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Ubuntu Software Center for Linux Mint [13]

For Applications management, Linux Mint 13 has Software Manager by default. Synaptic Package Manager is also there, but most beginners prefer Software Manager (over the synaptic or command line utility).

In Ubuntu, beginners prefer – Ubuntu Software Center, it’s easy to use and it has a lot of exciting features. Linux Mint 13 is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, so most of the ubuntu apps works seamlessly on Linux Mint. Ubuntu Software Center is also available for Linux Mint, via the PPA. So if you’re looking for a more user friendly App management software in Linux Mint, then you should try Ubuntu Software Center.


Installing Ubuntu Software Center in Linux Mint 13

In Linux Mint 13 (Maya), the software center is already available in package repository, so it can be installed in one command (without any external PPA or something, app size is around 12 MB) –

sudo apt-get install software-center

That’s All, now start exploring the cool Apps in a cool way.


Best Linux Distro for Beginners

The Share of GNU/Linux distributions (as a Desktop Operating System) has increased significantly in the past few years, and it’s growing very fast.

Among the new Linux users, most of them are common desktop users who just want to get things done without much hassle. They need a simple and easy to use graphical interface not a green/black terminal (although, the terminal will help them a lot but it shouldn’t be compulsory, rather it would be like an extra tool – that they might want to learn, in order to become an advanced user).

There are various flavors of GNU/Linux distributions – some of them are dedicated for a specific purpose while some of them are targeted for common desktop users. Among these commonly used Linux distros, few most popular Linux distributions are – Ubuntu, Fedora, Linux Mint, ArchLinux, OpenSuse etc. Ubuntu holds around 50% share in Linux Desktop market, so it’s the most popular one – it has growing community, large number of developers, wide collection of free and open source applications (now, paid apps are also available in Ubuntu Software Center).

Linux Mint is derived from Ubuntu, but it focuses more on Linux beginners and non-technical users. So it’s the most beginner friendly Linux distro available now. it’s user base is also growing very fast.

Linux Mint 13 : Cinnamon Desktop

Linux Mint 13 – The Best Linux Distro for Beginners!

Linux Mint 13 “maya” is the latest stable version, there are various editions, depending on the desktop environment such as MATE, Cinnamon, KDE or XFCE. Linux Mint 13 – Cinnamon is the best one! Cinnamon is a new desktop based on GNOME 3/ Shell but it’s more beginner friendly with an intuitive UI.

Why Linux Mint 13 is the most beginner friendly GNU/Linux OS ?

it’s easy to use

Linux Mint 13 comes bundled with commonly used applications such as VLC player, Firefox Browser, Thunderbird (Email Client), Libre Office (equivalent to MS Office) etc. Restricted libraries and codecs pre-installed, which some times causes a lot of headache for beginners – because of that – they can’t even play a music file or video from computer, not even in browser because of flash player.

The desktop environment such as Cinnamon or MATE are very beginner friendly – as it follows the conventional Desktop layout, so users feels more comfortable, specially to the users coming from the Windows(7, XP or whatever). It has nice graphics effects that makes a desktop experience a lot fun, if your computer doesn’t support heavy graphics stuffs then it can easily fall back to simple mode.

Application management has become very easy –  just go to Software Manager and install the cool apps – in a couple of clicks (or update/remove the previous installed one). System can be updated – in one click – using the default system tool – update manager.

it’s easy to customize ‘n’ tweak

Cinnamon desktop (or MATE or whatever you’re using) can be customized – in a couple of clicks. In other distro – you would be searching for some tweaking tools but in Linux Mint 13, you got the customizing application – installed by default. You just go to System settings and start customizing your desktop.

cinnamon-settings : For Customizatoin

It’s very easy to change/customize themes, icons, fonts, panels etc, with the tool called – Cinnamon Settings.

Other obvious reasons are :

  • Get things done without much hassle
  • It has huge collection of Free Applications
  • it’s secure by default
  • it’s easy to learn and explore new stuffs
  • Large (and growing) Community of Users

Are you Ready to Try Linux Mint 13 ? If yes, then refer this Getting Started Guide for Linux Mint 13 Beginners.

Linux Mint 13 (Maya) - Cinnamon

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or Linux Mint 13 (Cinnamon) : which one do you prefer most ?

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) has got improved unity desktop with a lot of cool new stuffs, and it’s pretty stable! (unlike the previous versions). On the other hand, Linux Mint 13 – which has been released in parallel with 12.04, but with a new desktop based on Gnome 3/shell – called as Cinnamon (which seems to be better because of the Gnome 2 look and feel). Although, fallback mode is there in Ubuntu 12.04 but that’s too crappy but Cinnamon may be a good one for Gnome 2 lovers who feel uncomfortable in the Gnome 3 based desktops (Unity, Gnome Shell etc).

So if you’ve used the Ubuntu 12.04 and Linux Mint 13 with Cinnamon desktop then share your experience through comments and vote your favorite one!


Things To Do after installing Linux Mint 13 (Maya)

Linux Mint 13 (a.k.a Maya) is out and it’s rocking the GNU/Linux desktop world with a lot of innovative features and cool stuffs. If you haven’t tried it yet – then you must check it out. Anyway, this post is aimed to help beginners who have just installed a fresh copy of Linux Mint 13Cinnamon or Mate Edition (most of the things seems to be same but MATE edition is more stable and mature while Cinnamon is cool, new and exciting).

