The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Linux Mint


Linux Mint is often touted as the Linux distribution for beginners. It is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and used by millions of people. If you are new to Linux, Linux Mint allows you to start using it without a steep learning curve.

The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use. While it is based on Ubuntu, much of its interface has been redesigned to make it user friendly.

In this ebook you will learn what Linux Mint is, how to install it, how to use it, how to install software and many other key skills. At the end of this ebook you will be confident enough to step into the world of Linux (and Linux Mint).

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Table of Content


Chapter 1: Why Mint?

Chapter 2: Desktop Environment

  • Cinnamon
  • MATE
  • XFCE

Chapter 3: Installing Linux Mint

  • Make Your Backups
  • Get the ISO
  • Create Your Install USB
  • The Mint Installer
  • Restoring Your Files

Chapter 4: Navigating the Cinnamon Desktop

  • The Layout
  • Launching Programs

Chapter 5: Connecting to the Internet

  • Wired
  • Wi-Fi
  • VPN
  • Bluetooth

Chapter 6: Printers and Scanners

  • Printers
  • Scanners

Chapter 7: Software Management

  • Software Updates
  • Installing New Software
  • Upgrading to a New Release
  • PPAs and External Repositories

Chapter 8: Customizing Linux Mint

  • Desktop Background
  • Themes
  • Cursors and Icons
  • Customize the Panels

Chapter 9: Protecting Linux Mint

  • ClamAV
  • UFW
  • TimeShift

Chapter 10: Where to Get Support?

Closing Thoughts