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Best Linux Mint 12 Applications

Linux Mint is the rising star of GNU/Linux desktop world! On distrowatch it became the most popular distro (although the popularity metrics isn’t based on user base  of Linux Mint or Ubuntu but the page hits on the site). With the release of Ubuntu 11.10, Linux Mint 12 version was released with various desktop options like Gnome 3/Gnome shell, KDE Desktop etc. Linux Mint team introduced MATE plugin in the latest release which is awesome, because it might be good for those Gnome 2.* fans who hates Unity and Gnome Shell – it has merged the awesomeness of Gnome 2.3 with Gnome 3/Shell.

Since Linux Mint 12 is based on Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) so most of the applications that works with Ubuntu 11.10 will work fine on Linux Mint. I’ve already covered a post about the most popular apps (plus some Tweaks too that will help you in getting most of Linux Mint) on Ubuntu 11.10 – so I’m not going to repeat that here. [Follow the below link]

Best Apps for Ubuntu 11.10/Mint 12

Did you miss any favorite application ?

I certainly missed few of my favorite Application, media players. It’s XBMC and Nightingale Music Player.


XBMC – The coolest Media Center Application, and of course it’s free and open source!!!

Install XBMC in Linux Mint 12

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:nathan-renniewaldock/xbmc-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xbmc

Nightingale Music Player


It’s a songbird fork, optimized and improved for GNU/Linux distributions (although it’s available for Mac and Windows too). Right now, you can’t install it from Software Manager/Center or from a deb package (because it’s not available in that format yet!) but you can extract the downloaded file and run the nightingale-bin executable file to run the program.

Download Nightingale for Linux Mint

What’s your Favorite Apps in Linux Mint ? Wouldn’t you like to tell us through comments ?

Linux Mint 12 with KDE 4.7

Try Linux Mint 12 with KDE Desktop

Great news for KDE lovers! Linux Mint 12 KDE RC version – got released few weeks ago. The default version of Linux Mint was already available with Gnome 3 and Mate desktop but it’s for those who love KDE or don’t like Gnome anymore (probably due to some major changes in Gnome 3/shell interface). The final and stable version should arrived in within few upcoming weeks.

Linux Mint 12 with KDE 4.7

Cool Features of Linux Mint 12 KDE

  • The default desktop is KDE 4.7.4
  • Linux Kernel 3 and upstream components/features of Ubuntu 11.10
  • Hybrid ISO Images
  • Search Engines

In Linux Mint 12, KDE 4.7.4 makes the desktop experience more pleasant and comfortable. Hybrid ISO images can be used to create a bootable media such as USB stick/DVD/CD in one simple command (dd command), without any applications you might have used to make bootable media, and the most important advantages is that – it is much faster and if you want to go with old technique such as a Startup Disc creator apps then also it’s fine as the hybrid ISO are also compatible with such applications. But you should remember one thing that the new method for creating live bootable media will erase all the files present on your pen-drive.

First Download Linux Mint 12 KDE version, then you can use the dd command to create bootable disk.

The structure of the command is

dd if=<source> of=<target> bs=<byte size>


dd if=/home/userx/Downloads/mint.iso of=/dev/sdb2

Warning! You should also remember one thing about the DD command, that – it will delete all the files/contents from the usb drive. Therefore, you must use the DD command very carefully!

Reference(s) and Recommended Stuffs


How to Setup Mobile Broadband in Linux Mint 12 / Ubuntu 11.10

Slow Mobile broadband connection is not something a typical Linux user wants but in some case when no other options (cable broadband or 3G) are available it’s really useful. The average speed depends on your location, provider, signal strength and so many things; in india, it’s around 50-150 kbps (Now you may guess, why I’ve published very few articles in past three weeks, yeah! You’re right!). So in past three weeks, I tried a couple of mobile broadbands – first MTS Data Card, then Micromax modem with Airtel (better than MTS data card).

Anyway, this post is written for those who wants to set up such mobile broadband connection with Linux Mint 12 or similar Linux distributions such as Ubuntu 11.10. Most of the providers such as MTS, Micromax etc comes with an auto installer program for Windows (as you insert the modem in USB port, it gets recognized and the set up process begins.. and will complete in very simple steps) but unfortunately they do not provide such application for Linux based distributions such as Linux Mint 12 or Ubuntu 11.10 or Fedora etc.

Setting Up MTS Data Card In Linux Mint / Ubuntu


step 1 : Open Network Connections (search in Applications Menu) and click on Mobile Broadband tab then on Add button.

step2 : Then complete the setup process in few simple sub steps –


First, Choose the mobile broadband device –

Then, Choose Provider Country –


Next, Select your network provider (e.g Airtel, MTS etc for India)


Now, you may get additional option such as Choose your billing plan (if your plan wasn’t listed in previous steps) otherwise your will be directly jumped to final step – to confirm and Apply the settings.


That’s All! If you’re having some problem then you can manually edit the connection parameters such as Authentication Protocols (e.g CHAP), Username, Password etc.


