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Mint 13 Xfce: After First Boot Configuration

Initial Hardware Check & Configure

  • The “quick check” that the Hard Drive is good only works properly after the 1st boot
    • Settings » Disk Utility → Select the Operating System Drive
      • Ensure this drive has the GREEN LED graphic & “Disk is healthy”
      • If “A few bad sectors” or AMBER/RED LED, then REPLACE the drive!
  • The Mouse/Touchpad also needs to be configured to work in a more reasonable manner.
    • Settings » Mouse and Touchpad » Behavior → Increase Double Click Time to 350ms
    • Settings » Settings Editor » xfwm4 → mousewheel-rollup » double-click » toggle to FALSE

Internet Services Configuration

Linux Mint uses .deb files to install packages and updates. So for any location that uses multiple Linux computers, downloading these .deb files once, then storing them locally on the network, can make a tremendous difference to how fast installing programs or doing updates happens. (Only the 1st computer has to waaait for the needed .deb files to download from the Internet.)
  • enable using a squid-deb-proxy server – if there is one on the local network
  • sudo apt-get install squid-deb-proxy-client
    • Make certain “-client” is at the end of the above command! (Don't install a 2nd .deb server!)
A DNS “issue” in any 12.04LTS Linux can sometimes cause an Internet connection that is connected, but not working properly– because it cannot translate the site name into the numeric address used on the Internet. This problem is often occures when going about and using different WiFi networks.
  • Install the DNS / WiFi Internet fix
  • sudo dpkg-reconfigure resolvconf
    • answer “yes” to the 1st question …
    • answer “no” to the 2nd question …
    • click on “ok” for the “need to reboot” message


Software Sources & Updates

  • Settings » Software Sources » Other Software
    • Select then Remove the medibuntu software repository (which no longer exists)
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-2 (upgrade to LibreOffice 4.2)
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp (upgrade to GIMP 2.8)
  • sudo apt-get update
  • do all Updates
    • ”Ok” to any additional changes pop-ups
    • ”Replace” to any “Replace configuration file” pop-ups
  • load any Additional Drivers for hardware (ONLY if they are really needed)


Language / Graphical / Display Configuration

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