Opera Search Engines Cinnamon

Firefox is the only Web browser installed out of the box, and the search engines installed are those that share their revenue with the Linux Mint project. This is the project’s search engine policy. This screen shot was taken from a window of Firefox, were Yahoo! is the default search engine.
Mint Search

If you install another browser, like Opera, for example, you’ll find that the developers have not bothered to extend that policy beyond Firefox. This screen shot was taken from Opera Web browser. All the popular search engines are installed, with Google as the default. And if you install the Chromium Web browser, only Google, Yahoo and Bing are installed, with Google as the default. Unless Clem and crew do not care about revenue from Web browsers other than Firefox, they might want to make their search engine policy uniform.
Opera Search Engines Cinnamon

Out of the box, the system default application setting are correctly configured, except for calendaring activities where Gedit is the default handler. Gedit is a simple text editor, so this is one setting you’ll be changing on a new installation of Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon.
Mint Cinnamon Default Apps

The removable media settings works as configured, ask you what to do when a new media is inserted.
Removable Media Manager

If the removable media is a digital camera, gThumb is the installed application available for use. It works just like Shotwell or any other image viewer/importer tool for digital cameras.
gThumb Photo Manager

For audio CDs Banshee is the default application. You can play your local music or browse (and buy, for paid media) online media sources, like Amazon’s MP3 Store and Internet Archive’s extensive library of books, e-books and movies.

In Ubuntu Desktop, The backup utility gives you the option of backing up your data locally or to an online storage service, like Ubuntu One (the default online storage service). You could also configure alternate online storage service, if you do not like Canonical’s offering. With Linux Mint, the backup application has no facility for remote backups in the same way that it is set up in Ubuntu, but you could set up an online storage service like Wuala, and use the local WualaDrive as the destination folder when setting up backup for the system.

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Longtime users of Linux Mint are already familiar wit its graphical package manager, but if you have never used any edition of the distribution, installing applications on the system can be accomplished from the command-line and from a graphical interface. Linux Mint’s graphical package manager is called the Software Manager. The main interface is shown in this screen shot. Do not be fooled by “63159 packages are currently available,” because a significant number of those packages are libraries used by command-line and graphical applications you use.
Mint Software Manager

Some of those real applications are games, and there are all types of games that you can install and play, all for free.
Games Linux Mint 14

For checking an applying updates to the system, there is a graphical package updater that does that job for you.
Mint Updater

By default, it is configured to check for updates every 15 minutes, but as I wrote in the beginning of this article, the system updater does not appear to be working as expected.
Mint Updater Settings

A note about the installer before I wrap this review up: Linux Mint 14’s installer is not based on the latest edition of Ubiquity, the Ubuntu installation program, so it does not have support for LVM, the Linux Logical Volume Manager, and full disk encryption (FDE). Keep in mind that even in Ubuntu, there is only partial support for LVM and FDE, as they are not manually configurable.

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Despite the issues highlighted in this review, I still consider Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon a very good distribution, though I have very serious concerns about its security posture. When a distribution’s core packages are not authenticated, that’s a serious problem. If you are running any edition of Linux Mint 14, be sure that packages are being authenticated before they are installed. If you get the warning message shown in the third screen shot in this review, bring it to the attention of the developers – file a bug report.

Resources: You may download installation images of Linux Mint 14 for your platform from here. “Release Notes” is also available from that link. If your choice of desktop environment is Cinnamon, but you want to try MATE without downloading an installation image of Linux Mint 14 MATE, install the MATE desktop by typing sudo apt-get install mint-meta-mate from a shell terminal. And if you are running Linux Mint MATE, but want to try the Cinnamon desktop from the same installation, typing sudo apt-get install mint-meta-cinnamon will pull in all the packages you need to run it. Keep in mind that both commands will use up an extra 380 MB of disk space.

Screen Shots: View more screen shots from test installations of Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon.

The Cinnamon desktop showing another wallpaper.
Linux Mint Cinnamon Desktop

With the Coverflow extension (not installed by default) you can have browse open windows via the Coverflow look.
Mint Cinnamon Coverflow

The desktop showing open windows in the active workspaces.
Mint Cinnamon Open Windows

Nemo file manager
Nemo File Manager


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23 Responses

  1. Finid:

    Nice tutorial you have here ! I’ll pass it on to others.

    Hey, I’m enjoying Mint9 on both my ancient desktop (’02) and my new compaq cq61 laptop – both using the Windows installer option.

    I’m updating the desktop machine, and as part of the installing the software updates it asks if I want to “configure Grub-PC”, which I’m not sure of the answer to. (Isn’t it already installed ? – or not necessary due to the Windows installer usage ?)

