Linux Mint is one of the best Linux distros for newcomers. Today I am going to share some effective and useful basic tips to do after just installing Linux Mint for the first time. All those tips and tricks will make your Linux Mint system more productive and user-friendly.

The tips I will be showing is not that difficult to follow as a newcomer rather it’s simple and easy to implement in the Linux Mint system. As Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu so you can also follow Best Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu and find some effective tips and trick for your Linux Mint System. Moreover, you can borrow some Tips and Tricks To Speed Up the Linux System from the Ubuntu Tutorials. And check whether it fits your system or not.

Best Things To Do After Installing Linux Mint

Linux Mint comes with total 4 variations like Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, XFCE. All the steps of this tutorial article can be used in any of the Linux Mint desktop environments which will definitely improve and increase the usability of the system. So let’s begin with the Top and Best Things To Do After Installing Linux Mint.

1.  Update and Upgrade The System

This is the fast and foremost step to do just after fresh installation of Linux Mint. This will ensure that your system has all the latest and upgraded software libraries and packages which will make the system stable and fix all the important security issues. Run the following command in the Terminal to update the system. And follow the onscreen instruction to complete

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

2.  Install Multimedia Plugins

Though Linux Mint comes pre-packed with various media player without multimedia codes, it cannot play media files. So to install media plugins and enjoy movies and music, run the following command one by one.

sudo apt-get install mint-meta-codecs

Or you can also install alternative Ubuntu Media Codecs

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
sudo apt-get install libavcodec-extra
sudo apt-get install libdvd-pkg

3.  Install Popular Software

You can install all the required software from the software manager but here I am sharing some best and useful applications install process through Terminal command.

  • Inkscape

This is one of the best graphic design software for the vector image. It’s a perfect replacement for CorelDRAW or Adobe Illustrator.

sudo apt-get install inkscape
  • Scribus

This is one of the best publishing software and a perfect replacement for Adobe InDesign or QuarkXPress.

sudo apt-get install scribus
  • Shutter

It’s a handy tool for screenshot capture. Run the following command to install it.

sudo apt-get install shutter
  • Install Clementine Audio Player
sudo apt-get install clementine
  • Install QBittorrent Client
sudo apt-get install qbittorrent
  • Install Aria2 Download Manager
sudo apt-get install aria2
  • Install Mozilla Thunderbird
sudo apt-get install thunderbird
  • Install old Mint wallpapers

Get all the previous amazing wallpapers for your system by using the following command.

sudo apt-get install mint-backgrounds-*

If you want to install more useful and essential software like google chrome, FileZilla, Java, Dropbox, google drive, telegram, vlc, gimp, skype etc then follow Best and Useful Ubuntu Software That Will Make You More Productive

4.  Improve System Power Management

Linux Mint is versatile and rock solid secure OS but sometimes the system may get overheated and provides low performances. You can install TLP and Laptop Mode Tools to improve the overall system power management and increases system usability with high optimized performances.

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  • Install TLP
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tlp tlp-rdw
sudo tlp start
  • Install Laptop Mode Tools
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install laptop-mode-tools

After installing, get the GUI for further customization by running the following command.

gksu lmt-config-gui

5.  Install Some Best Educational Software

There is a large number of free software available for educational purpose in the software manager. You can install all of those from the software manager but here I am sharing some top best educational software and how to install those through Terminal by using the specific command.

  • KAlgebra

This software is very small in size and useful for learning algebra and mathematics.

sudo apt-get install kalgebra
  • Kig

If you want to learn interactive geometry in 2D and 3D model drawing then this piece of amazing software is must have for you.

sudo apt-get install kig
  • GCompris

This is basically a game mode to teach the children about letters, vocabulary, math, science, and a little bit of computer. It is very helpful for children’s ages from 2 to 10.

sudo apt-get install gcompris
  • Marble

Marble is just like google earth which let the children learn about interactive 3D earth globe without any internet connection.

sudo apt-get install marble

6.  Install Themes and Icons

By installing themes and icons, you can change the overall traditional look of your system into something elegant and nice looking. As Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, so you can have a look on “All in One Best Ubuntu Themes that will Blow Your Mind” which is mainly written for Ubuntu but you can also use those magnificent Themes and Icons on your Linux Mint. And Learn How to Install Beautiful Linux Themes and Icons On any Linux Distros including your Linux Mint.

