Quick Linux primer, some useful commands to get started with Linux Mint 13.

If you are just getting started with Linux, then this will be helpful. If you are moving from an Ubuntu installation to a Linux Mint one, then you will need to download an ISO image from here: http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php/ then burn it to a DVD. The command below will use the wodim command to burn the image to a disk.

C:\MEDIA\ELEMENTS\FILES\ISOS> sudo wodim -speed=8 -v linuxmint-13-mate-dvd-64bit.iso

After the installation, you will need to install any pending updates. The below command will take care of this.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

There is a nice tip here showing how to disable desktop icons on the Linux Mint 13 MATE desktop: http://www.securitronlinux.com/linux-mint-2/disable-desktop-icons-on-the-linux-mint-13-mate-desktop-very-easy-with-the-configuration-editor/.

And how to re-install the Linux Mint GRUB bootloader if another Linux installation overwrites it: http://www.securitronlinux.com/bejiitaswrath/re-installing-the-grand-unified-boot-loader-grub2-in-linux-mint-13/.

I have a Mint tips page here: http://www.securitronlinux.com/linux-mint-13-maya-tips-and-configuration-tips-for-setting-up-your-new-installation/, this has quite a few tips to help with various problems encountered whilst using Linux Mint 13.

To install Google Earth on Linux Mint 13, download the appropriate *.deb files here: http://www.google.com/earth/download/ge/agree.html and then navigate to the ~/Downloads folder in a terminal and type the command below.

C:\HOME\FLYNN\DOWNLOADS> sudo dpkg -i google-earth-stable_current_amd64.deb

The installation will complain about missing dependencies, to fix this type sudo apt-get -f install and the dependencies will be resolved.

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