10 Things To Do After Installing Linux Mint 17 Qiana

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Linux Mint 17 Qiana has been released yesterday. Based on Ubuntu 14.04, Linux Mint comes with two official flavors, Linux Mint Cinnamon and Linux Mint Mate. This list of things to do after installing Linux Mint 17 is written while using Linux Mint 17 but it should be equally applicable to the Mate flavor as well.

By the way if you are struggling with dual booting Linux Mint 17 with Windows, read:

Things to do after installing Linux Mint 17 Qiana:

Let’s take a quick look at what are the first few things that you must do for a smooth Linux Mint experience.

Update Linux Mint 17

First thing to do after installing any OS is to update it. This is because there must have been several updates release since the OS image was released. To update the Linux Mint system, open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and use the following command:

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

Always select and trust security updates {Optional}

Talking about updates, there are several levels of updates in Linux Mint, labeled from 1-5. Usually you’ll only see updates from level 1-3 (which are considered to be safe by Linux Mint community), but you can make an exception for level 4 and 5 security updates. Ubuntu have them by default, you can have it as well. It’s up to you to choose between security and stability.

Open Update Manager. Go to Edit->Preferences and check Always select and trust security updates box.

Install additional drivers in Linux Mint 16

While Linux Mint packs all the necessary things to run it out of the box, it does not mean you may not have troubles. Linux desktops are known for having hardware drivers issue. Third party proprietary drivers are not installed by default. It is advisable to look if there are any proprietary drivers available for your system. This usually avoids troubles with wireless and graphics related common issues.

Go to System Settings ->Administration ->Device Drivers. If there are any additional drivers available for your system, it should be listed here.

Install Additional drivers after installing Linux Mint 16

Improve battery life and reduce overheating

Overheating and reduced battery life is common issue in laptop these days. TLP, a power management tool for Linux, can help you in this regard. Install TLP using the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tlp tlp-rdw
sudo tlp start

No configuration required for using TLP. Install it and forget about it. Alternatively and additionally, you can use CPUFREQ. Read this article how to use CPUFREQ to reduce overheating in Ubuntu.

Install RAR

To avoid errors like “There is no command installed for RAR archive files“ install RAR in the following manner:

sudo apt-get install rar

Install Spotify

Music fan? Install Spotify desktop Linux app (still in beta but works fine) and enjoy the music in native environment. Open a terminal and use the following commands:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list'

This will add the above repository in software sources list. Now add the GPG key:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 94558F59

Next is simple. Update and install Spotify client.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install spotify-client

Fix brightness issue [for Intel graphics]

Your screen is either too bright or too dull? And if you try to change the brightness using the function key on keyboard, it does not work. Don’t worry there is nothing wrong with your keyboard and you are the only one having this issue. It is a known bug and there is a good way to fix it for people who have Intel graphic card.

You can follow this tutorial to fix brightness control issue in Linux Mint 17.

Install cloud storage service

Since Ubuntu One is shutting down, it leaves us with Dropbox as the leader of cloud services with native Linux client. You can install Dropbox either from its website or Software Manager. Though I did not, but if you find that Dropbox indicator is missing, try this post to fix missing Dropbox indicator.

Change Firefox search to Google

Did you notice that the default search engine in Firefox is Yahoo. And this is not it. You can change it to various search engine in the settings except Google. By default Google is not even available as an option here. If you prefer Google for search and Firefox as your main web browser, you can add Google to Firefox as an addon.

While using Firefox, go to this link. On this page, click on Add to Firefox. It will also ask if you want Google to be the default search engine. You know what you have to do :)

Add Google to Linux Mint Firefox

Install themes, extensions, desklets and applet indicators

Linux Mint is better than Ubuntu in this regard. In the System Settings of Linux Mint, you can browse a list of available themes, extensions, desklets (desktop widgets) and applet indicators, that too in segregated sections. You should click on Get more online to refresh the cache and get more such goodies to browse from.

Installing applets in one of the first few things to do after installing Linux Mint 16

What else?

Another web browser is a must. You can install Google Chrome by downloading the installer from its website. Apart from that, based on your need you can find plenty of applications under various categories in Software Manager. If you are in to movies and TV series and have no legal and moral restrictions on piracy, you can install Popcorn Time torrent streaming app.

There are plenty of other things to do which varies from person to person. What else do you do or plan to do after installing Linux Mint 17? Do share your it with us.

  • The Abstract One

    Keep it up (Y).

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Sure thing :)

  • Lucian Blaga


    Pick manual installation and create a 10GB partition for root / another partition of variable size for a home and a partition double the size of ram for swap.

    Unthick Show at Startup Welcome Screen.

    After installation do an update.


