Linux Mint 18 (Sarah) was out on
June 30, 2016. Fresh installation of Linux Mint 18 (Sarah) comes with plain systems, it’s not enough to make your Desktop as user friendly. We have to tweak & adjust some settings and install additional software’s to make your Desktop more easier as well as better for daily use. Assume you have already installed Linux Mint 18 (Sarah). If, no install right now Linux Mint 18 (Sarah).
1) Check for updates
Make sure your system upto date for better performance. How to check and do ? simply fire below command on your terminal to update your system packages to latest version. It will ask you to confirm for update, here you can see how much
MB/KB going to upgrade, its purely depends on your system packages which you have installed.
[Updating system packages to latest version]
$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
Alternatively we can do via GUI by navigating,
Menu >> Search
Update Manager >> Open
Update manager. Here you can see the
MintUpdate packages. You will see list of available updates and hit
Install Update button to install the updates. It will ask you to enter the sudo password to perform the update.
2) Install themes, extensions, desklets (desktop widgets) and applet indicators
Linux Mint is better then Ubuntu ? How ? Because Linux Mint having more & more Themes, extensions, desklets (desktop widgets) and applet indicators is available by default in
System Settings simply navigate and install then feel the desktop experience. If you are feeling it’s not enough, you can get more by clicking
Get more online Button.
3) Install Linux Graphics Drivers
To get more & better performance from your Linux Mint box, you should install appropriate graphics drivers which will help you to run your environment smooth without any issues. Are you gamer ? then no other option, because without proper graphics drivers you can’t run any games on your system. You can done this by navigating
System Settings >>
4) Install old Mint wallpapers
Every release of Linux Mint comes with a new set of wallpapers. Still you can install old wallpapers by running below command on your terminal.
[Install old Mint wallpapers]
$ sudo apt-get install mint-backgrounds-*
5) Install Icon Theme
Verity of Icon Theme is available for Linux Desktop, Choose the desired Icon Theme from below link for your Desktop and make your Desktop more elegant.
6) Install GTK Theme
Bunch of Icon Theme is available for Linux Desktop, Choose the desired GTK Theme from below link for your Desktop and make your Desktop more elegant.
7) Install Media Codecs
Entertainment is one of the important things for everybody now a days, multimedia codecs are included in Linux Mint 18 default Repository. So, it will automatically installed by default. Even though you can recheck by running below command.
[Install old Mint wallpapers]
$ sudo apt-get install mint-meta-codecs
8) Set Google Search as default on Firefox
As you notice that the default search engine in Firefox is Yahoo. Google Search engine is not available in Firefox by default also not even listed there, We can enable it by visiting Mozilla Add-on page. Just click on
Add to Firefox button to add it. Then click the
Plus icon on search box and click
Google Default Search, Finally change the Search Engine here on the drop down from Yahoo to Google.
9) Install Flash Player
By default Flash player & Java Applet comes with Mint Repository so no need to install those on Firefox but still we need to install Pepper based flash player for Chromium browser. It will download the pepper flash player from Google Chrome browser and put it inside Chromium.
[Install the pepper flash player for Chromium]
$ sudo apt-get install pepperflashplugin-nonfree
[If it fails to download, run below command]
$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure pepperflashplugin-nonfree
10) Install VLC Media Player
VLC media player (commonly known as VLC) is a portable, modern, powerful, free and open-source, cross-platform multimedia player, framework and streaming media server developed by VideoLAN project. VLC is available for all kind of platform like desktop operating systems (Linux, Windows & OS X) & mobile platform (Android, iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch). VLC media player supports many audio and video file formats & compression methods including DVD-Video, video CD and streaming protocols.
[Install VLC Media Player]
$ sudo apt-get install vlc browser-plugin-vlc
11) Install Clementine Audio Player
Clementine is a cross-platform free and open source modern music player and library organizer. It is inspired by Amarok 1.4 to the Qt 4 framework and focusing on a fast and easy-to-use interface for searching and playing your music.
[Install Clementine Audio Player]
$ sudo apt-get install clementine
12) Install Inkscape Image Editor
Inkscape is a drawing and painting tool similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, Xara X & Photoshop. Inkscape is 100% open source and available to everyone in the world. Inkscape is multi-platform available for Linux, Windows & Mac.
