Installing Linux Mint - Page 3

Completing installation & Basic configurations

Once the installation is complete, remove the CD from the tray and restart the computer.

Linux Mint installation complete

After you restart the computer, you will see the GRUB menu. The default timeout is only 5 seconds, but you can change that later if you want.

Linux Mint GRUB menu

After several moments, you'll reach the login screen.

Linux Mint login

The first time you log in, the Linux Mint assistant will pop and ask you a number of questions.

Linux Mint assistant

First, you will be asked if you wish to setup the root account. Like Ubuntu, Linux Mint offers full sudoing without the root account. This increases security and therefore, enabling the root account is not recommended. Indeed, you should not enable the root account unless you really feel like it.

Lnux Mint root

Next, you'll be asked whether to enable fortunes in the terminal windows - geeky quotes that are in the best spirit of Linux. It's entirely up to you to decide if you want or need them.

Linux Mint fortunes

You will be asked to approve your choices.

Linux Mint assistant summary

That should complete the assistant setup.

Linux Mint assistant finished

You will now reach an elegant desktop.

Linux Mint desktop

Installation of VMware Tools (valid for VMware Server virtualization only)

Since this install is being done inside a virtual machine, the first thing we will do now is install VMware Tools, a set of drivers that enhances the performance of the guest operating system. If you are installing Linux Mint on physical hardware, you can skip this step. However ...

I recommend you do not skip and read through carefully. While the exercise focuses on VMware Tools, it also demonstrates the use of the command line and the installation of some critical system packages using both the command line and the GUI.

All in all, the goal of this procedure is to:

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