5 Tiny Options of Linux Mint Cinnamon I’ve Come to Love

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Temporary: It’s FOSS reader Dave Merritt shares some hidden and ignored options of Linux Mint Cinnamon that he began to like. 

I’m typically requested by traumatized Home windows customers which Linux working system I might suggest. Till a yr and a half in the past I beneficial Zorin OS with out hesitation. Nonetheless, final yr at the moment, Zorin was nonetheless engaged on a significant re-write and couldn’t supply an LTS (long-term help) launch.

One of many issues of the Linux world is that distros nice and small come and go. So missing any certainty that Zorin could be prepared earlier than my model misplaced its help—or that Zorin would nonetheless exist—I downloaded Linux Mint Cinnamon 18 and have been utilizing and recommending it ever since.

5 options of Linux Mint I like

Linux Mint Features

Consequently, the final 18 months have been fairly boring for me: nothing ever appears to go mistaken with Linux Mint. Alternatively, it’s good to write down about issues that work properly. For this text, I’ll deal with 5 tiny and easy-to-use options that I’ve discovered to be very helpful. All come pre-installed. Which is good since utilizing Synaptic Bundle Supervisor or the bash line could be fairly intimidating for newcomers to Linux.

1. Nemo Preview

I’ve a big music assortment and sometimes make compilation CDs for pals. For those who’ve finished this your self, you’ve most likely seen that “achieve” varies drastically from CD to CD and from format to format. And whereas Brasero and most different burning apps can clean out small bumps it might probably’t do a lot concerning the extra wild inconsistencies that usually present up. And whereas the achieve on a single monitor is well adjusted utilizing Audacity, it’s laborious to inform how a lot adjustment is required in the event you can’t shortly examine it to a benchmark file.

Say you’re on the level the place if two tracks could be made to match, the disc will probably be excellent. My drawback right here is that my default music participant, Banshee, has to suck up a whole lot of albums from an exterior drive earlier than it’ll open and that takes a number of seconds. And as soon as up it might probably take a number of extra seconds to change forwards and backwards from monitor to trace. Full-featured music gamers merely aren’t designed to be nimble.

That is the place Nemo Preview is available in. It’s constructed into the Nemo File Supervisor and couldn’t be sooner or simpler to make use of. Merely click on on the file and hit “area bar”. If it’s an audio file, a micro participant seems and begins taking part in immediately. Hit “area bar” once more to shut it, click on on the brand new file and hit “area bar” once more, and also you’re listening to the opposite monitor. Nemo Preview additionally works on most different varieties of information, although not at all times with the identical blazing pace.

Nemo preview feature in Linux Mint
Click on the file and hit area bar
Nemo audio preview Linux Mint
A micro music participant will come up

2. Mint Menu Half 1 The “Uninstall” Characteristic

A couple of weeks in the past I used to be making an attempt to make a Skype name, however Skype wouldn’t open. This wasn’t the primary time this has occurred to me. It occurs each time Skype upgrades. Microsoft makes an upgraded model for Linux however makes no allowances for the elimination of the newly defunct model. Attempting to put in a present model isn’t all that onerous; the newest model is current within the Mint repositories and its simple sufficient to down a .deb file from the Skype web site. However in the event you overlook to take away the outdated model first, you possibly can wind up with two variations—solely considered one of which works.

For an skilled consumer, this may be simply solved two other ways. The redundant model could be eliminated utilizing Synaptic Bundle Supervisor, or by opening
Software program Supervisor, clicking on “present put in purposes”, looking it down after which eradicating it by clicking “uninstall”.

Nonetheless, the Mint Menu presents a far easier answer. Find the applying and “Proper-click” on the icon. This prompts a drop menu—which additionally permits you to create a panel or desktop launchers. Click on on “Uninstall” from the drop menu. This prompts Synaptic, prompting you to kind in your password. Lastly, a progress window will open, which is able to inform you when it’s finished (or will generally ask to permit sure different libraries to be added or eliminated).

Unintsall feature in Mint Menu

So, returning to the redundant Skype drawback, since each variations will seem within the menu, merely check after which “Uninstall” the one which doesn’t work.

three. Mint Menu Half 2 The place the heck did that Obtain Go? Use “Current Recordsdata” to seek out out!

Like each Linux OS I’ve ever used, Mint Menu has a “Current Recordsdata” possibility. This feature remembers not solely information you’ve created or used but in addition every little thing you’ve downloaded. A mistake I often make is addressing a obtain to the mistaken folder. Nemo has a good search operate however it might probably take time. It’s far simpler to discover a file’s location within the Mint Menu. Click on on “Current Recordsdata”, hover over the misplaced file and on the backside of the menu it’s actual location will seem.

