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Gnome 2 style Desktop in Ubuntu 11.10 : Try Cinnamon

Cinnamon is Gnome shell fork, done by Linux Mint community; if you’ve used any latest version of Linux Mint then you might have actually seen it because Cinnamon is the default Desktop in Linux Mint 12. Gnome Shell is a totally different desktop, from its predecessor version 2.3 which was quite popular. In Gnome shell. most of the people didn’t like the new way of handling small things like – switching windows; in fact it wasn’t just so productive.

So if you’re an Ubuntu 11.10 user (or 12.04, but stable is not out yet, Cinnamon is not available for 12.04 LTS yet) and want to enjoy Gnome 2 experience on Gnome 3, then you must give Cinnamon a try – because it may help you in restoring the productivity you may have lost in Gnome Shell or Unity interface. The project is very new but the user base is growing well due to its simplicity and ease of use. The New version Cinnamon 1.4 was released a week ago, and it’s available for a number of GNU/Linux distros including Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Fedora 16, ArchLinux, OpenSuse 12.1, Gentoo etc.

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How to install Cinnamon on Ubuntu 11.10

Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and execute the command(s) –

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cinnamon

 

Visit Official Page for more information and download options (if you’re using another GNU/Linux distribution)

linux-mint

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.

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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

nightingale-snapshot

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>

eg

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

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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

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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 –

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First, Choose the mobile broadband device –

Then, Choose Provider Country –

choose-provider-country

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

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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.

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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.

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

active-network-icon

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! :)

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10 things to do after installing Linux Mint 12

Linux Mint 12 (alias : Lisa) released, now it’s time to configure and install some mandatory applications/packages to start working on it. Although, Linux Mint 12 has already made the desktop little more user friendly, specifically for beginner users (who are coming from the windows(XP/Vista/7) world) but still there few things that you need to do for a complete usable – Linux desktop.

I’ve already published a post about 10 things to do after installing Ubuntu 11.10 and most of the tips should work seamlessly with Linux Mint 12 (as it is based on Ubuntu 11.10). Anyway, this post is supposed to help you in getting started on Linux Mint 12.

#1. Install restricted packages

First of all, you should install some proprietary codecs (audio/video/flash)and plugins (e.g Adobe flash player) and packages. These packages includes –

  • Adobe Flash Player plugin for browser
  • proprietary audio/video codecs (don’t you want to play mp3 songs?)
  • java runtime environment etc

So open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and execute the command –

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

If you want to play encrypted DVD then execute the following commands –

sudo apt-get install libdvdread4
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

#2. Install VLC Player

vlc player on linux-mint

VLC is the most popular – ‘all in one’ open source media player, specially good for playing various video files. VLC supports variety of input formtas including – flv, avi, ogg, mp4, mp3, wmv, wma. mkv, ogm etc. To install VLC media player in Linux Mint 12, fire up a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and execute the command(s) –

sudo apt-get install vlc

#3. Install Chromium or Google Chrome

chromium-browser

Firefox is installed by default but even if you use firefox as primary browser, sometimes you may need a secondary browser – then Google Chrome or Chromium seems to be a good alternative. Try Chromium or install Google Chrome on Linux Mint.

To install chromium, execute –

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

Here is the detailed description about installing Chrome on on Linux Mint 12.

#4. Install Audacious Music Player

audacious on Linux Mint

Audacious is a simple and easy to use – cool music player. To install audacious, type –

sudo apt-get install audacious

#5. Install New Gnome shell themes

Gnome shell Themes for Linux Mint

Linux Mint 12 has Gnome Tweak Tool, installed by default, which allow you to configure advanced options for Gnome Shell desktop as well as for managing themes. To install icons, simply put the icon theme(downloaded packages) to ~/usr/share/icons directory. I’ve already covered a detailed post about installing Gnome Shell Themes on Linux Mint 12. (So you are supposed to refer the link)

#6. Install Ubuntu One

ubuntu-one in Linux Mint

Ubuntu One is a Dropbox like backup solution and the free plan offers 5GB storage which may be sufficient for a lot of users. Ubuntu One is well integrated with nautilus and so it will allow you to backup more easily. So whether you’ve used it earlier in Ubuntu or not, you should give it a try.

To install Ubuntu One execute following commands –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuone/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntuone-control-panel-gtk ubuntuone-client

#7. Configure GRUB options

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To customize grub menu or configure boot options there are two popular applications – startup manager (simple and easy to use) and second one is grub customizer (it has a lot of features and options).

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Installing grub customizer,open terminal and execute –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install grub-customizer

On the other hand if you want to try startup manager, then execute –

sudo apt-get install startupmanager

#8. Install Ubuntu Software Center

ubuntu-software-center

If you have used Ubuntu Software Center in Ubuntu 11.10 or 11.04, then you might have noticed that on Linux mint there is another programs installed by default, for managing applications. Software Manager is the default program for installing/removing applications in Linux Mint, Synaptic Package Manager is also there. If you are missing some of the cool features of USC then you can install that in one simple command –

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-software-center

#9. Try MATE if you don’t like Gnome Shell

Gnome Classic - MATE

If you don’t like Gnome Shell interface, with a bunch of cool extensions then MATE is probably for your – for Gnome 2 lovers. MATE is a fork of Gnome 2 project, it looks very similar to Gnome 2.3 desktop. You can see (above screenshot of MATE) the Gnome 2 style menu in Top left corner of the screen – appears like Gnome 2. It’s installed by default – just logout from the current session and select Gnome classic (with or without effects, whatever suits your computer hardware).

#10. Install Bleachbit to clean up

Bleachbit is equivalent to CCleaner(of Windows). It will allow you to remove/delete unnecessary files from your computer, in a couple of clicks. To install bleachbit, simply execute the command –

sudo apt-get install bleachbit

Reference(s)

Linux Mint Forums

Have Fun! :)