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LinuxMint-4 0-User-Guide v1

LinuxMint-4 0-User-Guide v1

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OfficialUser Guide
Linux Mint 4.0 “Daryna”
MAIN EDITION
Document Version 4.1
Page 1 of 40
 
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS .............................2INTRODUCTION TO LINUX MINT ........3H
ISTORY
...........................................................3P
URPOSE
...........................................................3V
ERSION
 
NUMBERS
 
AND
 
CODENAMES
...................4E
DITIONS
...........................................................4W
HERE
 
TO
 
FIND
 
HELP
.........................................5INSTALLATION OF LINUX MINT ..........6D
OWNLOAD
 
THE
ISO.........................................6
V
IA
T
ORRENT
.....................................................7Install a Torrent client....................................8Download the Torrent file..............................8V
IA
 
A
 
DOWNLOAD
 
MIRROR 
....................................8
EAD
 
THE
ELEASE
N
OTES
................................8C
HECK 
 
THE
MD5..............................................9B
URN
 
THE
ISO
TO
CD....................................10B
OOT
 
THE
L
IVE
CD.........................................10I
NSTALL
L
INUX
M
INT
 
ON
 
YOUR 
H
ARD
-D
RIVE
.....11F
IRST
B
OOT
C
ONFIGURATION
............................24INTRODUCTION TO THE LINUX MINTDESKTOP ..................................................31T
HE
G
NOME
D
ESKTOP
.....................................31M
INT
D
ESKTOP
................................................31M
INT
M
ENU
.....................................................36
G
ET
 
TO
 
KNOW
 
MINT
M
ENU
..................................37The “Places” menu.......................................37The “System” menu.....................................43The “Applications” menu.............................47The “Search” field........................................53D
EFINE
 
YOUR 
 
FAVORITE
 
APPLICATIONS
...................54M
AKE
 
YOUR 
 
OWN
 
SHORTCUTS
.............................56C
HANGE
 
THE
 
APPEARANCE
 
OF
 
MINT
M
ENU
.............56
ESTORE
 
THE
 
DEFAULT
 
SETTINGS
..........................58
EPLACE
 
MINT
M
ENU
 
WITH
 
THE
 
DEFAULT
G
 NOME
 
MENU
...............................................................59C
HANGE
 
OTHER 
 
SETTINGS
...................................60
INSTALL/REMOVE APPLICATIONS ...64P
ACKAGE
M
ANAGEMENT
 
IN
L
INUX
M
INT
..........64I
NSTALL
 
NEW
 
APPLICATIONS
...............................65
MINT
I
 NSTALL
&
THE
S
OFTWARE
P
ORTAL
...............65S
YNAPTIC
& APT............................................68
EMOVE
 
APPLICATIONS
.....................................70
APT...............................................................71S
YNAPTIC
.........................................................72
U
PDATE
 
YOUR 
 
SYSTEM
 
AND
 
YOUR 
 
APPLICATIONS
..73
U
SING
 
MINT
U
PDATE
...........................................74
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR DESKTOP .....................................................................78C
OPY
 
AND
 
PASTE
 
WITH
 
THE
 
MOUSE
....................78T
AKES
 
NOTES
 
WITH
T
OMBOY
............................79S
HARE
 
FILES
 
WITH
 
MINT
U
PLOAD
.......................81
U
SE
 
A
M
INT
-S
PACE
 
ACCOUNT
 
WITH
 
MINT
U
PLOAD
..83
A
RCHIVE
 
EMAILS
 
AND
 
WEBSITES
 
AS
PDF...........85CONCLUSION ...........................................86
Page 2 of 40
 
Introduction to Linux Mint
Linux Mint is an operating system designed to work on PC and on x86 computers.The same way a computer can run Microsoft Windows it can run Linux Mint instead, or even run both. A computer running both Windows and Linux is known to “dual-boot”(the user selects which operating system is to be launched when the computer is turnedon). This is also true with Apple Mac OS, with BSD, with other flavors of Linux and in ageneral way with any other operating system. A computer can even “multi-boot” andoffer a wide selection of operating systems at boot time.Linux Mint works well on its own without the need for any other operating systems but italso cohabitates well, auto-detects and communicates well with other operating systems.For instance, if you install Linux Mint on a computer currently running MicrosoftWindows (XP, Vista or any version), Linux Mint will detect Windows, a dual-boot willautomatically be set up for you to choose between Linux Mint and Windows at boot timeand you will even be able to access your Windows files from Linux Mint.As Linux is more secure, more stable, more efficient and nowadays easier to use thanWindows, it represents a great alternative for individuals and for companies.
History
Linux Mint is a very modern operating system. Its development only started in 2006. Yet,it is based on very mature software layers and takes advantage of the Linux kernel, theGNU tools and the Gnome desktop. It also relies on the Ubuntu and Debian projects anduses their system as a base.The Linux Mint project focuses on making the desktop more usable and more efficientfor every day tasks for the user. Underneath the desktop the operating system benefitsfrom a very strong base, a huge collection of available software and a very wellintegrated set of services.From the beginning of the project Linux Mint quickly became popular and is now amongthe most used PC operating system in the World.
Purpose
The purpose of Linux Mint is to provide a desktop operating system that home users andcompanies can use at no cost and which is as efficient, easy to use and elegant as possible.One of the ambitions of the Linux Mint project is to become the number 1 alternative toMicrosoft Windows on the PC by making it easy for people to get to use advancedPage 3 of 40

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