Finally, on a successfully setup, the network icon will appear in top panel (near right corner) like this –


That’s All. If you’re using some other Mobile broadband provider then select that while following the installation instructions. Process is same – not only across different network providers but also across Linux distributions similar to Linux Mint e.g Ubuntu, Fedora, Kubuntu, etc. Have Fun! :)

Gnome shell Themes for Linux Mint

How to install Gnome shell themes in Linux Mint 12

Linux Mint 12 has released, with some innovative features – in fact it has integrated the features of Gnome Shell with Gnome 2 through the help of some cool gnome shell extensions. The overall performance and look is great – see the a recent review about Linux Mint 12, making it a perfect desktop for new Linux users.

In this post, you’re going to learn – how to install cool gnome shell themes on a freshly installed Linux Mint 12 (although instruction will also work on Ubuntu 11.10, but first you will have to install Gnome Tweak Tool, as it is not installed in Ubuntu 11.10, by default (Unlike Linux Mint 12) ).

gnome-shell-mac mint

First Get some cool Gnome Shell Themes

Download some cool Gnome shell themes then follow the instruction to install cool new themes. The default Linux Mint theme (GTK) looks very similar to Zukito, so you may try installing cool GTK3 themes but in this post we will stick Gnome shell themes, and the one more thing – you can manage theme manually but we will use Gnome Tweak Tool (Advanced Settings for Gnome Desktop), as it makes theme management a lot easier and fun.

Installing Gnome Shell Themes


#1. Open Gnome Tweak Tool (Advanced Settings from Menu or just search it).

#2. Then, Go to Theme -> Shell Theme and install new themes in a couple of click.

Installing Gnome shell theme
locating-theme package


#3. After install new themes, you can select it from Shell Theme Menu. If the changes doesn’t appear instantly then hit Alt+F2  and type r (and press Enter to reload the shell theme).


#4. That’s all. Alternatively, you can also themes from PPA e.g Elementary Gnome shell themes can be installed in few simple commands –

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ferramroberto/gnome3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-theme-elementary

Have Fun! with Cool Mint :)


How to install Linux Mint 12 : using live USB or CD/DVD

Linux Mint 12 (Code Named as Lisa) is released. Linux Mint is one of the most popular Linux based operating system – and it’s the most user friendly Linux Desktop on this planet. If you’ve been a Windows users, then you just need to relax, installing a Linux distribution isn’t so complex/difficult as you think – specially Linux Mint (well, I’m not referring to ArchLinux).

Although installing Linux Mint 12 is no different from installing Ubuntu 11.10, I’ll still provide a snapshot guide for installing Linux Mint 12 on a fresh computer or along side (as dual boot) with Windows 7 or other operating system (using a usb stick).

Step by Step instruction for installing Linux Mint 12(Dual Boot)

Attention Required! : First of all, create a backup copy of all your important files.

1. Create a bootable media (USB/CD/DVD)

download the ISO file (CD or DVD edition) for Linux Mint 12, from the official website.

Download Linux Mint

Now,create a live CD/DVD installer by burning the ISO file on to an disc or better create a live USB installer using this application – Universal USB Installer (On Windows).

2. Starting Installation

Insert the bootable USB and restart your computer. Now, it should automatically boot from boot media (pendrive or CD or DVD). Then click on install button (it’s there on desktop, when you boot your system using Live media) to begin the installation procedure.


starting installation

3. Selecting installation Type

There are three options (you can see in snapshot attached below), first one is also cool – will save you few steps (but not recommended), second one is super cool but delete everything and install a fresh Linux Mint 12 (so it’s recommended only for a fresh computer) and third one is advanced option with more flexibility so better go for it (specifically if you want to install Linux mint on a specific partition).

select installation-type
Select a partition to install Linux Mint 12
Create a partition of around 20GB (or may be 10 GB if you just want to give it a try or 50 GB or more, if you want to use Linux as a primary operating system).

create partition for Linux Mint
After selecting a free space partition, click on Add button and fill the details according to the snapshot given –
Partition Size (in MB) : e.g 20000
Location for the New Partition : it specifies the location in GRUB menu, during boot process.

  • Beginning : if you select beginning, then the Linux Mint will be the default OS (if you are running more than one OS, which is usually the case in this installation Type) at GRUB menu. so during boot option if you want to boot into another OS (say Windows), then you will have to select that using arrow key.
  • End : It means Linux Mint will be pushed in the end at GRUB menu

In short, choose beginning if are going to use Linux Mint as primary OS.

Use as (specify file system) : Ext4 journaling file system

Mount Point : /

create required partition
Now, the target partition is selected, you need to select the location for boot loader installation. Leave it default if you are not sure (but do not select any hard drive that you may want to remove later or swap with another PC). Then click on Install Now button to begin actual installation.

install on selected-partition

4. Just Follow the instruction

Select your location
select keyboard-layout
create first user
installation in progress

5. Restart on Completion

Installation process will be completed with 15 to 30 minutes. On completion, you will get a confirmation window –

Just click on Restart and Enjoy! You’ve successfully installed Linux Mint 12. Have Fun :)