And you should see this. You are almost where you want to be. This is closer to a Debian desktop than a Linux Mint GNOME desktop. We will have to customize it to look more like an LMDE desktop.
Here are suggested steps you can take to make the desktop look just like an LMDE desktop:
- Right-click on the bottom panel and select “Add to Panel…”Add this following from the list in the window that will open
- Network Monitor
- Notification Area
- Volume Control
- Move the applets around
- Since you now have a duplicate of all that is on the top panel on the bottom panel, you may delete the top panel.
That should do it. Now you have an hybrid Debian-Linux Mint Debian Edition system. Aside from LVM and an encrypted disk, the one other thing I like about this installation is that it allows me to use the traditional root user account system rather than the sudo that is used on LMDE.
Not everything will work as expected. The update manager, mintUpdate, will not, for example, launch from the panel. That is a bug. Also Epiphany will be the only Web browser installed. Uninstall it and Firefox (3.6.13) will be installed automatically. The default language installed will be firefox-l10n-af, the Afrikaans language packs for Firefox. Unless you can read Afrikaans, uninstall it, and the English language pack for Firefox will be installed automatically. Install any other application you need. By the way, if you need to run the fastest and coolest browser on the planet, follow these steps to install Opera 11, the latest stable version of Opera. Evolution is the installed email client. A much better email client is Sylpheed.
To help you manage the disk using a graphical interface, install system-config-lvm either from the Software Manager or from a shell terminal with the following command (a future article will cover basic LVM management techniques):
# apt-get install system-config-lvm
If you need help with any step involved in this tutorial, please use the forum for LMDE.