What to do after installing Linux Mint 14 Nadia

Every time are more that users of this distribution you knew break off de Ubuntu and take a slightly different path. The last version It comes with some new features and in two versions: Cinnamon and MATE. 

Some considerations to take into account before starting the guide are the following:

  • Unlike Ubuntu, Mint comes by default with most of the multimedia audio and video codecs, so updating them is not a priority.
  • Another important component that is installed by default is Synaptic, the well-known package manager.
  • If you have the Ubuntu-based version, many programs and packages are highly compatible between both distributions.

Having clarified these points, we continue to list some things that can make life easier after installing the new version Nadia.

1. Run the Update Manager

It is possible that new updates have come out since you downloaded the image, so you can check if there are updates available from the update manager (Menu> Administration> Update Manager) or with the following command:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

2. Install the graphics card drivers

In Menu Preferences> Additional Drivers we can update and change (if we wish) the driver of the graphics card that we have.

3. Install the language pack

Although by default Linux Mint installs the Spanish language pack (or any other that we have indicated during the installation) it does not do so completely. To reverse this situation we can go to Menu> Preferences> Language support or also by typing the following command in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install language-pack-gnome-en language-pack-en language-pack-kde-en libreoffice-l10n-en thunderbird-locale-en thunderbird-locale-en-en thunderbird-locale-en-ar

4. Customize the appearance

There are many ways to do it, and they are all free! In http://gnome-look.org/ we have a large database of wallpapers, themes, tools and other elements that will help us to "looke" our desktop. We can also make use of 3 well-known tools:

1. docky, a shortcut bar and applications for our desktop. Official website: http://wiki.go-docky.com/index.php?title=Welcome_to_the_Docky_wiki. Installation: in a terminal we write: sudo apt-get install docky

2. AWN, another navigation bar, almost a competitor to docky! Official website: https://launchpad.net/awn Installation: from the Program manager.

3. Conky, a system monitor that displays information on various components, such as RAM, CPU usage, system time, etc. The great advantage is that there are many "skins" of this application. Official website: http://conky.sourceforge.net/ Installation: sudo apt-get install conky

5. Install restrictive fonts

If it is necessary to install them, we must write the following commands in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer

We accept the license terms by managing with TAB and ENTER.

It is important to do it from a terminal and not from any of the managers, since we will not be able to accept the terms of use in them.

6. Install programs to play

In addition to the large library of games that the repositories have, we also have http://www.playdeb.net/welcome/, another page that specializes in collecting games for Linux systems in .deb packages. If we also want to enjoy our Windows games, not to despair, since we have some alternatives:

1. Wine (http://www.winehq.org/) provides us with the compatibility layer to run not only games, but also all kinds of compiled software for Windows systems

2. PlayOnLinux (http://www.playonlinux.com/en/) another resource that provides us with a library capable of installing and using software designed for Windows

3. lutris (http://lutris.net/) a gaming platform developed for GNU / Linux, a great resource despite being in development stages.

4. Winetricks (http://wiki.winehq.org/winetricks) works as a script that helps to download libraries needed to run games on Linux, such as .NET Frameworks, DirectX, etc.

For all these programs, we can consult their respective official pages, either in the Linux Mint Programs manager or the terminal. Likewise, we especially recommend reading this mini-tutor which explains how to install and configure each of them.

7. Install audio plugins

Some of them, like Gstreamer or Timidity, will help us expand our catalog of supported formats; both can be found in the Programs manager or can be installed using the command sudo apt-get install. We also mention the pulseaudio-equalizer software, capable of giving us a Pulse Audio configuration and improving the sound quality; to install it we will use 3 commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa: nilarimogard / webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pulseaudio-equalizer

8. Install Gparted

It is possible that in some installations this component is missing as useful as it is when managing the partitions of our disks. Having it in our distribution is as easy as typing sudo apt-get install gparted or from the Program manager.

9. Install other programs

The rest is to get the software you want for each need. There are many ways to do it:

1. In Program Manager, which we enter from Menu> Administration, we have a very generous number of programs for any function that occurs to us. The manager is arranged by categories, which facilitates the search for what we want. Once the program we need is located, it is only a matter of pressing the install button and typing the Administrator password; We can even create an installation queue that the same manager will execute sequentially.

2. The aim of the Package manager if we know exactly what packages we want to install. Not recommended to install programs from scratch if we do not know all the packages we will need.

3. Through a terminal (Menu> Accessories) and typing usually sudo apt-get install + program name. Sometimes we will have to previously add the repository with the commands sudo apt-get ppa: + repository name; to search for a program with the console we can type apt search.

