What to do First with Your New Linux Mint


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OK, Great, you’ve decided to go with Linux Mint,
(perhaps the 18.2 “Sonya” version with a Cinnamon desktop).
And in my experience this is maybe the best choice you could
make. How do you want to modify that, and what do you
want to add to it?
“What do I do NOW?”

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What to do First with Your
New Linux Mint

OK, you’ve gone and installed Linux Mint.
That’s Probably a Very Wise Move:
Now What do you Do??!

The Daily Walk with Love, Update of October 4, 2017, by Paul Evans, (email paul.miracles57@gmail.com).

See Linux, Windows 10 & Artificial Intelligence (AI), The Daily Walk with Love, September 27, 2017, by Paul Evans.

UPDATE: The Official Linux Mint blog has news about the fast-approaching Linux Mint 18.3, which is not quite here yet, but which will be called “Sylvia.” Fossbytes has a good article on 18.3 called Linux Mint 18.3 “Sylvia” Features & Release Date — What’s Hot In Next Version, FossBytes, September 18, 2017, no author, which states that “we can expect Mint 18.3 towards the end of December 2017 with Ubuntu 16.04.3 base.”

After that, Mint development team is expected to make a shift to a new base, i.e., Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. So, one can expect Linux Mint 19.0 to be released around June 2018, based on Ubuntu 18.04. (Paul: for me, this is something to really look forward to, with the warmer weather.)

Also See Linux Mint 18.3 Under Development with HybridSleep Support for Cinnamon, More, Softpedia News, July 31, 2017, by Marius Nestor, which notes that the Linux Mint team is planning on including an improvement to the software sources as part of 18.3 Sylvia.

As you read this, if you decide to download and install Linux Mint, you’ll probably wonder about the different varieties of Linux Mint you can get. The main page has four, but actually there are five (or actually six) varieties available, Cinnamon being the most popular. Two little noticed ones go under the heading “Linux Mint Debian,” but this is “bleeding edge” technology and not for the faint of heart or those with older computers. Unless you’re a real Linux pro, we recommend sticking with the main four options, particularly Cinnamon, MATE, or XFCE. See 5 Flavors of Linux Mint 18 You Can Try Today, Make Use Of, December 16, 2016, by Christian Cawley.

My conclusion was that it is a good decision to, at the present time, skip Windows 10 (even the Fall Creator’s Build) altogether and go with either Manjaro Linux with the XFCE desktop, (if you’re a Linux Purist), OR else follow my own logic and experience and install Linux Mint 18.2 “Sonya”, (this is the general page with all four desktop varieties), and my own choice was to install the Cinnamon desktop, which can be found at the specific page for Linux Mint 18.2 “Sonya” which is the page with the most popular, Cinnamon desktop. I have read online and also found myself that the Cinnamon desktop is every bit the equal of the Windows 10 GUI. Actually I like the XFCE version of Linux Mint a lot too, I’ve tried it and it’s great, too. Linux use is picking up all over the world, now being the operating system on 3.6 percent of all PC’s. Here’s one for you: Linux is the OS powering 90 percent of the world’s 500 largest supercomputers. It’s all “open source,” meaning that computer techs design it and distribute it for free out of their love of computers and love for people, too. It’s also the OS we use here to display The Daily Walk with Miracles, streaming from GoDaddy in Phoenix, Arizona.

There are very big things afoot at Canonical. See Ubuntu 17.04 Release Date, Features And Upgrade Procedure, It’s F.O.S.S., continually updated. Basically, in 2010 they brought a lady CEO in who took Canonical public. Now the investors have had their say, she’s out, the “old guy” is back in again, and a huge chunk of their effort is over: Yes, Unity 8 is history with the Ubuntu folks, but IS available with Linux Mint. I personally never found that Unity worked that well, and basically it became a fighting ground between the forces of good and evil and nobody really profited. Maybe the old CEO they’ve brought in again will get things better now. Also, Canonical has made the Gnome Desktop the default desktop, and a separate Gnome release will soon be unavailable. The period of support for the Linux Ubuntu 17.04 is only 9 months, Unity is gone and Gnome is in. Some of the Unity people have been reassigned, some have gone over to working for the Linux Mint team, and some are out of luck. Big doings, indeed, and future shock for many of us. If you feel adventurous, download Linux Ubunu 17.04 and see how you like it. I don’t know who came up with this one, probably some “PR team,” but 17.04 will be known as “Zesty Zapus.” I think Canonical is in some difficulty now. I think the former CEO was just about in bed with Microsoft, and that it may be some time before the Linux Ubuntu people have themselves “straightened out” and back on track. It used be great a few years ago, I really don’t like it so much now. If it were my computer I’d definitely go with Linux Mint 18.2 “Sonya” with the most popular, Cinnamon desktop. “A word to the wise is sufficient.”

