What to do after installing Linux Mint 17 Qiana

Linux Mint 17 was recently released with great success. This is the latest version with long-term support (LTS) that brings various improvements and new features to make our desktop experience more pleasant, which explains why more and more users of this distribution know how to get rid of Ubuntu and take a different path. update our post-installation guide to help users new to Linux.

Some considerations to take into account before starting the guide:

  • 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 of Linux Mint.

Linux Mint 17

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 proprietary drivers (video card, wireless, etc.)

In the Preferences Menu> Additional Drivers we can update and change (if we wish) the proprietary driver of the graphics card or other device that is causing problems.

proprietary driver linux mint

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. wine tricks (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 in their respective official pages, the Linux Mint Programs manager or the terminal. Likewise, we highly recommend reading this mini-tutor which explains how to install and configure each of them.

Steam for Linux (http://store.steampowered.com/search/?os=linux)

For some time now, the Steam gaming platform can be used natively. This means that there are a growing number of games available on Steam that are natively developed to run on Linux.

To install Steam, just download the .deb file from the Steam page.

Then they will use the following command:

sudo dpkg -i steam_latest.deb

Possibly some dependency errors. If so, just enter the following command to repair them:

sudo apt-get install -f

Then when you open Steam, it will update. Here You will find a complete list of Linux games available on Steam.

Steam on Linux Mint

7. Install audio plugins and an equalizer

Some of them, like Gstreamer or Timidity, will help us to expand our catalog of supported formats; both are found in the Programs manager or can be installed using the command sudo apt-get install. It is also recommended to install pulseaudio-equalizer, capable of providing advanced Pulse Audio configuration and improving 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 Dropbox

In the age of the "cloud", you probably have a Dropbox account. You can install Dropbox from the Program Manager. Alternatively, you can install it using the following command: sudo apt-get install dropbox.

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 the 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
  • Mcomix: 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.

10. Read the official documentation

La Official User Guide Linux Mint is not only translated into Spanish but is a highly recommended reference for the installation and daily use of the system.

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.   juansanti said

    Hello, I read in some posts that mint 17 comes with mate 18 therefore the auto-adjustment of windows (that makes when moving them they change their size and position automatically, because I tried this with other distros and desktops eg: manjaro with lxde, I don't like this at all, does anyone know how to deactivate it? I'll try mint 17 mate right now on a laptop and if you save me the time to find out great, if not, I'll tell you how I did it 🙂

  2.   cuervo291286 said

    I also see a guide similar to this one on my blog, after I install the linux mint 17, only that I am missing some details that come here ... greetings

    1.    Marcos_tux said

      «I did» 🙂

  3.   AqaIb8 said

    Good guide for newbies, thanks Pablo.

    I correct an error:
    «Possibly some dependency errors. If so, just enter the following command to ignore them:

    sudo apt-get install -f »

    Rather, dependency errors are not ignored with this command, they are repaired 🙂

    a hug!

    1.    let's use linux said

      You are right! Corrected. Thank you!

  4.   cuervo291286 said

    hello again you could also add some music player options, apart from the ones that come by default,
    Like clementine:
    sudo apt-get install clementine
    also the amarok:
    sudo apt-get install amarok

    Well that's everyone's taste but they are very good players ... greetings

  5.   Ocellan said

    Hello, a query, how can I deactivate the music preview? Let me explain: Every time I hover over an mp3 file, it plays.
    I find it annoying and so far I haven't found a way to disable it, otherwise I quite enjoy Linux Mint. If anyone can help I would appreciate it.

    1.    Joaquin said

      Hello how are you.
      I suppose you have the Gnome desktop, I haven't used it for a long time, but maybe this will help you: http://www.ubuntu-es.org/node/12916#.U5ECo67gIbI

    2.    rawBasic said

      For these types of questions .. .. go to the forum .. where we can help you more easily .. .. greetings ..

  6.   Rafael Huete said

    Hello everyone. I've been using Mint for years, I've tried other distributions, and I always go back to Linux Mint in the end.
    I have a question, and I would like to know if any of you can help me. The topic is the following; Level 5 packages appear in red for days in the update manager, they refer to the kernel. linux-header 3.13.0-24 / linux-image-extra3.13.0.24 generic…. etc most like that. My question is, if I should update them, or leave them for being level 5.
    Thank you so much everyone. I love this blog.

  7.   otakulogan said

    Comix has long been discontinued (2009), I would recommend their MComix fork: http://sourceforge.net/p/mcomix/wiki/Home/ , also in the Mint repositories: http://community.linuxmint.com/software/view/mcomix .

    1.    let's use linux said

      OKAY. Thanks for the data! Updated! 🙂

  8.   napsix said

    "EQUALIZER" I use Audacious, it already comes with its equalizer and it works very well, I don't need to install the pulseaudio-equalizer 🙂

  9.   gabo said

    What continues to generate suspicion on the MATE desktop is its high level of cpu consumption. For example, with htop from the console it always shows me almost the 2 cores consuming between 70% and more than 90% of cpu. It's strange. It is still the most beautiful and simple desktop, to my liking of course, and very very agile.

