Linux Mint 16 “Petra” KDE Installation and configuration

Linux Mint 16 KDE

Linux mint is very good for beginners. It is easy to install and use.

KDE is a vibrant, innovative, advanced, modern looking and full-featured desktop environment. This edition features all the improvements from the latest Linux Mint release on top of KDE 4.11.

KDE is all about themes and looks. You can have desktop widgets. KDE is not the most responsive desktop.

System requirements:

  • x86 processor (Linux Mint 64-bit requires a 64-bit processor. Linux Mint 32-bit works on both 32-bit and 64-bit processors).
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8 GB of disk space
  • Graphics card capable of 1024×768 resolution
  • DVD drive or USB port

DOWNLOAD

After download you need to burn the ISO image in DVD or you can make bootable USB pendrive using Rufus.

 

  • After you have booted from Linux mint 16 KDE live, this KDE desktop will be shown.
  • Double click on “Install Linux mint”

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  • Choose your language

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  • Click “Continue”

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  • Select “Manual”

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  • This is where you need to decide in which partition Linux will be installed. You need to be careful in this step.
  • /dev/sda represents first hard disk. /dev/sda1 represents first partition of the first hard disk. Similarly /dev/sda2 represents second partition of the first hard disk.
  • In my case i already have windows 8 installed in /dev/sda2 .
  • /dev/sda1 is a 104 MB partition where windows 8 bootloader is stored.
  • In third partition /dev/sda3 i will be installing Linux mint. For that double click on /dev/sda3

 

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  • In Use as select “Ext4 journaling file system”
  • Tick “Format the partition”
  • Select Mount point ” / “
  • Click “OK”

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  • Similarly i have created a “swap” partition with size 5433 MB ( 5 GB) . This is not necessary if you have 4 GB or more RAM.
  • The size of swap partition should be between 1 GB and 4 GB . But I am using 5 GB here.
  • To create swap partition double click on a partition of size between 1 GB and 4 GB .
  • In Use as select “swap”
  • Tick “Format the partition”
  • Click “OK”

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  • Select your “region” and “time zone”

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  • Select “Keyboard layout”

 

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  • Select “Your name” . Pick “username”
  • Choose a oassowrd
  • Click ” Continue”

 

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  • Wait few minutes for installation to complete

 

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  • Click “reatart now”

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  • after reboot you will see this KDE desktop. KDE is the name given to this type od desktop interface.
  • Untick “Show this dialog at startup” .
  • Click “close”

 

 

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  • This the the Linux Mint 16 KDE desktop
  • At lower right corder you can see software update , sound, notification and network manager icons. You may configure LAN, WAN , WiFi, VPN connection in network manager.

 

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  • If you are connected to internet then move your mouse to lower right icon in the panel and double click the shield like icon.

 

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  • Enter the password.
  • In Linux you will asked to enter password to do software update, system setting change, install software, uninstall software and similar administrative tasks.

 

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  • click “Install updates” to download and install updates.

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  • Downloading software packages from internet. This will take some time, so you may minimize it.

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  • Right click on desktop.

 

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  • Goto setting.

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  • Select “system settings”

 

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  • Here you can do all sorts of settings .
  • You can do LAN, WAN, WiFi and VPN settings in “Network settings”
  • double click “workspace appearance”

 

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  • Here you can change the themes.

 

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  • Click “get new themes”

 

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  • Click “install” to download new themes.

 

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  • Select a theme and click Apply

 

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  • New theme applied

 

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  • At top right corner you can see “Destop”.
  • Click on it and select “Add widgets”

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  • In “System settings” select firewall.
  • Tick “Enabled” in Firewall status.

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  • Select “energy saving” in system settings.

 

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  • Here you can do power management settings.

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  • You can add icons in desktop

 

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  • Right click on desktop and select “Folder settings”

 

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  • Select “Icons” .
  • Here you can do various settings for the desktop.

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  • I have resized the size of desktop icon. This is very helpful feature.

 

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You need to explore yourself what you can do in Linux mint.