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OfficialUser Guide
Linux Mint
Main Edition
Page 1 of 50
 
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION TO LINUX MINT ........3H
ISTORY
..........................................................3P
URPOSE
..........................................................3V
ERSION
 
NUMBERS
 
AND
 
CODENAMES
...................4E
DITIONS
..........................................................5W
HERE
 
TO
 
FIND
 
HELP
........................................5INSTALLATION OF LINUX MINT .........6D
OWNLOAD
 
THE
ISO........................................6
V
IA
T
ORRENT
....................................................6Install a Torrent client....................................7Download the Torrent file..............................7V
IA
 
A
 
DOWNLOAD
 
MIRROR 
...................................7
EAD
 
THE
ELEASE
N
OTES
................................7C
HECK 
 
THE
MD5.............................................8B
URN
 
THE
ISO
TO
CD.....................................9B
OOT
 
THE
L
IVE
CD........................................10I
NSTALL
L
INUX
M
INT
 
ON
 
YOUR 
H
ARD
D
RIVE
....10T
HE
B
OOT
 
SEQUENCE
......................................18INTRODUCTION TO THE LINUX MINTDESKTOP .................................................. 20T
HE
G
NOME
D
ESKTOP
....................................20D
ESKTOP
S
ETTINGS
.........................................20T
HE
M
ENU
.....................................................21
G
ETTING
 
TO
 
KNOW
 
THE
 
MENU
.............................21The “Places” menu.......................................21The “System” menu.....................................23The “Applications” menu.............................27The “Search” field........................................30D
EFINE
 
YOUR 
 
FAVORITE
 
APPLICATIONS
..................30M
AKE
 
YOUR 
 
OWN
 
SHORTCUTS
.............................31L
AUNCH
 
APPLICATIONS
 
AUTOMATICALLY
 
WHEN
 
YOU
 
LOG
 
IN
............................................................31C
HANGE
 
THE
 
APPEARANCE
 
OF
 
THE
 
MENU
..............31A
CTIVATE
 
THE
ECENT
 
PLUG
-
IN
..........................32
ESTORE
 
THE
 
DEFAULT
 
SETTINGS
.........................33
EPLACE
 
THE
 
MENU
 
WITH
 
THE
 
DEFAULT
G
 NOME
 
MENU
..............................................................33
SOFTWARE MANAGEMENT ................ 33P
ACKAGE
M
ANAGEMENT
 
IN
L
INUX
M
INT
..........33
T
HE
S
OFTWARE
M
ANAGER 
................................38T
HE
M
ENU
......................................................39S
YNAPTIC
& APT...........................................39
EMOVE
 
APPLICATIONS
....................................40
F
ROM
 
THE
M
ENU
.............................................40U
SING
APT....................................................40S
YNAPTIC
........................................................40
U
PDATE
 
YOUR 
 
SYSTEM
 
AND
 
YOUR 
 
APPLICATIONS
..41
U
SING
 
THE
U
PDATE
M
ANAGER 
...........................41
TIPS AND TRICKS ................................... 46C
OPY
 
AND
 
PASTE
 
WITH
 
THE
 
MOUSE
....................46T
AKES
 
NOTES
 
WITH
T
OMBOY
............................47A
RCHIVE
 
EMAILS
 
AND
 
WEBSITES
 
AS
PDF...........48CONCLUSION ........................................... 50
Page 2 of 50
 
Introduction to Linux Mint
Linux Mint is a computer operating system designed to work on most modern systems,including typical x86 and x64 PCs.Linux Mint can be thought of as filling the same role as Microsoft's Windows, Apple'sMac OS, and the free BSD OS. Linux Mint is also designed to work in conjunction withother operating systems (including those listed above), and can automatically set up a“dual bootor “multi-boot” environment (where the user is prompted as to whichoperating system to start at each boot-up) during its installation.Linux Mint is a great operating system for individuals and for companies.
History
Linux Mint is a very modern operating system; Its development started in 2006. It is,however, built upon very mature and proven software layers, including the Linux kernel,the GNU tools and the Gnome desktop. It also relies on the Ubuntu and Debian projectsand uses their systems as a base.The Linux Mint project focuses on making the desktop more usable and more efficientfor everyday tasks preformed by regular users. Underneath the desktop the operatingsystem also provides, from a very strong base, a huge collection of available software anda very well integrated set of services.Linux Mint saw a rapid rise in popularity and more and more people use it every day.
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 best operating systemavailable by making it easy for people to get to use advanced technologies, rather than bysimplifying them (and thereby reducing their capabilities), or by copying the approachestaken by other developers.The goal is to develop our own idea of the ideal desktop. We think that it is best to makethe most out of the modern technologies that exist under Linux and make it easy for everybody to use its most advanced features.Page 3 of 50

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