By right-clicking on the search icon, you can pick the search source. Selecting any one of the first five options will limit your search to community.linuxmint.com.
To make it a little bit easier to find newly installed applications, they are listed in bold text.
Applications: The main edition of Linux Mint 10 comes loaded with both free and non-free applications. If the application you need is not installed, you will find it in the repository. There are three applications installed for playing videos – Totem, GNOME-MPlayer, and VLC. Even with libdvdcss installed by default, Totem is unable to play encrypted DVD videos. GNOME-MPlayer and VLC had no problem playing encrypted DVD videos.
Firefox (3.6.10) is the only browser installed (Firefox 3.6.12, the latest stable version, is not yet in the repository). Out of the box, the system packs the plugins Firefox needs to render most multimedia applications. For Flash content, for example, Adobe’s flash plugin is installed. With Oracle’s JRE installed, Firefox passed the Java test.
The only category of applications missing from a new installation of Mint 10 are games. Not a single one is installed. Even if you install from a DVD image, the default installation will not feature a single game. Moovida is the only media center application in the repository (it is not installed by default). XBMC, the other free media center application, which is integrated into Sabayon Linux, is not even in the repository.
Graphical Software Manager: Linux Mint ships with two graphical package management applications – the old Synaptic and the newer Software Manager. The Software Manager is designed to offer a more user-friendly interface, especially to new users. Besides a “Featured” category, the main window sports ten application categories. Click on an application category, and you will be able to view all applications available in the repository, installed or not. Same applies when you search for applications. This default view mode can be modified by deselecting one of two entries in the View menu.
The Software Manager’s view modes- Available and Installed, makes it easy to browse the software repository. This is a view of the Featured applications installed on the system (Available is deselected in the View menu).
This view shows Featured applications available in the repository, that is, those that are not yet installed (Installed is deselected in the View menu).