10 Things To Do After Installing Linux Mint 16 Petra

10 things to do after installing Linux Mint 16 Petra

Linux Mint 16 Petra has been released recently. Based on Ubuntu 13.10, Linux Mint comes with Cinnamon and Mate desktop environments (separately). I was using Ubuntu 13.10 before and replaced it with Linux Mint 16 to try my hands on it. [Read: How to install Linux Mint 16 in dual boot with Windows 8].

After installing any new OS, the first thing that comes to the mind is, what next? Previously, I have written on similar topics on things to do after installing Ubuntu 13.10 and things to do after installing Elementary OS Luna. In this post we shall see what are the must to do things after installing Linux Mint 16 Petra.

Things to do after installing Linux Mint 16 Petra

I have written this article for Linux Mint with Cinnamon but it should be equally applicable for Mate version as well. Lets have a look:

Update Linux Mint 16:

First and foremost thing to do is to update the OS. Since there will be sevreal updates released since the OS image was released, it is suggestable to do so. Of course, Update Manager will pop up some time soon to remind you of available updates but why not do it right now before going to install several other things?

Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and use the following command:

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

Enable touchpad click:

First strange thing that you’ll notice (if using a laptop) is that touchpad click is not working in Cinnamon and if you want to click on something, you will have to use the touchpad button to click. This is not at all a friendly behavior as a regular user is habitual of tapping on the touchpad to click.

Cinnamon has this behavior disabled by default, for reasons beyond my comprehension. You can easily enable it by going to System Settings-> Hardware-> Mouse and Touchpad-> Toucpad tab-> Enable mouseclicks with touchpad. In case you are not sure how to follow this path, refer to this screenshot tutorial to fix touchpad click not working in Linux Mint.

Install additional drivers in Linux Mint 16:

Linux Mint is an excellent Linux distribution for beginners. It packs all the necessary things to run it out of the box. But it does not mean you may not have troubles. Linux desktops are notorious for 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 will avoid the troubles with wireless and graphics related common issues.

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Go to System Settings and under the Administration section, choose the Device Drivers option. 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:

Feeling the heat from your laptop? Overheating and reduced battery life is common ‘phenomenon’ in Linux Mint. Jupiter was the best tool to reduce overheating in Linux desktop but since its development has stopped, you can use TLP or CPUFREQ instead of Jupiter. 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. If you want to use CPUFREQ, read this article how to use CPUFREQ to reduce overheating in Ubuntu.

Change screensaver timing:

An untouched Linux Mint has power saving options enabled. Which means the screen will dim after some minutes of inactivity and eventually the screen will be locked. This is pretty annoying specially if you are watching videos and movies. You should change the screensaver configuration as per your preferences.

Go to System Settings -> Preferences -> Screensaver & Lock Settings to change it.

Screensaver option Linux Mint 16

Install weather indicator and other applets:

I really liked Linux Mint for segregating Applets from main applications. Applets sit in the Panel and gives you quick access to an application or provides stats about it. You can add, install, remove and configure applets from Applets settings.

Go to System Settings -> Preferences -> Applets to manage the applets. You will not see all the applets like weather indicator here, at first. You will have to click on Get more online tab. It will update the source cache and will provide you with other applets available from Linux Mint community. You’ll have to activate the applets after installing them.

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

When you install weather applet, you will have to configure it with weather location codes. It takes some time to give you the correct weather for your selected location.

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 VLC media player:

I must say that I cannot live without VLC media player, undoubtedly the king of all video players (if I’m not exaggerating). There are several hidden features of VLC media player which most of the users might not be aware of it. Installing VLC media player is one of the first few things that I do in any OS. Use the following command to install VLC:

sudo apt-get install vlc

Install and change themes:

Linux Mint 16 comes with a default green-ish theme which has Mint written allover it. But this is not the only theme for Linux Mint. It comes with three themes pre-installed in the system but you can get many more from Cinnamon community, in the same way as the applets.

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Go to System Settings -> Appearance -> Themes and there click on the Get more online tab. Once the cache is updated, you can select the desired themes to install in the system and can activate them accordingly.

Install Mate desktop enviornment:

Not happy with Cinnamon? If you want the Gnome Classic experience, try Mate then. While downloading you might have seen that there were two flavors available for Linux Mint: Cinnamon and Mate. No, you don’t need to re-install Linux Mint with Mate flavor. You can install Mate desktop environment in Linux Mint 16 using this command:

sudo apt-get install mate-desktop

Install cloud storage like Dropbox and Ubuntu One:

In this age of Cloud, you must be having an account with Dropbox or Ubuntu One. You can install Ubuntu One and Dropbox from Software Manager (Linux Mint’s equivalent to Ubuntu Software Center). Alternatively, you can install Dropbox using the following command:

sudo apt-get install dropbox

What else?

Apart from these there are several other things to do as well. I deliberately omitted to mention to get rid of welcome screen or installing other web browsers etc. Linux Mint comes with lots of applications by default. This is why you don’t need to install Java, Flash etc. I know it varies from people to people and this why your list of things to do after installing Linux Mint 16 might be different from mine. Do share what else do you do after installing Linux Mint.

