One of the advantages that Linux has over other operating systems is that we can choose from countless operating systems. Many of them are based on Ubuntu, the operating system developed by Canonical and which gives this blog its name. There are many Ubuntu-based systems that are popular, but if I had to say which one is the most popular among the unofficial ones, I would without a doubt say that Linux Mint.
As we have done with several of the official Ubuntu flavors, in this post I will propose some things you can do after installing Linux Mint. Before we start with these tips, I would like to make it clear that, logically, these suggestions are a bit subjective, which will be especially noticeable in the apps that I install or uninstall just start Linux Mint. Here are the suggestions.
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Choose graphical environment
First of all, it will be important to choose what graphical environment do we want use. Cinnamon is the one you have in the header capture and the one I usually use when I install Linux Mint. But we can also install Linux Mint with MATE environment (or GNOME 2) or Xfce.
Update packages and install Linux Mint updates
Once the system is installed, the first thing we have to do is to update packages and install any updates that are available. We can do this in two ways:
- Opening a terminal and typing the following command:
- sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
- From the Update Manager. If we choose this option, we will see what we are going to install and update. If we do not know where it is and we do not want to take a tour of the Linux Mint menu, the best thing we can do is enter the menu and search for "update". Once one of the three options on how to install the updates has been selected, of which the one selected by default is the best option, we just have to click on "Install updates" and wait.
Check for proprietary drivers and install them
Many times, depending on our computer, we have some drivers available that will make some things work better. The best thing is to install them and for this we only have to open the application Driver manager. If we do not want to take a walk, it is best to do a search from the Linux Mint menu.
Install and uninstall software
This is the most subjective point. I am going to suggest the software that I usually install / uninstall whenever I do a new installation:
- Shutter In addition to taking screenshots, it will allow us to edit them by adding arrows, numbers, pixelate areas, etc. There will be other options, but this one is great for me.
- French. It has been with us for a short time, but it is making a place among the most interesting applications of any operating system. With Franz we can chat from many social networks, such as WhatsApp, Skype or Telegram, all from the same application and at the same time. You can download it from meetfranz.com.
- qBittorrent. Although Linux Mint includes Transmission, qBittorrent has its own browser, so it is worth having it installed just in case.
- Kodi. The best multimedia player that exists that will allow us to see all kinds of content. What you can imagine and more.
- UNetbootin. If you want to create a bootable USB with a Linux distro, it is the best and simplest option.
- GParted. An all-terrain partition manager.
- playonlinux It will allow us to install a lot of Windows software, like Photoshop.
- OpenShot y Kdenlive they are two of the best video editors for Linux.
And I remove the following packages because I don't use them:
If you want, you can install and uninstall all the previous software by opening a terminal and typing the following command:
sudo apt-get install -y shutter kodi qbittorrent unetbootin gparted playonlinux openshot kdenlive && sudo apt-get remove -y thunderbird tomboy hexchat pidgin banshee brasero xplayer && sudo apt-get upgrade -y && sudo apt-get autoremove
Do a package cleaning
If you have used the above command, you will have already cleaned a lot. But, we will do a cleaning opening a terminal and typing the commands:
sudo apt autoremove sudo apt-get autoclean
Has any of the above helped you? If the answer is no, what are your suggestions?