  10.   Bones said

    When are you going to fix that menu so that it will be faster? I know it is not to pull your hair but they are details

    1.    Walter said

      Use the bleach bit ... or something like that ... and see how some things work faster. open the menu in a second, after cleaning.

  11.   Germaine said

    I just installed Mint OS X which is based on Mint 17 Cinnamon and it is very complete, I am going to see what I am missing and I will follow the form indicated in the tutorial.
    Thank you so much for sharing it.

  12.   Ivan said

    Thank you, you have been very useful to me, I am getting to know this system that I only knew from hearsay and it is really comfortable.
    One extra thing, would you know how to activate the Lock-num key from the beginning?
    Thanks for your work and time. a greeting

  13.   Alfonso Tejelo said

    Hi: I just migrated from Ubuntu 12.04 to Mint 17, Mate. The thing is, I can't find how to change the time format, from 24 to "am-pm." Could you enlighten me?

  14.   Luis: D said

    mmmm I wanted to know if he would give me on this pc
    AMD Radeon hd 7520g discrete-class
    6gb ram ddr3
    3090mb graphics card
    I wanted to know if I can install the ubuntu deb packages and the ubuntu version link
    and I wanted to know if there is the driver for my video card

    1.    let's use linux said

      Haha! You have plenty, champion ... you have plenty.
      With that machine, LM flies!
      Hug! Paul.

  15.   hugo77 said

    Excellent! the linuxmint guys are doing things very well, the guide is as it should be: simple, the rest is done from the software manager, I installed LM17 Mate about 2 weeks ago, before I used kubuntu, but I couldn't get used to it at all. Mate is without a doubt the best desktop there is, it is perfect depending on the equipment. Mint was always my preferred distro and my first 24 monitor I bought for mint. Very good!

  16.   S3TC said

    Is there any other distro that comes with the codecs included?

  17.   zorro said

    Hello, it is the third time that I try with a linux, this time I tried the mint 17 and it was the first that I found friendly, I followed the guide and everything was fine, some difference with the windows but well, what surprised me the most was that after I had been testing seven and 10 for almost 8 days, there was no way I could run three monitors together with a single video card since the card has three outputs, hdmi / dvi / vga, apart from not only having problems with it. video if not also with hdmi audio, in short, the most surprising thing was that I installed the mint and I only went to the screens, I enabled the third screen, I did the same with the audio and everything is going, there are very few tutorials that talk about these issues, The truth is I am very satisfied with this linux and to be one more, to be the first time and not know anything I understood everything, very good post, and sorry if I was very extensive, greetings

  18.   gabry_herrera said

    Hi all!
    I just installed linux mint, saying this is my first time immersing myself in the linux world.
    It's been two days and I still haven't been able to install the drivers for my ralink usb wifi card.
    Any ideas?? but please bear in mind that I lack the knowledge that exists in these parts.
    When I open the driver manager and after entering my password, there is nothing more, a gray screen that I can minimize or close but nothing else.
    I would appreciate your help very much, since after this odyssey I am rethinking whether it has been a good idea to enter this world.
    A greeting!!

  19.   oscar said

    hi, i have problems with linux mint 15 olivia, when i start the update manager it gives me an error which is this:

    W: Failed to fetch http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/raring-updates/restricted/binary-i386/Packages 404 Not Found [IP: 80] W: Failed to fetch http: // archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/raring-updates/universe/binary-i386/Packages 404 Not Found [IP: 80] W: Failed to fetch http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists / raring-updates / multiverse / binary-i386 / Packages 404 Not Found [IP: 80] E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

    Thank you very much in advance (as you will see, I am quite a newbie ha)

    1.    Seba said

      Apparently what is happening is that when trying to update it cannot find the address, so it cannot update the packages that are in that IP. Try another day or check with another address for those packages. Cheers

  20.   Seba said

    I want to try Mint and Cinnamon, but I have doubts about which version (32/64) I have a Samsung R480 notebook with an I3 - 3gb of Ram, I want to use it to program. Hopefully give me some guidelines, greetings.

  21.   David Bishop said

    Hello, very good and detailed information, for those of us who start in the Linux environment, and try to leave the Windows platform.
    Is appreciated.

  22.   RODRIGO GARCIA said


  23.   JOSEPH said

    Thanks for the tutorial. I am trying to do what you explain here with Linux Mint 17 Qiana, but it continually asks me for a password, for example to update, but I don't know the password, I have tried with the user's password but it is not, which is the only one I have put When configuring, do you have a default administrator password? If so, how is it changed?

    1.    JOSEPH said

      sorry, it was my mistake. I misspelled the password, it is the one I set when configuring with the username.

  24.   Joaquin Berrios said

    I could not connect the local canon i320 printer, how do I do?

    1.    let's use linux said

      The ideal place to ask these types of questions and get the whole community to help you is here: http://ask.desdelinux.net
      A hug, Pablo.