Since Linux Mint is one of the most beginner friendly GNU/Linux distribution so I assume that you don’t have any previous experience with any GNU/Linux distro, on the other hand if you’re familier with Ubuntu or Debian or other GNU/Linux distribution then most of the things would be straight-forward and easy in Linux Mint 13 so you wouldn’t even need this getting started tips (but it might be helpful in some case).

Anyway, if you’ve installed Linux Mint 13 successfully then it’s the time to start using it with its unlimited potential (and of course the fun).

6 things to do after installing Linux mint 13

#1. Update

To update your system, simply open update manager or just execute these two commands in a terminal (hit Ctrl+alt+t) –

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Sometimes, you may have to restart your computer to complete the update process.

#2. Install Some necessary programs

After a fresh installation, you may need to install some necessary audio/video codecs or libraries (some proprietary programs, if a good open source equivalent program is not available) or flash player or libraries for archiving or extracting various file types such as zip, rar, tar etc. To install most of those above utilities simply execute the command –

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Other programs, those are absolutely necessary, includes – drivers for

  • graphics/video card
  • printer/scanner
  • sound card
  • wireless card
  • webcam etc.


Depending on the devices you use – install the appropriate driver/program. e.g for Webcam, install cheese –

sudo apt-get install cheese

#3. Install your favorite Applications/Softwares

Default applications in Linux Mint are good but it’s not necessary that it will include your most favorite apps. If that’s the case then Open Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager to search and install your favorite applications or you can install from terminal.

  • Google Chrome – for web browsing
  • Evolution – as a mail client
  • AbiWord – for document processing
  • Dropbox – for backup and … so on.

Download Google Chrome and install it using GDebi package installer.

To install Abi Word, execute –

sudo apt-get install abiword

#4. Try some new applications

Are you getting bored with the applications you’ve been using from years, want to try something new, Software Manager is full of great, new and exciting applications. Music players, utilities, programming tools, image editors, games and a lot of new apps are there. Give it a try – most of them are free and it won’t hurt much if it doesn’t work.

Clementine Media Player

Checkout this old post – 10 Apps you must try on Ubuntu

#5. Explore new features and Customize it as you want!

Linux Mint is a free software, you are free to explore, learn, modify and share. The only limit is your imagination.

Try Cinnamon Settings


If you’re using the Cinnamon edition then use ‘Cinnamon Settings’ to customize the various settings such as Themes, Fonts, Icons, Applets, Effects, Panel, Desktop etc. It’s a simple utility, installed by default in Linux Mint 13 Maya (Cinnamon Edition). Although, it looks little similar to Gnome Tweak Tool but it’s much simple to use.

Changing/Installing Themes In Cinnamon Settings


Change Desktop Settings using Cinnamon Settings


If you love experiments then you would automatically lot a new stuffs everyday, additionally these posts might help a bit –

Getting Started Tips for Ubuntu (since, Mint 13 is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS)

#6. RLE (Relax, Learn and Enjoy)

There are lot of features, lot of apps and a lot of things that you want to tweak but don’t get lost in them, after all, there is some reason, some purpose that brings you to the computer. Linux Mint or any GNU/Linux distribution requires little patience and time – to get things done as you want. So just Relax, Learn and Enjoy, with a lot of fun :)

Update 1 : Regarding Cinnamon Settings (check #5 point)

Linux Mint 13 (Maya) - Cinnamon

Linux Mint 13 – “Cinnamon” : Desktop Experience Reloaded!

Linux Mint 13 (code named as Maya) has released and if you’re a a GNU/Linux user then it might be worth exciting for you. Linux Mint 13 has launched with two editions – one with Mate desktop (the mature desktop (fast, productive and easy to use) – developed on the top of GNOME 3 desktop and mimics the look of GNOME classic desktop i.e Gnome v2.3), and second one – Cinnamon Edition – based on a new cool desktop called as Cinnamon.

Linux Mint 13 (Maya) - Cinnamon

Linux Mint 13 (Maya) – Cinnamon Edition

Cinnamon is not very stable (because it’s not very matured yet) so it’s not good for production environment but worth looking at, specially if you believe in future of Linux Mint. Since, it’s based on the totally new Desktop – Cinnamon – it means –  you will get an amazing experience and may like it, surely if you’re sick of Unity or Gnome Shell interface.

Why should you try Linux Mint 13 (Cinnamon Edition) ?

It combines the great features from Gnome 3 as well as the older version of Gnome (i.e 2.3). It means it’s optimized for the productivity and the happiness of the users. Just give it a try – it’s beginners friendly too – so if you want to try a GNU/Linux based distro then it’s a good place to begin. Therefore, it’s also good for recommending it to a friend, who are trapped in windows or Mac’s closed ecosystem.

Download Linux Mint 13 (Maya or Cinnamon Edition – with or without codecs)

Note : Computer vendors and manufacturers can also get OEM images.

it’s is available as 32 bit edition as well as 64 bit edition (although 32 bit edition works fine in both case but 64bit requires appropriate architecture), 5GB of minimum space is required (although it’s good have more if you want to use it as your primary operating system). Linux Mint 13 got a lot of changes as well as some significant improvements specially in the form of Cinnamon desktop.

New set of cool and charming icons, along with other artwork improvements, you might have noticed the change (as compare to Mint 12) in the default search engine in Mozilla Firefox. Now, it uses Yahoo as the default search engine instead of DuckDuckGo. It uses MDM display manager – for managing login settings and other stuffs in an easy way.

You may want checkout the official website for more information about the new features and improvements in Linux Mint 13 (Maya).