We have our system running. Now, we will learn to get around, setup the graphics drivers, update the system,
and configure the wireless network adapters.
Linux Mint has a centralized Control Center that offers easy access to major
system functions. This is the best place to start configuring the system. Like all major applications, it is
instantly accessible from the Menu.
Linux Mint uses mintUpdate
as the centralized way of system wide updates. This
is almost identical to most modern distributions.
Linux Mint introduces a fresh way of installing your graphic drivers. It uses Alberto Milone's Envy
package, which turns the installation into a completely
painless and transparent process. Envy can be accessed via Menu > Applications >
System Tools > Envy
The application will allow you to either automatically or manually install/uninstall the required drivers and
will solve the missing dependencies for you. You'll have your drivers running in seconds and be able to enjoy the
built-in 3D desktop manager.
Wireless network adapters
Unfortunately, I cannot demonstrate the full installation, because I'm a classic man of wired network
persuasions, but again, Linux Mint comes forward with the ease of a breeze. In the Control Center, select
Windows Wireless Drivers
. This will launch the Ndiswrapper
All you need to is find the Windows wireless driver .inf
file somewhere on your
hard disk. And that's it. The long manual configurations are no longer needed. That's it.
Well, you have the full read/write NTFS supports, all the required media codecs, a 3D desktop manager, and a
truckload of great applications. Have fun.
Linux Mint is another solid, friendly distribution. It is geared toward new users, who will appreciate the
centralized approach, the almost fully automated installation and out-of-the-box experience. Envy and Ndiswrapper
are a particularly nice touch.
If you have followed this article through and hopefully installed and tested the distribution for yourself, you
have made yet another important step into the world of Linux - and learned some new things.
You have mastered a new distribution (and successfully overcome the partitioning woes). You have learned to
install programs from an archive, following text instructions. You have encountered and solved installation and
post-installation problems. You have tweaked system configuration files. You have learned to get around Linux
Mint. You should have strengthened your existing knowledge and experience of Linux. That's all for this time.
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