  25.   Ruben said

    Hi, Pablo!
    Subject: Firefox stayed in English ...
    It has happened to me on other occasions (the last one just with Mint 17 Qiana KDE). If it doesn't escape me, it doesn't figure how to do it in "What to do next ...". I solved it by installing the .xpi plugin from the official page. In my case

    How to do it explains it clearly and in detail in:

    Excelent as always.
    Regards. Ruben

  26.   Charles Roberts said

    Can't install AWN on linux mint 17 quiana ????????????????

  27.   Carlos said

    I have been a Linux mint user for several years ... but with 17 I am experiencing problems with chrome that I did not have with the previous versions and I also notice it a bit slow ... I think the same thing happened to someone else ..

  28.   Kevin said

    I can't find the Sis 3 Mirage video drivers on windows I got them, but now that I install linux mint I don't find them and I don't know where I could get them ...
    If someone has them, or knows another way to install the drivers, because it is only the video that I do not install. The Wifi, the audio are perfect for me ...

  29.   Percy said

    How to operate EPSON XP-201 printer connected to notebook with LINUX MINT 17 QIANA operating system?

  30.   Percy said

    How to run Epson XP-201 printer connected to my notebook with LINUX MINT 17 QIDA operating system?

    1.    let's use linux said

      Hi percy!

      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.

  31.   Virginia said

    Hi, my name is Virginia and I am new to Linux mint. I wanted to make a query about the audio files that I have downloaded from the kickass page through deluge, I have a problem I cannot listen to them on my cell phone because the audio format is not compatible, I have tried to change it by renaming it for example it was in. mp3 and I was able to .mpeg but did not get good results. If you can advise me, it would be of great help!

    1.    elav said


      First of all we will see if we clarify ourselves. You start talking about Linux Mint and then move on to Cellular. Do you have the problem in Mint or in Cellular? By the way, mpeg is not audio format, but video + audio. Audio formats are .mp3, .ogg, .aac, etc.

      I recommend that you go to our Forum or ASK to solve your question. Cheers

  32.   noe said

    Hello, I bought a computer that brings linux mint quiana and when I want to access a folder as a controller manager it asks me for a password I don't know what password it is. I think it already brings it from fafrica I don't know if someone can help me with that, thanks.

    1.    let's use linux said

      Hello noe! You should ask this question in our Ask FromLinux service: ask.fromlinux.net.

  33.   Luis Alfredo MOYA said

    Hello, I have Linux Mate 13 installed, and I have been wanting to update it to 17 for a long time and I CAN'T, excuse my ignorance, what should I do and how, thank you in advance if you could help me. LUIS - THE PEELED.-

  34.   Javier Arias said

    I would like to know if pic can be programmed with linux mint Qiana and what programs should I use for that purpose.

    Thank you

    1.    let's use linux said

      Hi Javier!

      I think it would be better if 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.

  35.   Fernando said

    Hi, definitely a good post for newbies. I am new to the Linux world, a week ago I installed version 17.1 (Rebbeca) which I share with Win7 on my computer and I increasingly like to explore my version of Mint, I have already customized it in part but I would like if there is any way to customize the menu, change its color, transparency, etc. The desktop environment I'm using is Xfce, which I think is great.


  36.   Eric Moreno said

    Hello, how are you? You don't have much to install Linux Mint Xfce "Rebecca", I installed Wine and installed a game right there (Borderlands) everything seemed to be going well until the moment of executing, I was told that "Pixel shader 3.0" was missing, could you guide me if There would be a solution, in windows if the game got up well.

  37.   Server1212 said

    Thanks for sharing a bit of what you know about this operating system, especially for those of us who are exploring this topic. Good! 🙂

  38.   Cedeño Angel said

    Hi, I'm new to the linux world, I installed linux mint 17 cinnamon but when I started it it tells me something like that the cpu works more than necessary, maybe due to a video driver error, I have a vx900 Chrome 9 hd, could you help me by indicating where I can download a driver to enjoy my distro thank you very much ...

  39.   Juvinao said

    I've been using Mint for a couple of hours and so far it's going great, I love it.

  40.   James said

    Great, thanks 😀

  41.   Berthold said

    I installed Linux Mint on PC with MSI 760GM motherboard (Ati 3000 video onboard), dual mode with a windows.
    I have applied up to Level 2 Updates.
    From the Update Manager (graphic): Is it advisable to update up to Level 3 Updates, and keep active that old packages are replaced by new ones that arrive?

    If the work is done from Terminal:
    Would the commands: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade, would they update all available Updates, up to Level 5 ones?
    How can this be dosed from Terminal, so that it only updates the Updates of a certain Level, for example up to Level 3 or 2?

  42.   Eduardo said

    Hi. I just installed Linux mint 17.1 and can't connect to WiFi, apparently the drivers are missing. Is a guide to install them possible? Thank you very much in advance.

  43.   alberto Garcia said

    hi panas I need help install mintosx linux mint and the sound does not recognize me I do not want to reformat my client does not want windows 7 only wants linux mint he liked it a lot how can I install a proprietary driver