    Chrome and sign in to sync (Configure and add extensions SearchBar,Smooth Scroll,Ghostery,Open With,Proxy Mate,Chrome Elementary OS theme).

    qBittorrent ,configure and download a torrent file and magnet link from Firefox and Chrome

    Skype and login

    Gwenview and configure

    Team Viewer and login

    Kingsoft Office


    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:venerix/pkg

    sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get install tv-maxe

    Smplayer and configure settings

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer

    sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get install smplayer smtube smplayer-themes smplayer-skins

    Grub Customizer and edit boot entries

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer

    sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get install grub-customizer

    Variety Wallpaper Changer and configure wallpapers location and change time interval and 30s delay at startup

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peterlevi/ppa

    sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get install variety


    sudo apt-get install numlockx

    PPA Purge

    sudo apt-get install ppa-purge


    Thunderbird Mail






    Image Viewer


    Disks and set Mount options to partitions and removable disks

    Firefox blank new start page,use auto-scrolling,delete default bookmarks,hide bookmarks bar,and add AdblockPlus,Open With, add google as search engine(or use DuckDuckGO search engine and sign in to sync).

    Banshee appearance,extensions,hide show browser,show cover art, and set music folder

    Gedit text editor enable automatic indentation

    Mint Menu favorites by removing Files,Terminal and add System Monitor,Team Viewer

    Gimp to Windows menu than select Single-Window Mode

    Taskbar and add to panel Gwenview,SMPlayer,Chrome,remove Show desktop applet,Userapplet,Windows List applet

    Settings/Preferred Applications and select SMPlayer for music and video,Gwenview for photos,Chrome for internet

    Settings/Desktop and set only Trash icon on desktop

    Settings/Hot Corners an set upper left corner to show all windows and lower right corner to show desktop

    Settings/Screen locker and uncheck Lock the computer when the screen turns off

    Settings/account details and change user picture

    Settings/Windows and set Alt-Tab Switcher style to Icons and windows preview

    Settings/Language Settings , choose language and click Apply System-Wide

    Settings/Startup Programs and uncheck mintWelcome,mintUpload Manager

    Settings/Power Management and set Turn off the screen when inactive to never and Start the screensaver when inactive to never

    Settings/Sound and disable Linux Mint Sound Effects

    Settings/Login Screen and set numlock at login and autologin

    Search Passwords and Encryption Keys and go to login tab Right Click and then Change Password. Enter your old password,and leave blank the new password fields.This is how to get rid of the login keyring password promt when you have automatic login

    Just some things and settings i do in Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Nice suggestions.. Thanks for taking time to write in detail.

  • noviar bagus

    can u tell me, where i can find System Settings of Linux Mint?

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      If you go to menu (by pressing Windows key), you can find it there. In the menu, search box type for “system settings”. It will give you the desired result.

  • Jeňa Kočí

    Hi, nice post, one question though:
    How to make TLP autostart after login? I think it doesn’t autostart because it needs sudo to run..?

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      It autostarts at each boot. I included the last command just so that one doesn’t need to restart the system. Sudo in that command is nonobligatory. It should work without it as well (unverified).

      • Jeňa Kočí

        Sorry, you are right. I just did sudo tlp-stat and it says it’s enabled. Thanks :)

        • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

          Welcome :)

  • Anonymous

    I would never suggest installing Mint on a production machine. Even when you select level 4 and 5 updates in Mint 16 en 17 you won’t get any kernels updates because Mint is blocking them with a special package named linux-kernel-generic.

    • akya

      Yes you do get kernel upgrades.. I am on LM 17 and upgraded my kernel a few days ago..

    • neowiz73

      make sure you have enough space for kernel updates/upgrades. if you have a special /boot partition that can cause such errors as you described. other than that, make sure it’s a clean install.

  • Simon

    Hi, the sources you find on the internet suggest, that you need to uninstall other energy tools, before installing TLP. Is there anything you need to remove on a fresh mint?

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      You are talking about Laptop Mode Tool perhaps :)
      In fact TLP and Laptop Mode tool does conflict with each other. Usually, TLP is more popular… but yes.. I should update it with the warning 😉

      • Simon

        Wasnt talking about something specific. Just wanted to know if that is the case?

      • Matt Ndk

        Laptop mode doesn’t say anything to me but the tool CPUFREQ can be installed alongside TLP although it makes no sense to me. I suggest using the CPUFREQ addon because you have more control on how the processor is used. By TLP all things are hidden and automated.

        with CQUFREQ you’ll get a nice desklet in the toolbar to set frequency or behavior of your cpus. I’ve already tried it with Cinnamon and MATE and both are working fine.

  • Sully

    On Linux Mint 16 I could invert my screen for reading at night. I forgot how I did this and can not seem to find it! How can I do this on Mint 17 Mate?

