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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

  • Remove the Ubuntu software repository that is no longer on the Internet from the Software Sources list
    • Settings » Software Sources » Other Software
      • select then Remove the Software Source
  • Use the appropriate PPA's to update LibreOffice and GIMP to the current version. (LibreOffice 4.2 & GIMP 2.8)
    • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-2
    • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
  • Now command Linux Mint to use the about the above changes to the Software Sources
    • sudo apt-get update
  • do all Updates → The “Shield” icon in the bottom right corner (that will has a blue symbol in the centre)
    The “standard” answers to use with the Mint Updater : (what I recommend using)
    • click ”Ok” to any additional changes pop-ups
    • click ”Replace” to any “Replace configuration file” pop-ups
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 actually 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.

Also, if something like a phoneline Fax Modem will not be used, then I would suggest not loading any Proprietary Driver for that “unused” hardware.
  • load the Proprietary Video driver (if there is any) – then load other drivers only if they are needed.
    • Settings » Additional Drivers → let it search, then load drivers as appropriate


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