Find file location in recently used files in Linux Mint
In Current Recordsdata, hover over the misplaced file and on the backside of the menu it’s actual location will seem

If the “Current Recordsdata” possibility doesn’t seem in your menu, that’s as a result of there’s an possibility to show it off to be able to defend your computing actions from prying eyes. For those who can’t discover it in your menu, go to “System Settings” and click on “Privateness”. You’ll see this display screen:

Activate Privateness in Linux Mint

Merely toggle it to “on” and regulate additional as fits your wants. (However bear in mind, if you choose “Always remember outdated information” your menu will take longer and longer to open as time passes and entries multiply.)

Access recently used files
Not too long ago used information could be turned on or off

four. Unattended Improve: An invisible good friend

For at the least a decade I’ve been an occasional consumer of “ClamAV”. It’s an open supply virus scanner for Linux. After I use it, it’s as a courtesy: Linux methods could also be resistant to all recognized Home windows viruses, however Linux customers can cross them on to methods which aren’t.

Anti-virus software program has distinctive wants: writers of malicious code don’t launch their work on a predictable schedule. So virus signatures are ever-changing. And moreover, the extra artistic mal-ware turns into, the extra artistic search algorithms should be.

However though ClamAV could be downloaded from most repositories, that was just about it. For those who needed to make use of you needed to manually replace first the engines, after which the virus signatures—and in that order, in the event you needed it to work correctly. Since these updates got here immediately from the creator’s servers, this course of may take a variety of time.

Whereas this was a trouble, it often labored—ultimately. And I can perceive why virus signatures ought to be up to date manually with each use—it might place an absurd burden on the repositories to maintain them present. However what I may by no means perceive why the repositories by no means despatched updates for the interface. In a decade of utilizing ClamAV on Ubuntu, Fedora and Zorin I by no means obtained a single replace.

I’m the kind of nosey-parker who examines each replace that comes my manner. One of many options of the Mint “Replace Supervisor” is that it supplies an outline of the merchandise in addition to a change log. Quickly after switching to Mint, one of many updates I bought was known as “unattended upgrades”. Oddly it lacked any such data. That’s as a result of “Unattended Upgrades” (together with “Mint improve” which I plan to look at extra totally sooner or later) isn’t actually a package deal. What it does is search your system for hardly ever used packages from official repositories and PPAs to verify even low precedence purposes are checked for updates as an alternative of—as traditional—being ignored.

Unattended Upgrades

Quickly after I obtained for the primary time ever updates for ClamAV. Above are my most up-to-date updates.

5. Sound Settings

This final built-in characteristic has little sensible worth, however it might probably however be a great deal of enjoyable. Most Linux methods include a restricted vary of built-in audio information to present you audible cues for numerous system states; log in, log off or notifications of latest emails, for instance. Linux Mint Cinnamon has gone to nice lengths to supply customers the flexibility to put in their very own sound scripts and to decide on which system occasions you’d like amongst them to inform you about. The one limitation is that customized sounds have to be in ogg or wav codecs. It’s additionally a good suggestion to nest them someplace in your house folder, although not completely essential.

Yow will discover and obtain system sounds everywhere in the internet. However in the event you’re feeling adventurous you possibly can simply make your personal. They are often verbal: merely document your personal voice—in case you have a webcam you’ve bought a microphone. You can too raid your music assortment. Utilizing Audacity you possibly can clip out a piece of a track, put it aside as an ogg or wav file and use the “fade in” and fade out” results to clean out the perimeters. Or you possibly can go actually loopy and use the wide selection of results. (My favourite is “Paulstretch”.)

When you’ve made your palette of sounds, set up is a breeze. Go to “System Settings”, scroll right down to “”, click on “Sound” after which “Sound Results”. From this menu, you possibly can add or take away sound results by toggling them on or off. By selecting the music icon you possibly can plug in your customized sounds after which you possibly can check them with the play icon.

System Sound Settings
System Sound Settings

A Few Caveats

The primary three options I discussed have been out there in Zorin 9, though I couldn’t discover them within the first launch of Zorin 12, they could have been added since. Not one of the first three options seem within the newest model Ubuntu Gnome. Lastly, for all I do know “Unattended Upgrades” is widespread a characteristic of all Ubuntu-based Linux Techniques today. However what I can say in whole candor is that in over a decade of utilizing Linux I by no means obtained a single replace for “Grub Customizer” or “Clamav” till I switched to Linux Mint.

About creator Dave Merritt: I’m a 59 years outdated, full­time landscaper and half­time PCmedic. I’ve been an avid Linux consumer for over ten years. In that time, I don’t declare to have made each doable mistake, solely most of them. I’m an enormous fan of prog rock, avant­ jazz and J S Bach, and luxuriate in studying Neal Stephenson and something to do with the foundational issues in trendy physics.

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