminal. In any case there will not be much problem for the installation of this software.
5. Protect your vision
The new version of Linux Mint brings with it the Redshift program, a program that changes the light emission of the screen depending on the time we have, thus applying the famous blue light filter. If we want it, we have to execute it and add it in the Applications menu at the beginning. This task is simple but it is not done by default.
6. Create a Backup
After completing all the previous steps, now it is time to use the new Linux Mint 19 Tara tool, this is TimeShift. This tool is responsible for making backup copies of our system.
Once we have done all of the above, we will create a backup or snapshot so that in the future, before problems with a program, we can restore the operating system and have it as if it were the first day, never better said.
All of these steps are important and needed to improve the operation of Linux Mint 19 Tara. And the inclusion of TimesShift has been very useful as it allows us to make a backup after installing Linux Mint 19 Tara.