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Thanks a lot

Steven Ransley

You need to check facts before posting things like install RAR as it's not supported. Archive Manager has supported winrar files for a very long time before LinuxMint16.
Some points are good, however some may just confuse people and to a long time user like myself. Just confuse people new to Linux. Of course Linux Mint 17 is out now and does work a lot better. Mate is really for people who are familiar with the old gnome and liked to use it. Personnaly I do not like Mate and I much prefer Cinnamon. However this is a personnal choice. New software should be installed through the software manager. The mint team spend a lot of time on this to ensure when you install things that they don't break anything. You may need to install third party hardware drivers and the driver manager can do this for you. I do recomend using the driver manager with caution. If you choose for example the wrong graphics driver you may end up with a broken install. If you don't play Steam games then you wont need to change the graphics driver. Running things in a terminal window are sometimes needed. However you really dont need to use it. Adding other software repositorys is something also to use with caution. Again you may break Mint and need to reinstall. When the software manager is used it automatically updates so no need to worry. Most programs mention above are now installed in Linux Mint 17. Goodluck with your Linux journey. Thank You Abhishek Prakash for this post but please check your facts.


Hi Steven,

Thanks for your input. I think RAR was not supported, this is why I included it in the post. I cannot conform it now. I know I should not have included VLC, which is included in Mint by default.

I have written another post for Mint 17, which (at least) I think is better than this. Please do check that :)

Does it support usb modem like ('mmx353g', 'reliance netconnet') directly through network manager or we have to download another application to use usb modem.

kali linux and fedora support usb modem directly does linuxmint support it

God, this fucking website is written by friendly indian pictures & co.

This article is fucking worthless.

all the Windows XP end of life fiasco now well behind us, Linux is the
preferred choice for individuals.organisations alike around the world."

No, it's not.

"Linux Mint has the same look and feel as XP."

Not until you spend hours being a faggot and customizing it.

"A more friendlier environment can be generated by setting Mint's Cinnamon interface to look and act a lot like XP."

you just said it has the same look and feel as XP. Now I have to
generate "a more friendlier" environment to make it "look and feel" like

"Further, the system requirements to run even the latest version Mint 16 Petra are minimalistic."

adjective: minimalistic
1. Advocating moderate political policies.
2. Of or relating to minimalism in art or music.

The word you're looking for, Saurabh Singh, is "minimal."

you're looking to get the best out of Linux Mint, the following tips
and tricks would certainly help a lot: 1. Ideally A Little Know-how Of
Linux shell Will Take You A Long Way"

Step 1. Know Linux already.

God dammit, Singh.

listen to people who tell you mastering each and every Linux shell
command is must if you have to do anything with the desktop Linux. While
the same is not a must, it's ideal you get your basics right. Being a
jack of all trade here will prove to be an added advantage and help you
bring out the best of your operating system than any GUI can ever
imagine. You can learn a lot more about the shell and its associated
programs here."

I know those are English words and they're theoretically arranged in sentences, but goddamn, Singh.

"2. Putting Favourite/Most Used Programs And Files Anwhere On The Desktop
Here's how you do it:
-Use the Mint Menu button to locate your favourite program.
-Right clicking on the program will give you three places where you can place the same: add to panel, desktop or favourites."

shortcuts work in Mint exactly like they do in Windows? If this is an
introductory article about Mint, shouldn't you be telling people how to
do things they don't already know how to do? I'm starting to think this
is not a real article and you just threw words at the screen because
your editor gave you a vague assignment about Mint and doesn't check
your work.

"3. Change The Location Of The Mint menubar
-Right click anywhere on the panel to bring up the associated menu. Click on the Panel Edit mode button.
-Next settings > panel entry > Panel menu. Decide where you want your menu to be: top, bottom or both.
-Restart Cinnamon, and you'll have your menu bar where you want it to be.
-Bring up the Panel Edit mode button again and switch it back to the circle to use the programs pinned to the panel."

going to combine your tips 2 and 3 into a single tip: Right-clicking
gives you options. This will blow the minds of Macfags, but for most
everyone else, the concept of right-clicking and what it does doesn't
need to be explained.

say "Restart Cinnamon" like a n00b should just know how to do that, and
it's not even true that Cinnamon needs to be restarted for your
"menubar" change to take. Wouldn't that be kinda insane if you
configured your "menubar" to move from the top to the bottom, but it
didn't just do it in front of you, and you just had to take it on faith
and restart to see the change? That's not how it works, Singh. "Switch
it back to the circle to use the programs pinned to the panel." Switch
it back to the circle? What?

4, "Turning On The Linux Mint Firewall" is actually helpful advice.
It's about fucking time this article had some. I won't pick on you for
Tip 5, "Set Your Linux Mint Update Timer," either.

"6. Install Chrome
Here's how you do it:
-Download Chrome > Open with gdebi-gtk > Install."