4. On page http://www.getdeb.net/welcome/ (Playdeb's sister) we also have a good catalog of software compiled in .deb packages

5. The official project page if you have any other installation steps.

Some software recommendations:

  • Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera: Internet browsers
  • Mozilla Thunderbird: email and calendar manager
  • Libre Office, Open Office, K-Office: office suites
  • Comix: comics reader
  • Okular: multiple file reader (including pdf)
  • Inkscape: vector graphics editor
  • Blender: 3D Modeler
  • Gimp: creating and editing images
  • VLC, Mplayer: sound and video players
  • Rythmbox, Audacious, Songbird, Amarok - Audio Players
  • Boxee: multimedia center
  • Caliber: e-book management
  • Picasa - Image Management
  • Audacity, LMMS: audio editing platforms
  • Pidgin, Emesené, Empathy: multiprotocol chat clients
  • Google Earth: Google's well-known virtual globe
  • Transmission, Vuze: P2P clients
  • Bluefish: HTML editor
  • Geany, Eclipse, Emacs, Gambas: development environments for different languages
  • Gwibber, Tweetdeck: clients for social networks
  • K3B, Brasero: disc recorders
  • Furious ISO Mount: to mount ISO images on our system
  • Unetbootin: allows you to “mount” operating systems on a pendrive
  • ManDVD, Devede: DVD Authoring and Creation
  • Bleachbit: remove unnecessary files from the system
  • VirtualBox, Wine, Dosemu, Vmware, Bochs, PearPC, ARPS, Win4Linux: emulation of operating systems and software
  • Games there are thousands and for all tastes !!

To see a more extensive list, you can visit the Programs section of this blog.

Clear cache

It is not necessary, but if at some point we want to clean the memory of the processes we open a terminal and write the following: su - (to be root) and then echo 3> / proc / sys / vm / drop_caches. This process is not destructive, but it is still recommended to read other references on the internet, for example: http://linux-mm.org/Drop_Caches

Explore our new system

We already have a complete operating system ready for our daily use. As always, it is recommended to explore the managers, options, configurations and other tools of the system to familiarize ourselves with all the virtues of our system.

In short, relax and enjoy the benefits of free software. Learn at once what it feels like to be free of viruses, blue screens and restrictions of all kinds.

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  1.   Jose Salvador Toral said

    Excuse me, could you help me I have the linux mint 14 xfce but the problem is that it does not give me any audio and before I had the linux mint 13 xfce and with the audio pulse I changed the configuration without amplifier and if it gave me audio only in that one because with The others do not, but in this one, that configuration option does not come and it does not give me any audio, please help

  2.   Monocot Zea Mays said

    This Linux is costing me one half, but even so I want to continue giving Linux ... I have not been able to install the language pack .. (I already put the missing n, also from the preferences manager) someone could give me some advice? Thank you

  3.   Kurumu Kurono said

    The article is a plagiarism, and a fraud. The article was originally written for mint 12, and this was the link to the original guide. Copypaste really bothers me. It must be because I am also a writer ...


  4.   Milton Hernan More said

    Hi, how can I customize the dual-boot screen with LinuxMint installed? I tried to follow a totorial that I found here but it didn't help me.

  5.   WhiteFox said

    for that, install the burg that offers a wide range of options 🙂

    by terminal
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa: n-muench / burg
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install burg burg-common burg-themes burg-themes-common burg-emu burg-pc

  6.   ak-D said

    hey I have a problem

    The keyboard is not properly configured, some letters are missing functions such as «q» «a» «z» «# 1» «Esc» «Tab» «Cap Locks» etc ...

  7.   WhiteFox said

    Try another language of Spanish in my case the same thing happened to me but I tried another and it came out walking

  8.   tke said

    I stay with ubuntu linux mint green copy XD

  9.   Paolo peace said

    thanks I help muxo…. Since I just got motivated to delete windwos 8 and use linux mint14 =)

  10.   Gilberto Pizarro. said

    Thanks, it helped me a lot since I'm new to free software; though it reminded me of my MS-DOS days. (they will calculate my age hehe heh) the software community has made me feel like part (and we are) of a big family.

  11.   gustavo said

    Hi, I have a problem I can't open the page http://www.youtube.com It jumps to me like when there is no insternet in the firefox browser. I have the linux mint 14, it is updated and installed the plugins. thanks

  12.   joso said

    That probably happened, because when opting for that option, you did not leave a free space (partition), for it to search for it, and automatically install it in it; the
    it is better to choose the manual partition option ...