    It does have a checkbox for ‘continue without installing Grub-PC’ – what do you advise ?

    Many thanks,

    David Alan
    Windows Refugee, now enjoying Linux (& preaching it far & wide…)

    1. I’ve not had to deal with your particular situation. My guess is chose “No,” leaving GRUB as is. Usually when you get options like the one you are presented, it’s best to “Continue without ..” especially if you are not sure what the correct answer might be.

    1. If Mint 9 does not auto-configure your laptops NIC, then it must be a driver issue. Can you see an output for eth0 when you type ifconfig -a in a terminal?

  2. finally. i have it now. i dont know the faults but i kept on trying. i realized that my previous installer is isadora is KDE. i tried to download the gnome 32 bit and it worked. haha. i dont know why but anyway i am learning. maybe soon i will get used to linux mint.. thanks for some pages that helps. and also osgui helps me a lot. i think you all guys are working on linux. truly i can count on you anytime.. now im going to explore linux. maybe if i have question ill post it here again. hehe thanks a lot.

  3. i’ve already downloaded linux mint 9 kde 32 bit and burned it in dvd but i cant install it. can you help me?

    ( i’ve also downloaded linux mint 8 )

    will it work in my macbook?
    thanks for help

      1. Never mind, that happens to me too. Just fixed it . In the future, a space between the digit and the closing parenthesis takes care of that.

    1. Sure can. If the DVD burn was successful, that is, no errors, all you need to do is place it in your computer’s optical drive, and reboot or restart. If it does not reboot into Linux Mint, then you will have to go into the BIOS setup and change the boot device from HDD to CD/DVD. Once that’s done, then you should be able to reboot into Linux Mint.

      I’m not exactly sure if it will work on your Macbook.

      1. yep, thats what i usually do in installing new OS on my PC but when i had my macbook, i’m having trouble with that. haha. now i’m viewing some website about installing linux in macbook. haha, the procedure is kinda different. i’ll post here what will happen, hehehe. it might help some macbook owner who wants to try or use linux..

        thanks for help. God bless

      2. Finally, I’ve already installed Linux mint 9 kde 32 bit on my macbook. but i cant use my wireless LAN. can you help me with this.. thanks and God bless

      3. i did’nt noticed. my drivers were not installed. i am expecting it just like when you install win7 that all drivers were automatically installed using only the OS installation disc. hehehe. where can i download drivers for macbook compatible with linux? thanks

        1. Ordinarily, it should work out of the box, if the drivers for it are in the kernel. Since I have no experience with Macs (this former mac addict jumped ship after Mac OS 8.1), the only thing I can tell you is try installing the ndiswrapper package. Search for it in the Software Center, or using Synaptic. ndiswrapper is used to make Windows-only drivers work in Linux. It could help with your Mac, too.

          Keep me posted on your progress. I’ll like to know the outcome.

          Btw, if you have a wireless USB card lying around somewhere, see if it works. From my experience, any of the wireless USB cards are automatically detected and configured.

      4. atlast it worked on my macbook.. but i had a lot of struggles. hahaha. i wanted to use linux mint 9 but the drivers wont work. i tried helena and it worked. i dont know why, is there a wide difference between them? i like wine doors because i can install windows application with it but not really as good as in windows OS. as of now i’m reformat and do it all over again because some problem occurs in my mac. i think its in the disk because i installed linux repeatedly 3 times that causes a lot of partition. hahaha.. i’ll post more in my progress.. God bless

      5. just an update. im using linux mint 9 isadora 64-bit gnome now and it is working perfectly. though i’m still exploring it and studying some application. it is great. im using it with my white macbook. i used rEFIt so that i can choose mac os x or linux mint. (im free from windows now. haha)

        i also tried it on sony vios laptop but the effects doesnt work. also in hp mini. i wonder why? i tried it it my desktop and its been great.. soon im going to try it on a pentium 3 desktop. i hope it works. hahaha..

        maybe some advices and recomendations are great. nice to see this page. thanks and God bless…

        (it might encourage somebody to read this thats why i post this.)

  4. just a little thing – iirc the ubuntu/mint installer allows one of the things you missed even though it is only the smallest one: grub password protection. I think it’s hidden behind some “options” or “advanced” button somewhere wchich lets you choose where to install grub and st a pw if you like…..

    1. Actually, the “Advanced” button, which is on step 7 of the installation process, brings up a window that allows you to chose where to install GRUB. It has no facility for setting a GRUB password.

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