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’m leaving the openbox part to another post, so here’s the Mint installation part.
- 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):
- 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.
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
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
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
- lightdm tweaking
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
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:"