Things to do after installing Linux Mint 15 MATE

I have installed Linux Mint 15 MATE on my desktop for a few weeks and in my opinion, this release is nearly perfect so I didnt change much from the default settings.

However, for the new users of Linux Mint 15 MATE, if you need some ideas about what to do after installing the distro, here are some suggestions you can try.

1. Upgrade system and update packages

This is the first thing you need to do after installing any distro. On Linux Mint 15 MATE, there will be a shield icon on the bottom panel, click on it, enter the password and the Update Manager window will appear. On this window you will see the packages that need to be updated, click on the “Install Updates” button and wait for the system to complete the task. You can also select which packages you want to update first if you have a slow internet connection.

You can also update the system via the command line. Just open the terminal then run the following commands:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

2. Check for available proprietary driver

If you use a dedicated video card, you may need to install the proprietary driver for it. Although the open-sourced driver still works, the proprietary one is always more stable and has a better performance in my opinion. To check for available proprietary drivers, open the Mint menu, go to control center then Additional Drivers then select the driver to install.

After the driver is installed, you need to reboot your computer.

3. Install dconf-tools

In the old versions of Linux Mint MATE, you can use mateconf-editor to tweak the settings. However, in Linux Mint 15 mateconf-editor is replaced with gsettings so you will need dconf-tools for tweaking. To install dconf-tools, open the terminal then run the following command:
sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

After you got dconf-tools installed, you can launch dconf-editor and you can tweak a lot of things in your MATE system from there.

4. Change the search engines of Firefox

Linux Mint ( both MATE and Cinnamon) uses DuckDuckGo and Yahoo Search as the default search engines for Firefox. Some people love these search engines, some still want to use the good old Google. Here is how you change the search engines of Firefox in Linux Mint 15 in to Google.

To change Yahoo search in the search bar to Google, you use Firefox to visit this

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