That is not how you introduce a n00b to how software installation works
in Linux. "Open with gdebi-gtk" is fucking gibberish to a n00b. You
need to explain how Linux is different than Windows in that you can't
just download shit from anywhere and just double-click it and make it
go. You should teach them how to use the Synaptic Package Manager to
download and install software, including Chrome.

"Courtesy: ZDNet"

is "Courtesy: ZDNet?" You're saying you had professional help in
writing this trainwreck? I'm not sure ZDNet wants to take any credit for
this piece of shit you've written.

Despite also suffering from a bit of Engrish, this is a way better introductory article about Mint: https://itsfoss.com/things-to-do-after-installing-linux.../

Shut the fuck up crazy bastard.

LOL, what just happened?!

Damn, take it easy :)

You are freaking hilarious. Damn, you went ham on this guy.


I think Alexis wanted to post this comment on "Open Source For You" website. They have really unuseful way of writing articles especially the How-Tos.

Anyone know how to install a home network on Linux Mint 16 (desktop) so that I can access files, folders and other resources on my Linux desktop from my Win 8 laptop? Did a Google search but most of the entries seem to refer to things I can't find on Mint 16.

I am using cinnamon but i am having problem in facebook in both browsers.

Just got Mint 16 Mate, yesterday. There is no "system settings". There are no drivers. I can't turn on networking, or get anything, by way of wi-fi, dialup, etc to work. I overwrote my XP, and I'm wondering now, if I screwed up royally. There MUST be a way to run this thing.

You might need to hook up to router physically with a cable to get drivers and update mint, then after you get the wireless driver working you can do everything else from there.

Please add that you also need to install the "mint-meta-mate" if you want to install mate and cinnamon side-by-side. Because yours is one of the top hits on google, it should be correct...

Thank you! I've installed Mint 16 for my sister, and this was hugely helpful in setting up thoughtful touches (Dropbox, for one) before turning her machine back over to her.

Is it possible to run NAS service with this OS ? Anybody know how to configure this ??


Have no experience with network stuff. Sorry :(

Thanks a lot. I'm a Linux OS newbie (though not computer illiterate) and I was really worried about all the drivers (display, audio, printer, webcam, external HDD, etc) being recognized by this OS. So far so good, only minor issues with some proprietary software.

Please keep writing more such articles. They really help a lot.


Such appreciations keep me going. Thank you.

hi abhishek i installed a linux mint 13 mate version and i am unable to connect with the internet i am busting my head for quite a while now and couldnot find any proper help
i run inxi -N and the result is
card-1:broadcom device 4365
card-2: Realtek rtl8101E/RTL8102E PCI EXPRESS Fast ethernet controlle
i tried to get drivers for linux mint through another computer but i am unable to install them
any help will be much appreciated thanks in advance

Check this link: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx. it takes a little extra work, but not difficult. Note: you DO need to be connected to a wired network to download the necessary setup and data files.


There are several issues with Broadcom adapters. I suggest to look in Linux Mint forum. There should be some posts already.

I need you advice on something. I have a dual-boot of winxp and linux mint 14. I am (55yrs) and are not an expert on linux but I am in the process of switching over as now winxp is officially dead. I do not intend to get win7/8 on my laptop.
I have dropbox on winxp ntfs partition which is mounted automatically on boot up in Linux . There are no problems in accessing and using data on either system. BUT using the same dropbox for both the systems is problematic and have read about many bad experiences of other users. The 'symlink' way is only partially successful and has caused much heartburn and data loss. Questions: what is the way out to do this successfully OR is there any free alternative to dropbox that I can use safely on both xp and mint. I cannot give up xp completely at this stage.
I will be glad if you could help me please.


Hi Sunil,

Usually I keep my music folder on auto-mounted NTFS partition but I have never used the same strategy for Dropbox therefore I cannot comment on whether it will create an issue or not.

One, not so clean way, is to have two different install of Dropbox in Windows and Linux. To save the data usage, stop Dropbox as soon as you have installed it in Linux, copy the dropbox files from the windows and paste it in the Dropbox folder of Linux install. This will save the trouble of downloading all the data again, and it will just index the file.
Since Ubuntu One is dead, its no longer a valid alternative. There is Google Drive but it doesn't have an official Linux client.

Just installed Mint/Petra with the xfrc desktop (migrating from Win XP). Nice, though I can't find some fundamental things like:
1. How do you "shut down" the computer to turn it off?
2. The Linux computer can see my LAN (folder) but not the other PCs on it; the "Permissions" tab won't allow me to give read/write access so I others on my LAN can access it, saying I don't have authorization.
Sounds like simple solutions, but forums haven't seemed to help & docs offer no leads. Suggestions?


I think turn off is too obvious. If you are saying that it saves your session at each turn off and at next login you see same application opened, you can change the setting.
For the LAN issue, I have virtually no experience with it till now as I have only 1 laptop at home. It's sad that you could not find the solution on forums.

Succesfully dual boot bro,.Thanks,.

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