Complete starter's guide for Linux Mint. Linux Mint is "Linux made easy", or even "Linux for dummies". It's eminently suitable for beginners with Linux, and has become very popular because of that. Linux Mint is entirely free, so it won't cost you anything!
The simple and effective how-to's and tips on this website, will help you to have a smooth experience with (probably) the best and easiest Linux operating system available at this time: Linux Mint 20.3 Una, which is built on the excellent Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.
The how-to's, tips and tricks on this website are mainly written for Linux Mint 20.3 Una. But you can also use them for version 20.04.x of Ubuntu and its flavours, provided that you do this first (*click*).
One of the main goals of Linux is fun. So above all: have fun!
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You have to burn the .iso file on a DVD in a special way. Don't forget to check the iso.
A. Installation of Linux Mint
1. Linux Mint: ease of use above all. Select the right flavour for you!
2. Burn Linux Mint on a DVD in the right way
3. Computers with Windows 10 or 11: first configure them for dual boot
4. Install Linux Mint alongside Windows (dual boot)
B. Right after the installation of Linux Mint
1. Round off your Linux Mint 20.3 Cinnamon neatly: do these 10 things first
2. Round off your Linux Mint 20.3 MATE neatly: do these 10 things first
3. Round off your Linux Mint 20.3 Xfce neatly: do these 10 things first
4. Speed up your Mint!
5. How to clean Linux Mint safely
C. Re-installing Mint and upgrading an older Mint to 20.3
1. How to re-install Linux Mint easily
2. How to upgrade an older Linux Mint quickly and safely to 20.3
D. Linux Mint Xfce: for older computers
1. For older computers: Linux Mint Xfce
- Round off your Linux Mint 20.3 Xfce neatly: do these 10 things first
2. For really old computers: the legacy Linux Mint 19.2 Xfce
- Round off your legacy Linux Mint 19.2 Xfce neatly: do these 10 things first
3. How to adapt the panels of your Xfce desktop
More tips and how-to's for Linux Mint 20.3 can be found further down below (the sections H to L)
E. Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa
1. Speed up your Ubuntu!
2. How to clean Ubuntu safely
3. How to turn your Ubuntu 20.04 into Xubuntu 20.04
4. Install a cool additional update tool in Ubuntu 20.04
5. How to upgrade best from Ubuntu 18.04 to 20.04
F. Bodhi Linux
1. Bodhi Linux 6.0 LTS: a prince of the mini's
2. Round off your Bodhi Linux neatly: do these 10 things first
G. Raspberry Pi
1. Raspberry Pi: how to install Raspberry Pi OS (64-bit) with the Xfce Desktop
2. Raspberry Pi: how to install Xubuntu 22.04
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1. Avoid 10 fatal mistakes
2. How to install applications
3. Printers and scanners: how to install them
4. Security (about viruses and firewalls)
5. Wireless security (four popular myths and 12 tips)
6. How to create a secure password that's easy to remember
7. The Linux file system
8. 45 frequently asked questions (FAQ) - part one
9. 45 frequently asked questions (FAQ) - part two
10. 45 frequently asked questions (FAQ) - part three
11. 39 tips and tweaks (part one)
12. 39 tips and tweaks (part two)
13. How to clean Linux Mint safely
14. Speed up your Mint!
I. Printers and scanners
1. Install Samsung printers (all models)
2. Install HP printers (all models)
3. Install Brother printers (all models)
4. Install Canon PIXMA printers
J. Troubleshooting in Linux Mint
1. Dual boot install seems impossible
2. Solutions for some bugs in Linux Mint 20.3
3. Display problems
4. Sound problems
5. Internet connection problems
6. Boot loader Grub: how to repair, adapt or remove it
6.1. Repair Grub for Windows 10 or 11 computers (EFI or UEFI)
7. Forgotten password: what to do
8. Windows 7 won't boot anymore
9. Windows 10 or 11 won't boot anymore
10. Software sources list: how to repair it
11. SiS 771/671 graphics: how to tame it
K. Popular applications in Linux Mint
1. Update Manager: understand and optimize it
2. Firefox: tweak it right
3. Chrome: make it even better
4. Libre Office: configure it well
5. Network Manager: how to connect to a VPN
6. Wine: use Windows applications in Linux (discouraged!)
7. inxi: everything you need to know about your computer
8. Java: how to install it in Linux Mint, Ubuntu and Debian
9. How to migrate your e-mail from Windows to Linux
1. Give the Grub menu a holiday picture for background
2. SSD: optimize your Solid State Drive for Linux Mint 20.3
3. How to install the latest Nvidia driver for your video card
4. System hacks for advanced Linux Mint users
5. How to install a free legal Windows in VirtualBox
6. Conky: monitor your system
7. Run your web browser from within a secure sandbox
8. How to install the latest AMD video driver
9. How to help with translating
10. How to automatically execute a root command at startup
11. The factory: draft tips that are still rough and unpolished
M. Tips for all Linux distributions
Tips for all Linux distro's
N. Routers and wireless internet
1. Wireless security (four popular myths and 11 tips)
2. Amplify the wireless signal of your router
3. Set up a second router in your home
4. Reduce electromagnetic radiation of computing devices
5. Install Tomato or FreshTomato on your router
6. Put DD-WRT on your router
O. Various matters
1. Replace your Windows 7 quickly by an easy and free Linux
2. Survive hard times: a buyer's guide for a personal economic crisis
3. Warning for writers: nasty experience writing for No Starch Press
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The content of this website is a translation of some of the content of my Dutch website. My Dutch website contains even more tips and how-to's for Ubuntu and Linux Mint. So if you're able to read Dutch (or Afrikaans, which is closely related to Dutch), you might want to take a look there, too.
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