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Linux Lite 2.0: Generic Install Notes

Pre-Install Configuration

  • On the Bottom of Screen panel or bar select the Terminal icon
  • Copy & Past the following commands into the Command Line window (the Terminal) one line at a time:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install squid-deb-proxy-client
    exit

Run the Linux Lite Installer

  • Run the “Install Linux Lite” application on the desktop
  • Select the Language to use (usually just accept the already selected Language)
  • On the Screen that checks for needed Disk Space & that the Internet is connected:
    • Download updates while installing ← CHECKED
    • Install this third-party software ← CHECKED
  • Installation Type → select “Replace … with Linux
  • Select the correct Time Zone, then the correct Keyboard Layout
  • Enter the appropriate information for Your Name, Your Computer's Name, etc.
  • Click the button to Reboot the computer once the installer is finished.

If the 1st reboot seems to hang, then wait a bit more, remove the install media, and press the Enter key once.

If that does not get the system rebooting, then Press & Hold the power button (for up to 10 sec.) to forcibly shut the computer down. Then just power the system back-up to run the 1st boot of the (just installed) OS.

After First Boot Configuration

Software Updates and Drivers

  • On the Bottom of Screen panel or bar select the Terminal icon
  • Copy & Past the following commands into the Command Line window (the Terminal) one line at a time:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install squid-deb-proxy-client
    exit
  • Menu » Settings » Session and Startup » “Advanced” tab
    • CHECK “Launch GNOME services on startup”

Note: If an application asks about setting the password for the “Default keyring”, make certain it is set to the same password as the user login – so that logging into the user account will also log into the “Default” keyring – which in turn is used to store other passwords.

  • Menu » Favourites » Install Updates
    • Enter the user password when prompted
    • y to accept the changes (then press Enter)
    • When see a text prompt that ends with (Y/I/N/O/D/Z) [default=No]? ← Just press the Enter key

Linux does NOT have the same “Rollback Drivers” capability of other Operating Systems such as Windows. So if a Proprietary Video Driver “fails spectacularly” – that can leave Linux Mint with no video at all on the display.

If that happens, it can sometimes be simpler to “start over & reload Linux”. Or an experienced user can use a Live Boot DVD/USB – to then use text commands to set the video driver back to something that worked.

Proprietary Video Drivers (drivers provided by the manufacture) are often needed to get acceptable performance on older ATI® or NVIDIA® Video Cards. (Hopefully an older card has a Proprietary Driver available.) For the above reason, any drivers should be tried as early in the load process as possible

  • load the Proprietary Video driver (if there is any) – then load other drivers only if they are needed.
    • System » Driver Manager → let it search, then load drivers as appropriate

RESTART SYSTEM

Fully Configure Language Support

  • Settings » Language Support
    • IF “Language support not installed completely” then select “Install”

Since I live in Canada … I also do the following:

  • On the “Language” tab (which is already selected)
    • “Drag & Drop” English (Canada) above English (United States)
  • On the “Regional Formats” tab
    • “Display numbers, dates and currency amounts in the usual format for:” → change to English (Canada)
    • Select “Apply System-Wide”

Better Support for Audio & Video Playback

  • Menu » System » Install Additional Software
    • Select Install Restricted Extras15 (then press Enter) when these notes were written
      • In the Restricted Extras Installer window → Select the “✔Yes” button
      • Enter the user password when prompted
      • Select the “✔OK” button when installing this is done
    • Enter 0 (then press Enter) to Exit
  • On the Bottom of Screen panel or bar select the Terminal icon
  • Copy & Past the following commands into the Command Line window (the Terminal) one line at a time:
    sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh
    sudo apt-get install audacious
    exit
  • Menu » Settings » Removable Drives and Media » “Multimedia” tab
    • Audio CDs Command: audacious cdda:// ← to auto-play Audio CDs when inserted
    • Video CDs/DVDs Command: vlc -f dvd:///dev/sr0 ← to auto-play DVDs (full-screen) when inserted

Internet Applications Configuration

  • Menu » System » Install Additional Software
    • Select Install Chrome Web Browser2 (then press Enter) when these notes were written
      • In the Chrome Installer window → Select the “✔Yes” button
      • Enter the user password when prompted
      • Select the “✘No” button when installing this is done, and ask about launching Chrome
      • Select the “✔OK” button
    • Select Install Google Talk Browser Plugin7 (then press Enter) when these notes were written
      • Enter the user password when prompted
      • Select the “✘No” button when installing this is done, and ask about going into Google Hangouts now
      • Select the “✔OK” button
    • Enter 0 (then press Enter) to Exit
  • Menu » Internet » Google Chrome → UNCHECK Make Google Chrome default browser → Start Chrome → Close Window
    • run Chrome again → select “Don't ask again” (in top yellow bar) → “No thanks” link (next to bottom left of sign-in box)