  13.   joso said

    It depends on whether you run it (as portable), or whether you already installed it; that problem i
    presented, until I installed it (with a manual partition), and immediately ran the
    updates, in that process I downloaded the language pack (Spanish),
    previously selected; first of all check your updates, in many cases
    in cases the initial settings are complemented and / or activated …… ..

  14.   JeremiY Pomp said

    I would like to know if I can download the xfce or gnome environment since this version comes with kde, or do I have to download the version that comes with xfce? I say why I don't like KDE

  15.   Let's use Linux said

    Fixed the n. What mistake did you make?

  16.   angel said

    I need help I can't install the language pack

  17.   danilo said

    I just installed it but it does not play any type of audio, neither from the system nor on the internet. somebody could help me?

  18.   Let's use Linux said

    Try editing the ~ / .config / ubuntuone / syncdaemon.conf file

    Look for the line: files_sync_enabled = False

    Replace with: files_sync_enabled = True

    Save the changes and reopened the UbuntuOne control panel. In case that doesn't work just in case, restart.

    Cheers! Paul.

  19.   nicorobin120 said

    sorry in the terminal in root or root I did not know well.
    Thank you

  20.   Rodrigo gomez said

    Hello people, I would like someone to give me a hand with my problem ..
    It turns out that when installing it, I chose the option to install it together with Windows 7, supposedly I should be able to choose which one to use when I turn on my netbook (EXO mate X352), now, at startup, the grub only lets me do 2 memtest and 2 ways to boot mint (common and recovery). How can I manually add windows to grub to choose it? I noticed that no files were deleted from such a system after Mint installation.

  21.   nicorobin120 said

    sudo update-grub2 in the terminal and there it regenerates a grub where the windows has to be and that's it. linux mint 14

  22.   Montevideano1 said

    Hello, I don't know how the menu from the status bar and there is a worse drawing, I can't put the icon again with the MENU writing. also when I minimize a window it does not stay in the status bar but I lose it. if anyone knows how to repair this thank you very much

  23.   Jairo mejia said

    In the search engine that appears in the menu you put Orí ... I know that it is not much but you have to put it with everything and check, that will give you the option of Software Origins there the option that says Additional Drivers or Additional Drivers.

    There is the one that puts by default and those created by companies such as nVidia and AMD, you put the first one that says tested or tested and you say Apply Changes (Creo xD) or Apply Changes and you wait for it to download, I just have to restart and You have to see if the name of your card already appears in Settings, if not ... There is the problem, I do not know, ask someone with great experience (Noob)

  24.   Foxmulder79 said

    How can I remove the terminals to keep only 2?

  25.   Jairo mejia said

    Compa served me perfectly and I have finished leaving my Linux Mint 14 and it is very fluid and excellent luxury so far I like it more than Ubuntu 12.04, I need to see how VLC works in this OS. But if you do this, I will recognize it, I assure you 🙂

  26.   daniel said

    Many thanks to all those who bring us closer to Linux

  27.   Ainus Solheim said

    There is a typo in the command to install the language pack. There is a missing n in

    laguage-pack-gnome-es, it would be language-pack-gnome-es

  28.   Nattu said

    Great your contribution !! it served me a lot! (AND)

  29.   Pablo said


    I am having trouble downloading updates.

    The message is as follows

    E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones have been used instead

    But it doesn't actually install any updates.

  30.   Danniel navas said

    if it exists to install additional drivers they go to software sources and in the last tab they appear

  31.   Ace of spades said

    In Mint 14, in Preferences there is no section that says "Additional drivers". In addition to that, as in Ubuntu 12.10, you have to be careful with the AMD Radeon HD of the 2xxx-4xxx series, for the Xorg issue: http://infografia-libre.blogspot.com.es/2012/12/como-instalar-el-driver-privativo-amd.html

  32.   JP said

    All good with the recommended programs. The only problem I have is that for some reason UbuntuOne won't open. I've already tried a thousand ways and it just won't open. If I run it from the terminal, it opens but it shows me "IPC Error" (image attached).
    Any idea how to fix it? I already tried installing from repositories and also from ppa but nothing. I'm about to collapse hahaha… 🙁 any suggestions?

  33.   Marcelo Andres González Díaz said

    I'm with Mate, not with Cinnamon, but look at the "Administrator" menu, the icon is like an audio or sound card!

  34.   Marcelo Andres González Díaz said

    You have that problem with your repositories, some error in them, but not on the server where the files are, I did it and it worked! Remember that if you start to install a program but for some reason you do not finish doing it, you will have an error in the repositories!

  35.   Anatonia said

    I have an error when I want to install the fonts by terminal, when it asks me if I want to do it or not, it says Aborted!
    Any suggestions to solve it, thank you very much I will appreciate it very much
    (Linux Mint Hyper Fan) hehe

  36.   Marcelo Andres González Díaz said

    That happens when you choose not to! Check that it is selected well where it says yes!

