Sunday, March 4, 2012

Installing Linux Mint 12

I've been running Linux Mint 12 for the past three months (since December). I wasn't really happy with Unity, and Mint was getting nice reviews so... I decided to jump in and tried it myself.

Being based on Ubuntu, it was nice to see that it felt faster in my machine than Ubuntu 11.10.

I went with the gnome 3 route, but since then I change to openbox. Yes, openbox.

I'm leaving the openbox part to another post, so here's the Mint installation part.


  • Backup your data!
  • Download Linux Mint. In my case was the 64bit DVD version (linuxmint-12-gnome-dvd-64bit.iso).
  • Check the hash of the downloaded file (see the download site for the correct hash):
$ 548f0ac303fea840ef138e5669880a74  linuxmint-12-gnome-dvd-64bit.iso
  • Create a CD or a bootable USB stick. I used the "Startup Disk Creator" in Ubuntu. Other alternatives here.
  • Reboot into your CD or bootable USB stick.
  • Install!
Installing Mint is as straightforward as Ubuntu, so there's nothing much to say.

I had trouble running the live environment. It kept giving me an error:
vesamenu.c32: not a COM32R image
I just typed live in the prompt and that was it. See here for more information.

If you have your /home partition separated from your / partition, be sure to select the mount point, but leave the format option unchecked.

I kept my home partition and being based on Ubuntu, all my settings worked fine in Mint.

Post install - Google Chrome

I installed Google Chrome beta.
$ sudo dpkg -i Downloads/google-chrome-beta_current_amd64.deb
  • Had the following error
google-chrome-beta depends on libnss3-1d (>= 3.12.3); however:
Package libnss3-1d is not installed.
google-chrome-beta depends on libcurl3; however:
Package libcurl3 is not installed.
  • Fixing the problem and finishing the installation
$ sudo apt-get -f install
Post install - extra software
  • NVIDIA Drivers (Settings > Additional Drivers)
  • SSH and FTP
$ sudo apt-get install sshfs openssh-server gftp
  • Multimedia (codecs, banshee, vlc and gaupol)
$ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
$ sudo apt-get install ffmpeg
$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:banshee-team/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install banshee
$ sudo apt-get install banshee-extension-lyrics
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/vlc
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-pulse vlc-plugin-notify
$ sudo apt-get install gaupol
  • Java
$ sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre
  • Printing (I have a HP Photosmart B110)
$ sudo apt-get install hplip-gui
  • gperted with ntfs support
$ sudo apt-get install gparted
$ sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g
  • Dropbox, with fix for gnome 3
$ dropbox stop
$ rm -r ~/.dropbox-dist$ sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox
$ dropbox start -i
$ sudo ln /usr/lib/nautilus/extensions-2.0/*dropbox*/usr/lib/nautilus/extensions-3.0/$ killall nautilus
  • Compiz
$ sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
$ sudo apt-get install gcstar
  • Portuguese aspell
$ sudo apt-get install aspell-pt-pt
  • RAR support
$ sudo apt-get install rar unrar
  • Ubuntu Software Center
$ sudo apt-get install software-center
  • XChat
$ sudo apt-get install xchat xchat-indicator
  • Window buttons Ubuntu-like
$ sudo apt-get install gconf-editor
$ gconftool-2 -s -t string /desktop/gnome/shell/windows/button_layout "close,maximize,minimize:"

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