[Install Inkscape Image Editor]
$ sudo apt-get install inkscape
13) Install VirtualBox
VirtualBox is an open source cross-platform virtualization software for x86 architecture, Which was developed by Oracle. VirtualBox is an amazing software which have lot of features compare with other virtualization software such as VMware,etc.., and still development team hardly working on virtualbox to improve the stability.
14) Install QBittorrent Client
qBittorrent is free and open source cross platform bittorrent client which is alternative for µtorrent, Which will support all the major Operating Systems (Linux, windows & Mac).
[Install QBittorrent Client]
$ sudo apt-get install qbittorrent
15) Install Aria2 Download Manager
aria2 is a Free, open source, lightweight multi-protocol & multi-source command-line download utility. It supports HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, SFTP, BitTorrent and Metalink. aria2 can be manipulated via built-in JSON-RPC and XML-RPC interfaces. aria2 automatically validates chunks of data while downloading a file. It can download a file from multiple sources/protocols and tries to utilize your maximum download bandwidth. By default all the Linux Distribution included aria2, so we can install easily from official repository.
[Install Aria2 Download Manager]
$ sudo apt-get install aria2
16) Install Mozilla Thunderbird
Mozilla Thunderbird is a free, open source, cross-platform feature rich and modern email & Chat client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. As per Wikipedia page info, Thunderbird 1.0 get downloaded 1,000,000 times within 10 days. Thunderbird is a free email application that’s easy to set up and customize – and it’s loaded with great features also you can add more features via add-on. Thunderbird makes email better for you, bringing together speed, privacy and the latest technologies.
[Install Mozilla Thunderbird]
$ sudo apt-get install thunderbird
17) Install Skype
skype is most popular application which is used to make a call over the Internet as FREE of cost. Skype to Skype calls & message completely FREE and Skype to Landline and phone low calling rate compare with mobile phones. Skype Technologies S.A (Microsoft Corporation) announced the new release of Skype 4.3 for Linux on June 18th 2014.
18) Install Dropbox
Dropbox is a file hosting service, that offers cloud storage and real-time file synchronization. Dropbox automatically creates a folder on your computer under (/home/username/Dropbox) while installing, After that it will synchronize your data from local PC to your Dropbox & Dropbox to your local PC. So, you can access your content (Images, documents, etc..,) remotely using your Dropbox account. You can install Dropbox Desktop client to more than one PC.
19) Install ownCloud
Owncloud is an cloud based storage which was designed especially for privacy & security, How ? We can install in our organization and maintain ourself so, nobody can read ours. Say for example if you stored your content to third party such as (free cloud storage) we don’t know its safe and secure. owncloud allow user’s to sync and share the files like dropbox and google drive. Its a open-source software, you can install and create your own owncloud storage system using owncloud software and manage all your company data in cloud and access anywhere. Its nice user interface and everybody love owncloud.
20) Install punch of Apps
Mint offers wide range of Apps which will help us to install all required Application/software based on our requirements to run day to day activity. You can done this through
21) Install more Browsers
Web browser is important one for computer, we can’t do anything without web browser such as browsing, checking mails, accessing bank account, etc.,. Follow below steps to install more browsers on Ubuntu.
22) Install other Desktop Environments
Initially you had installed a different desktop environment (In my case i have installed Cinnamon) and want to install other desktop environment such as Gnome, kde, xfce, lxde or mate try the below commands.
23) Install JAVA & openJDK
JAVA is mandatory to perform/run certain program on Linux Box. We can install it using below article link.
24) install Synaptic Package Manager
If you are not familiar in command line, i will advise you to install Install Synaptic Package Manager which will help you to install, remove, update packages with GUI.
$ sudo apt-get install synaptic
25) Install BleachBit (System Cleaner)
BleachBit is a free, open-source and easy to use disk space cleaner & privacy manager, not only clearing disk space apart from that it will Free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn’t know was there. Designed to work with Linux and Windows systems also clean a thousand applications such as Firefox, Internet Explorer, Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari,and more.
Now, you will feel, your Linux Mint 18 (Sarah) box become user friendly. What you are thinking ? Share your valuable commands in our comment section to improve our website quality…Stay tune with 2daygeek for latest LINUX GEEKS..)