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1.3 First Steps after reflashing to LMDE

In our last article, we reflashed our laptop and ended with the Linux Mint Welcome screen. In this article, we will review some important first steps to take after reflashing to LMDE. Here is the Welcome screen:

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Click on First Steps.

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The problem with the above screen is that some of these steps do not work well and others are in the wrong order. For example, there is a better way to install the Codecs. We will therefore close the Welcome screen and instead using the following steps.

First, go the Mint menu and click on System Settings which should be the third icon on the upper left. .

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Click Backgrounds where you can change your background image, add your own custom images and even set up a slideshow to play on your Desktop. Then click Effects. Turn off all the Effects. Then click Font Selection to increase the font size. Then click Themes to change themes for your panels and windows to whatever you want.

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Then click Date and Time. Turn off the 24 hour clock and turn on the date. Then click Desktop. Uncheck the Computer and Home to hide these buttons from your Desktop. Then click on the Screen Save. Change the Delay time to Never and turn off both Lock settings.

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Then click Power Management. Change the settings to Never and Shut down immediately. Then click Sound. Click the Sounds tab and turn off all of the sounds. Then click Settings to increase the maximum sound to 150%. Then close the Settings screen.

Then, assuming you are attached to the Internet with an Ethernet cable, click the Problems button in the right corner of the bottom panel:

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Click Install Language Packs.

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Click Install Multimedia Codecs. When done, skip the system restore. Click Ignore this problem. The close the System Reports screen.

Then click install updates on the bottom panel:

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Click OK.

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Click No to the Local Mirror. Then click Apply the Update.

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Click Install Updates. Click OK and enter your password. At the grub screen, select sda2

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Then click Next. It will end with note to reboot. So reboot.

Then go to Mint Menu, Software Manager

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Type flame in the search box. Install Flameshot (the top version, not the Flathub version).

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Then enter Bluefish in the search box and install Bluefish (the top version, not the flathub version). Then install Krita and Gpick.

Then close the Software Manager. Next, we will install an apt image called the Libre Wolf Browser. Go to this web page:

https://gitlab.com/librewolf-community/browser/linux/-/releases

Download the app image to your Downloads folder. Then create an apps folder and transfer the app image to your apps folder. Then right click on the file and click Properties. Then click the Permissions tab and check Allow executing file as a program.

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Then close the Properties screen. Left click on the Mint Menu and click Configure. Then click Menu. Then click Open the Menu Editor. Then click Internet . Then click New Item.

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Call it Libre Wolf. Browse to the app to select it. Then click on the icon to select an icon. Then click OK. Then add the app to the panel.

Customize your File Manager
Open your File Manager and click Edit Preferences.

Views tab: Change from Icon View to List View.

List Columns tab: Uncheck Type.

Toolbar tab: Check Computer, New Folder, Refresh and Home.

Then close File Management Preferences. Then refresh the screen.

Then in the lower left corner, click Show Tree View.

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Right click and click Add New Folder. Name it 0-my-images. Then close the file manager.

Add Debian Wireless Adapter to a Dell E6540 Laptop
One of the challenges of using Linux Mint Debian Edition is adding the wireless adapter. The wireless adapter various from model to model. You typically need to go online (attached to Ethernet) and search for a solution for your brand and model of computer. Many Dell computers, including the E6540 laptop, can be connected to a Wireless Connection after opening a terminal while connected to the Internet and copy pasting this command:

sudo apt install broadcom-sta-dkms

Then press Enter. Then enter your password and press Enter again. Then unhook your Ethernet cable and restart your computer. Then click on the Network Connections icon on the lower right corner of your Task Bar and click on the Wireless Connection you want to use. This will bring up a screen where you enter your wireless password. A small window should pop up after a few seconds letting you know you are attached to the Internet.

 

What’s Next?

In our next article, we will review how to upgrade and customize Libre Office.