Clarified these points, we proceed to list some things that can make life easier after installing the new version of Mint:
1. Run the Update Manager
Install Latest updates in your system, there may have come new updates since you have downloaded the iso. So you can check for updates from the update manager (Menu > Administration > Update Manager) or Enter following command:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
2. Install the graphics card drivers
If you have proprietary cards you can install drivers from repositories. Go to Menu-Preferences > Additional Drivers install driver you want to install in Mint, Also you can update and change (if you wish) the driver of the graphics card you have.
3. Customizing the Appearance
There are many ways to do this, and all are free! In http://gnome-look.org/ we have a large database of wallpapers, themes, tools and other items that will help us "lookear" our desktop. We can also make use of well-known 3 tools:
1. Docky , a shortcut bar for our desktop and applications. Official Website:http://wiki.go-docky.com/index.php?title=Welcome_to_the_Docky_wiki . Installation: In a terminal type:
sudo apt-get install docky
2. AWN , another navigation bar, almost docky competitor! Official Website:http://wiki.awn-project.org/ Installation: from the Program Manager.
3. Conky , a system monitor that displays information from various components such as RAM, CPU usage, time of system, etc.. The great advantage is that there are many "skins" for this application. Official Website: http://conky.sourceforge.net/Installation:
sudo apt-get install conky
4. Restrictive install fonts
If required we install type the following commands in a terminal:
Accept the license terms and conditions with TAB and ENTER.
sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer
5. Install programs to play
Besides the great library of games that have repositories, http://www.playdeb.net/welcome/ also have another page that specializes in collecting games for Linux systems. Deb packages. If you also want to enjoy our games in Windows, do not despair, because we have some alternatives:
1. Wine (http://www.winehq.org/) provides the compatibility layer to run not only games but also all software compiled for Windows
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install wine1.5 winetricks
2. PlayOnLinux (http://www.playonlinux.com/en/) another resource that provides a library able to install and use software designed for Windows
3. Lutris (http://lutris.net/) a gaming platform developed for GNU / Linux, a great resource despite being in development stages.
6. Install audio plugins
Some, like GStreamer or Timidity will help us expand our list of supported formats, both are in the Program Manager or can be installed using the command sudo apt-get install. We mention pulseaudio-equalizer software, capable of giving us a configuration of Pulse Audio and improving sound quality, we use 3 commands to install:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8 sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install pulseaudio-equalizer