  37.   Marcelo Andres González Díaz said

    make sure you have copied the entire command well! It happened to me and it worked for me!

  38.   Nillo said

    I can't find "Additional Drivers" in Cinnamon, does anyone know where they are?

  39.   Wild flower said

    Even adding the "n" that was missing in the command to run the language pack, I couldn't do it .. I got this Impossible to get http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/t/thunderbird/thunderbird-locale-es-es_17.0+build2-0ubuntu0.12.10.1_all.deb 404 Not Found [IP: 80]
    E: Could not get some files, maybe I should run "apt-get update" or try again with –fix-missing?

  40.   rhony said

    hi, i'm new to this i use linux mint 15, i have the following problem, i try to update by terminal or download but it throws this error:
    Reading package list ... Error!
    W: GPG error: http://archive.canonical.com raring Release: The following firms were invalid: BADSIG 40976EAF437D05B5 Ubuntu Archive Automatic Signing Key
    W: GPG error: http://archive.ubuntu.com raring Release: The following firms were invalid: BADSIG 40976EAF437D05B5 Ubuntu Archive Automatic Signing Key
    E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
    E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_raring_restricted_i18n_Translation-en
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
    I would appreciate your help

  41.   mapg22 said

    Thank you… ..very good contribution.

    1.    let's use linux said

      You're welcome! Hug!

  42.   perez said

    I can't download anything

  43.   black shores said

    All very well, but my main problem is that I have installed on my hard drive
    linux mint 14 and I have not been able to connect to the internet. Could you help me, I will thank you, otherwise I would have to start over, looking for something different. thanks.

  44.   charles menchero said

    Since I was able to install linux mint 14 nadia, I have not been able to access the internet, I have searched
    different places of orientation and I have not had good luck. My problem was born (I think)
    when I started to download the package, because in one of the windows that appeared, one of them
    I marked that it was on the internet, but that it did not matter, to continue, I did so and in the end
    I have not been able to enter the internet, nor have I had help from anyone and when something appears it is to confuse me more than I am. PLEASE I AM WRITING THIS FROM ANOTHER COMPUTER I ASK FOR HELP TO START WORKING ON MY NEW SYSTEM

    1.    x11tete11x said

      man this is an article from 2 years ago xD, like anything you always have the forum at your disposal http://foro.desdelinux.net/

    2.    Manuel de la Fuente said

      Linux Mint 14 no longer works, support ended in May. You have to get 17.

  45.   charles menchero said

    Leave a note about the problem I have. All good except I don't have internet
    But the problem comes from you or my inexperience, whatever I wish with all my heart that you would help me because despite this problem I like Linux Mint 14 Nadia I think that we are going to get along when I am on the internet, so far I have sound, photos, videos and I can write in it, I only need the INTERNET. Thank you Charles 08/14/14

  46.   menchero shawls said

    Well they sent me to download or download Linux Mint 17. Very good, how do I download it? If I have the 14th position on my disk and if I download it, I will have support and I will have internet, but I need help, not comments.
    understand that I have spent quite some time struggling to get an operating system to my liking
    and I think that with a little cooperation from you I can have what I want. thanks, waiting for response Charles 08/14/14

    1.    CHARLES MENCHERO said

      I don't know if the answer from mr «sources« is correct, but I don't think it is to my complete satisfaction
      the fact that he told me that linux mint is useless and he has not tried to help me, because far from this and in a surprisingly cold tone, he did not stop to explain anything, only that he went to linux 17. I think this
      person would have problems and did not know how to give value to a "client friend" who asked for help.

  47.   Javier said

    Does anyone know how I can install the driver for Mint of the Dell 1133 printer?

  48.   JUANMA MERIDA said

    I see the videos as delayed, my laptop is a bit old, what can I do ???? thanks greetings

    1.    let's use linux said

      I do not understand. What exactly happens when you try to play a video?
      Did you try using VLC or Mplayer?
      Cheers! Paul.

    2.    gabux22 said

      Is it of few resources ??? Give us a performance of your team ... 🙂

  49.   Javier said

    Does anyone know how I can install the driver for Mint of the Dell 1133 printer?
    Continuous no response from a charitable soul that can help you

  50.   Javier said

    I want to install my Dell 1133 laser multifunction printer on my Linux Mint ...
    help, help ... please

    1.    let's use linux said

      Hi Javier!

      We recommend that you ask this question in our question and answer service called Ask FromLinux so that the whole community can help you with your problem.

      A hug, Pablo.