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Can you try this: xrandr –output LVDS1 –rotate inverted?

  • Bob Bobson

    I tried adding spotify and when I try to update it says:
    E: Malformed line 1 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list (dist parse)
    E: The list of sources could not be read.

    My sources list contains:
    #deb cdrom:[Linux Mint 17 _Qiana_ – Release amd64 20140624]/ trusty contrib main non-free

    Do you know how to fix this issue or undo the spotify change because I can’t update anything now.

    • Lazzard

      You Can Undo The Spotify Install By Going To:
      Right Click spotify.list Then Choose Root Actions > Delete

      Works For Me

  • lee1762

    I have been having a shutdown issue in Mint 17 KDE. It seems after I have it running for a few days it will not shutdown, reboot, etc… I see that there have been issues in some of the desktop environments with mint. Updates and everything are running like they should. Oh I may mention that this seems to happen after I start to customize KDE. Any fixes known.

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Reset KDE settings to default:

      mv ~/.kde4 ~/.kde4.old

      Logout and login back.

  • Snooping Cheese

    I installed LinuxMint 17, i can only boot in recovery mode or else i get a black screen, in recovery mode my driver manager is a blank window with no options. I tried manually installing nvidia drivers, but only get “file not found”.

    According to a website, this was supposed to be the most “noob-friendly” version, so i guess this is not for me :)

  • kelpbed

    Hi, I’m a newbie so I may have screwed some steps up with the spotify install and it seems to be affecting my synaptic update manager. (it gives me the same error message as I got in terminal with the spotify problem)
    I get:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-key adv –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com –recv-keys
    Executing: gpg –ignore-time-conflict –no-options –no-default-keyring –homedir /tmp/tmp.OxLvqTyVfo –no-auto-check-trustdb –trust-model always –keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg –primary-keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com –recv-keys
    94558F59: command not found
    E: Malformed line 1 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list (dist parse)

  • Matt Ndk

    Installing through USBFlashdrive, choosing more packetsources, doing the updates. the I install the standartbrowser google chrome to sync with my account. then I install the pipelight-plugin to watch Watchever or Maxdome streaming software. After that I choose my standart driver for my NVIDIA grafics card and I’ve to fix the problem with the fn-keys for brightness after that doing the following:

    in command line, type in:

    sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    You will have to enter your root password.

    Now, you should see:

    Section “Device”
    Identifier “Device0”
    Driver “nvidia”
    VendorName “NVIDIA Corporation”

    If you see nothing, just enter all the lines above and follow up with the next step below

    Under the VendorName Line, add the following:

    Option “RegistryDwords” “EnableBrightnessControl=1”

    Now, save and reboot. Check your brightness controls, and hopefully this fixed things.

    I’ve tried so many solutions out of the net and nothing had helped me until I came to this solution. But be aware that these steps only working for NVIDIA Grafics and you must have chosen the NVIDIA Driver in your system in “Administration -> Driver Manager”

    after this I usually install Playonlinux, steam, wine, rar and dropbox. I guess that were the most important steps to me. Ah… one thing I’ve forgotten…. I usually install MATE alongside Cinnamon to switch.

  • steven

    how about if you honestly an absolute noob and you just dont want to sign in with a password every time you usepractically anything on the computer or dont touch it for five or ten minutes. Please use Im an idiot and used windows for years lanuage for us noobs..I want to turn OFF any log in screens and administrator crap . all of it. what are my options ?

    • James Van Damme

      Open system Settings. Go to Administration–> Login window and enable auto login. Then Preferences–> Screen Locker and uncheck the lock screen.

  • James Van Damme

    I like DuckDuckGo as my search engine.

  • http://cloudcityconsultantsinc.com Cloud City Consultants Inc.

    when i start my computer there is the 2 users I created but also one called Login that needs no password. I do not have a guest account and I do not see it under users. Anyone know how to fix this?

  • http://www.jeffolson.ca Jeff Olson

    help! I did the line:

    sudo apt-key adv –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com –recv-keys 94558F59

    and after that I get the errors:
    E: Malformed line 1 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list (dist parse)
    E: The list of sources could not be read.

    how do I fix this? thanks!!

    • http://www.jeffolson.ca Jeff Olson

      ok – I saw others were having the same prob; I figured out how to delete (using rm) spotify.list and I’m back to normal! Phew!!

      Terminal can be a bit freaky if you don’t understand code going in, or how to “undo” the last command!

  • Pete Masters

    Great advice, but when I enter the last command for TLP installation, I get:

    E: Unable to locate package tlp
    E: Unable to locate package tlp-rdw

    Any thoughts?

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      There could be two reasons. Either you are using a OS version for which TLP PPA doesn’t work or you have a proxy configured on your network.