Linux Mint 13 (Maya) is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Edition, but instead of using Unity as the default Desktop, Linux Mint uses MATE Desktop, although, It is also available with various other Desktop such as Cinnamon (A new Desktop based on Gnome Shell), KDE, XFCE etc.
Additionally, a lot of useful programs and codecs/libraries comes pre-installed in Linux Mint – so it makes Linux Mint 13, a very beginner friendly – GNU/Linux distribution.
This post is primarily written for those who are new to Linux Mint (probably most of them are windows
losers users, who want to migrate from Windows to a Desktop friendly – GNU/Linux distribution (such as Linux Mint, Ubuntu, OpenSuse etc)), so that they can easily start using Linux Mint for their common tasks such as Internet Surfing, watching Movies, Listening Songs, Creating Documents/Tables etc or the specific tasks such as programming, recording (audio/video productions), graphics designing etc depending on their need.
#1. Install Linux Mint 13 on Your Computer
Although, you can run Linux Mint using a live USB or DVD but it would be better if you install on your hard disk if you really want to enjoy the full experience of Linux Mint. You must pick up the right edition – Linux Mint 13 with MATE, Cinnamon, KDE or XFCE Desktop for the corresponding architecture (32 or 64 bit) and with the codecs of-course (although you can install that stuffs later but it will save your time).
MATE is the most stable desktop, Cinnamon is cool and a new desktop which looks very promising, but it’s under heavy development – so it may not be suitable for production environment. KDE is also cool and pretty stable, and you may like it if you are migrating from windows. XFCE is very fast and lightweight desktop, so it’s a decent option for you if you want a desktop that just works – pretty fast, without much fancy eye candy stuffs (although, you can still do such things in XFCE but it requires few extra steps).
- Download Linux Mint (Latest version : 13)
- How to Install Linux Mint (steps are exactly same for the Linux Mint 13)
Update! Added a screencast describing installation steps of Linux Mint 13 Maya Cinnamon edition. It may help you in installing Linux Mint – on a custom partition – in parallel with your existing operating systems such as Windows 7, Mac OS X etc.
#2. Things to Do after installing Linux Mint 13
Although, Linux Mint 13 comes with codecs and libraries/plugins pre-installed but there are still a lot of things you are recommended to do, just after a fresh installation. I’ve already explained few things you must do after installing Linux Mint 13.
#3. Guide/Manual for Reference
For reference, you can use this free PDF as a reference for learning some cool stuffs. The pdf explains about Ubuntu 12.04 but most of tips work perfectly in Linux Mint too, because Linux Mint 13 is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, just leave out the ubuntu specific things such as Unity.