7.  Install Various Desktop Environment

Though Linux Mint comes in various flavors like KDE, Cinnamon, Xfce, Mate if you want to use any other desktop environments then follow Top 13 Desktop Environment for Ubuntu and How to Install Those. This article is written for Ubuntu but you can also install those on your Linux Mint.

8.  Speed Up Your Linux Mint System

Linux Mint is a secured OS and optimized for higher performances but sometimes the system gets slow and provides low performance after using a certain period. So here you can follow some best tips for speeding up the system by following 9 Awesome and Easy Useful Tips To Speed Up Ubuntu. It is written mainly for Ubuntu but similarly few tips are applicable for Linux Mint also as it’s based on Ubuntu.

9.  Install Backup Software

Here I will recommend you to use Timeshift backup software to take a full backup of the system image. This backup software does not only take system backup but also it lets you use that backup copy on others computer. So you can make a master copy distro and install that copy as many machines as you want. Run the following command to install the Timeshift.

sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install timeshift

10.  Clean up Linux Mint

This is last things to do after setting up all the above task. After updating, upgrading, installing various software, the system needs to get cleaned. Run the following command to clean up the unnecessary packages and libraries from the system.

sudo apt-get clean

Final Thought

Linux Mint is pre-packed and full-featured OS which can be used just after fresh installation. But to get the best out of this versatile Linux system, you have to implement all the above tips.

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Here all the tutorials step is tested on latest Linux Mint version but if you face any problem, let me know in the comment section. Before using any above tips, You must know how to revert back to the previous known good configuration so that you can restore if something goes wrong.

What Did You Do After Installing Linux Mint?

Did you follow all the things after installing Linux Mint? Or did you follow something else? Let me know your suggestions and experiences in the comment section. And share this tutorial with your other friends who use Linux Mint.

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  1. So is there are specific reason you are still giving “apt-get” in your instructions as opposed to the Linux-Mint recommend “apt”? e.g. “apt install xxxx” instead of “apt-get install xxxx”?

    • That’s the question I was waiting for. You are correct that user only can use “apt” instead of “apt-get” but intentionally i have given “apt-get” so that users who all are using older versions of Linux Mint can also use this command. Moreover there is no harm if you use old command on newer versions of Linux Mint.

  2. Strange thing… This article is from another site back in Oktober/November 2016 withe the Original NAME:
    Things to do after installing Linux Mint 18

    Fresh installation of Linux Mint 18 (Sarah) comes with plain systems, it’s not enough to make your Desktop as user friendly. We have to tweak & adjust some settings and install additional software’s to make your Desktop more easier as well as better for daily use.

    Bla bla bla.. So great work copying other peoples stuff and present it almost identical… NOT!

    • Thanks for your valuable comment. You are very correct that this content is taken from another site which was That site was also owned by me and now no longer exist. I have taken all the content about Linux and Ubuntu and made a new niche site “”. So now I am saying that no content is copied from anywhere, rather 100% written by me. I think i have made myself clear.

  3. hi,
    thanks for the tips. my first try at Linux.
    i installed mint 18.3 xfce but after did not install your tips update,upgrade and timeshift.
    So,reinstalled,connected wifi, then immediately updated and upgraded.
    Apps ra n and download manager.
    this install seemed to be missing one command.

    Install Laptop Mode Tools

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install laptop-mode-tools
    I was asked to run this after the last command above:
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure libdvd-pkg
    then everything ran
    thanks again for providing a necessary forum for a mint newbie.


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