SUMMARY CONCLUSIONS: At this time in my creative evolution with Linux OS’s I would say probably the best you could do is to install (for FREE) the Linux Mint 18.2 “Sonya” with the most popular, Cinnamon desktop edition OS. Unless you just like to tinker around with operating systems, that would be how I would go to escape Illuminati control over your computer. When you have it installed, try to avoid using “Wine” or Skype or adding in components you know are from the Windows OS. IF you want to be absolutely safe, I think Manjaro is the best you can do. Manjaro Linux, the XFCE build if you are interested in a “purist’s Linux” because with Windows 10 you would basically be ceding control over your PC to Microsoft and thus to the Illuminati. All Linux operating systems are totally free, too. But hey, it’s your $200 (for Windows 10 Pro). That’s your choice, too. WHY does everything have to be a question of money: “Don’t let money be your morality!” I’m just saying I am very glad I got Linux Mint 18.2 “Sonya”. It’s as fast or faster than Windows 10, it doesn’t hesitate before it does something, and it doesn’t spy on you AND there’s no artificial intelligence built into it. Yes, Cortana can be helpful and is fun, but I know for a fact that the AI can be hacked and can also take over a person’s computer. Steven Hawking, perhaps the greatest astrophysicist in the world, is highly skeptical about artificial intelligence, and Tesla owner Elon Musk is strongly against it. Hawking most recently said that AI “could be the best thing, or the worst thing, to ever happen to mankind.” Moreover Linux is lower on system resources than is Windows 10, and so can be more easily used on older machines. One more really great feature of Linux is that updates are fast and seamless and always seem to work, IF you haven’t messed up the OS by adding something you shouldn’t. And almost ALL Linux ALWAYS been totally free.

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What to do once you have Linux installed: Of course, the very first thing to do is update the system. There will be a couple of hundred megabytes of updates and installation is no problem.

Go with Linux Mint for the best in freedom and customizability and security, too

Linux Mint 18.2 is a very special, cool operating system. It has the slickest GUI (graphic user interface) of any Linux I have tried. It’s not quite a “pure” Linux experience as is Manjaro Linux, but it’s very close on install. The thing is to NOT mess up the integrity of the operating system by adding things like “Wine” (whereby, if you manage to configure it correctly, you can run .exe Windows programs) or Skype. Now, guys, you can get by perfectly well without Skype. It’s just that every Windows type component you add to Mint diminishes it’s integrity as a standalone, non-Microsoft controlled computer. That’s one of the main reasons I went with Linux in the first place, that and realizing that it’s just as good (if not better) of an operating system. It’s been a fun journey, though.

What to Do with Your New
Linux Mint

OK, just to be concise and not bore everybody, here’s what I did with the “Package Manger” as soon as I had Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon installed: I installed my favorite music player “Clementine,” with the Unity Scope for it added to that. Then I installed Unity webapps and the Unity Control Center. Linux Mint already comes with flash (yes, Adobe flash) preinstalled, and you could uninstall that and find something of a Linux equivalent, but I’ve found that really isn’t that practical. Linux Mint also comes with the only Office Program you’ll ever need, Libre Office, which handles all Windows type documents, etc.

Next I got the Chromium web browser, which is simply Google Chrome repackaged and “open source” (it’s free and you can tinker with it all you want) for Linux computers. Then came Empathy (a chat client which comes with something called “telepathy.”) Next came Cheese, which is for webcam snapshots and video. Then I got “Calibre, with is an ebook reader that handles most common formats. The I got everything reasonable I could find labeled “Clamav.” This is free antivirus for Linux. Normally Linux is fairly impervious to and unaffected by viruses, but it never hurts to be safe.

With the “Synaptic Package Manager” you can get anything in the whole AUR, the Arch User Repository of anything and everything Linux. Linux Mint’s “Package Manager” is almost as comprehensive and is safer in terms of system conflicts.”

As a concession to my loneliness and the fact that none of you ladies have so far been very good chat partners, I got Steam for gaming. Girls, I remain “single and wishing,” any of you fine ladies need a friend, just email me, Paul Evans, at paul.miracles57@gmail.com. Finally, I want to cover the several Apple-type “docks” which are available, from Cinnadock++ to Cairo Dock. It has been my long tried experience that unless you are some kind of absolute fiend with Linux, it is almost impossible to get these working right with the Linux OS and that, so far as I am concerned, they are to all be avoided. The only good dock I know for the Linux OS comes with Manjaro Deepin, and that is just not as good of an OS as Manjaro XFCE. Finally, I got Gnome Weather. If that doesn’t work I’m going to get XFCE Weather, I will amend this when I find out which works better. I am very happy with my Linux Mint operating system, it is, as we said back in the 70’s, “way cool.”

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