Settings To Do After Installing Linux Mint 17 Qiana MATE

After installing linux mint 17 MATE edition there are some good settings that can be done . I am merely suggesting you to do these settings. Your computer needs to be connected to Internet. Better you have a fast Internet. Enter password whenever asked during the whole process.

  • Start Control Center

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  • You can do a lot of settings

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  • Start the terminal

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  • We need to install some themes and icons before we are able to use it.
  • To do so write these in terminal. Press “Enter” or “Y” whenever asked during installation.

 THEMES

  1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/themes
  2. sudo apt-get update
  3. sudo apt-get install ambiance-radiance-colors
  4. sudo apt-get install mediterranean-theme
  5. sudo apt-get install ambiance-lime
  6. sudo apt-get install mintx-colors-gtk-theme
  7. sudo apt-get install delorean-dark

ICONS

  1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/icons
  2. sudo apt-get update
  3. sudo apt-get install faenza-icon-theme
  4. sudo apt-get install faience-icon-theme
  • Open appearance from “Control center”.
  • Click “Customize” as shown below.

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  • Select a theme.

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  • Select a “Windows border” theme

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  • Select a “Icon set”

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  • Select a “pointer”
  • close window

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  • Start synaptic package manager

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  • Search “times new roman”
  • Right click “ttf-mscorefonts-installer” .
  • Select “mark for installation”.
  • Click “Apply”

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  • Goto fonts tab .
  • Select “Arial” font as shown below.
  • Close window

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  • start desktop settings from “control center”.
  • Select which icon you want to see in desktop.
  • Close window

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  • Start “notification settings” from “Control center’
  • Select position ” Top left”.
  • close window

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  • Start “preferred applications” from “control center”
  • Select default applications

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  • When done close window

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  • Start “Screensaver preferences”.
  • Select screensaver.
  • Select other options as required.

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  • Start “disks” from “control center”
  • here you can see all the hard disks and partitions
  • here i will do settings to automount partitions . When linux boots , it does not mount some partitions be default. It better you do settings to auto mount some partition that you use.
  • You can see star mark in partition which gets auto mounted .
  • I need partition 8 to auto mount.
  • Select the partition 8.
  • Click on setting icon as shown below and select “Edit mount options”

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  • Turn off the “Automatic mount options”
  • Tick “Mount at startup” and “Show in user interface”
  • click “OK”

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  • Now you can see star mark in partition 8 which will get auto mounted .
  • close window

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  • Start “mouse” in control center.
  • increase the mouse sensitivity

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  • i disabled the touchpad while typing.
  • close window

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  • Start “power management” from control center.
  • Do settings as required.

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  • When done close window

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  • Start “sound” from control center.

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  • By default Vlc media player is installed.
  • Start VLC .
  • Select Tools-> preferences.

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  • Tick “allow only one instance”

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  • Tick “Always on top”

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  • Select “all” as shown below.

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  • Untick “resize interface to the native video size”

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  • Select resampling quality to 8

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  • Select ” Sinc fuction (best quality) “
  • Close window

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  • Right click on panel and select “properties”

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  • you may want to increase the size . for me 30 pixels was good enough

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  • you may want to change the theme of panel .
  • you make the panel trasparent

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  • about 50% transparency.
  • When done close window

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  • Select “add to panel’ as shown below

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  • there are various applets that you can add in panel

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  • Select “network monitor” .
  • Click “Add”
  • close window

LINUX MINT 17 MATE Add to Panel_041 Addtitionally you may install softwares. Install Variety 

Variety is more of a fully featured application than just a simple AppIndicator, but I’ll add it here anyway since I’m sure many of you will love it.
Variety is a wallpaper changer. Variety automatically downloads and changes your wallpaper on a given interval. Using Variety , you’ll get cool, fresh wallpapers each day. Or each hour. Or… well, it’s up to you when the wallpaper changes.

To install Variety in Linux Mint 17 Qiana, use the following commands:

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peterlevi/ppa
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install variety
  • start variety.
  • Tick “Start variety when the computer starts”
  • untick all under ” images “

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  • Add images files or the folder with images

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  • untick “enable sharing on facebook … “.
  • when done close window.

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  • Start “Software manager” as shown below

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  • Un-tick “search while typing”

LINUX MINT 17 MATE Software Manager (as superuser)_049   LINUX MINT 17 MATE Software Manager (as superuser)_046 Clementine is a good audio player.

  • Search “Clementine”.
  • Double click on it.

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  • click “install”

LINUX MINT 17 MATE Software Manager (as superuser)_048 Conky is a system monitor that can display just about anything, either on your root desktop or in its own window. Conky has many built-in objects, as well as the ability to execute external programs or scripts (either external or through built-in lua support).
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  • Similarly you can install others softwares.

Deluge is a full-featured, multi-platform, multi-interface BitTorrent client using libtorrent-rasterbar in its back end and featuring multiple user-interfaces: GTK+, web and console. Shutter is a feature-rich screenshot program. You can take a screenshot of a specific area, window, your whole screen, or even of a website – apply different effects to it, draw on it to highlight points, and then upload to an image hosting site, all within one window.

GPRename is a complete batch renamer for files and directorys. GPRename easily can replace, remove, insert, delete and number consecutively files and directorys.
OpenShot Video Editor is a free, open-source, non-linear video editor. It can create and edit videos and movies using many popular video, audio, and image formats. Create videos for YouTube, Flickr, Vimeo, Metacafe, iPod, Xbox, and many more common formats!

gufw is an easy and intuitive way to manage your Linux firewall. It supports common tasks such as allowing or blocking pre-configured, common p2p, or individual port(s), and many others! HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs. HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows. Furius ISO Mount is a simple application for mounting ISO, IMG, BIN, MDF and NG image files even without burning them to disk. uGet  is a download manager. uGet is a very Powerful & Lightweight download manager application with a large inventory of features. uGet is an Open Source download manager application for GNU/Linux developed with GTK+.

You also need to install flashgot downloader manager addon in firefox .

Now when you download files from firefox, you get this message . Select “Flashgot” then “uGet” . Now the file will be downloaded by uGet download manager. LINUX MINT 17 MATE Opening Firefox-20Setup-2030.0.exe_054

  • You can install more software from synaptic package manager

LINUX MINT 17 MATE Synaptic Package Manager  (as superuser)_064 Search and install GNOME Nettool is a network information tool which provides user interfaces for some of the most common command line network tools i MediaInfo-gui is a utility used for retrieving technical information and other metadata about audio or video files.

Installation through terminal

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  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder

I-Nex is free system info tool which is used to gather information on the main system components (devices) such as CPU, motherboard, memory, video memory, sound, USB devices and so on.

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:i-nex-development-team/stable
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nemh/gambas3
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install i-nex

CPU-G is useful utility to show hardware information. It detects hardware and display details about everything, it shows information about CPU(Processor), RAM(Active/Inactive, Free, Used and cached), Motherboard and Chipset, Bios Details, Graphic card details, and details of installed Linux.

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cpug-devs/ppa
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install cpu-g
  • Firefox font settings

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  • Select default font “Arial”

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  • To Resize desktop icons right click on the desktop icons and select “Resize icon”

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  • Now you can resize the desktop icons

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  •  Update manager Preferences

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  • increase the Auto-refresh time

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