I’ve been running Linux Mint 12 for the past three months (since December). I wasn’t really happy with Unity, and Mint was getting nice reviews so… I decided to jump in and tried it myself.

Being based on Ubuntu, it was nice to see that it felt faster in my machine than Ubuntu 11.10.

I went with the gnome 3 route, but since then I change to openbox. Yes, openbox.

I’m leaving the openbox part to another post, so here’s the Mint installation part.

Installing

  • Backup your data!
  • Download Linux Mint. In my case was the 64bit DVD version (linuxmint-12-gnome-dvd-64bit.iso).
  • Check the hash of the downloaded file (see the download site for the correct hash):
548f0ac303fea840ef138e5669880a74  linuxmint-12-gnome-dvd-64bit.iso
  • Create a CD or a bootable USB stick. I used the “Startup Disk Creator” in Ubuntu. Other alternatives here.
  • Reboot into your CD or bootable USB stick.
  • Install!

Installing Mint is as straightforward as Ubuntu, so there’s nothing much to say.

I had trouble running the live environment. It kept giving me an error:

vesamenu.c32: not a COM32R image
 boot:

I just typed live in the prompt and that was it. See here for more information.

If you have your /home partition separated from your / partition, be sure to select the mount point, but leave the format option unchecked.

I kept my home partition and being based on Ubuntu, all my settings worked fine in Mint.

Post install - Google Chrome

I installed Google Chrome beta.

sudo dpkg -i Downloads/google-chrome-beta_current_amd64.deb
  • Had the following error
google-chrome-beta depends on libnss3-1d (>= 3.12.3); however:
 Package libnss3-1d is not installed.
 google-chrome-beta depends on libcurl3; however:
 Package libcurl3 is not installed.
  • Fixing the problem and finishing the installation
sudo apt-get -f install

Post install - extra software

  • NVIDIA Drivers (Settings > Additional Drivers)
  • SSH and FTP
sudo apt-get install sshfs openssh-server gftp
  • Multimedia (codecs, banshee, vlc and gaupol)
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
sudo apt-get install ffmpeg

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:banshee-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install banshee
sudo apt-get install banshee-extension-lyrics

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/vlc
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-pulse vlc-plugin-notify
sudo apt-get install gaupol
  • Java
sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre
  • Printing (I have a HP Photosmart B110)
sudo apt-get install hplip-gui
  • gperted with ntfs support
sudo apt-get install gparted
sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g
  • Dropbox, with fix for gnome 3
dropbox stop
rm -r ~/.dropbox-dist
sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox
dropbox start -i
sudo ln /usr/lib/nautilus/extensions-2.0/*dropbox* /usr/lib/nautilus/extensions-3.0/
killall nautilus
  • Compiz
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
sudo apt-get install gcstar
  • Portuguese aspell
sudo apt-get install aspell-pt-pt
  • RAR support
sudo apt-get install rar unrar
  • Ubuntu Software Center
sudo apt-get install software-center
  • XChat
sudo apt-get install xchat xchat-indicator
  • Window buttons Ubuntu-like
sudo apt-get install gconf-editor
gconftool-2 -s -t string /desktop/gnome/shell/windows/button_layout "close,maximize,minimize:"