Linux Mint Essentials


Linux Mint Essentials
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  • Learn to use Linux Mint like a pro, starting with the installation and going all the way through maintaining your system
  • Covers everything you need to know in order to be productive, including browsing the Internet, creating documents, and installing software
  • Hands-on activities reinforce your knowledge

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 324 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : May 2014
ISBN : 178216815X
ISBN 13 : 9781782168157
Author(s) : Jay LaCroix
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Open Source


Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Meet Linux Mint
Chapter 2: Creating Boot Media and Installing Linux Mint
Chapter 3: Getting Acquainted with Cinnamon
Chapter 4: An Introduction to the Terminal
Chapter 5: Utilizing Storage and Media
Chapter 6: Installing and Removing Software
Chapter 7: Enjoying Multimedia on Mint
Chapter 8: Managing Users and Permissions
Chapter 9: Connecting to Networks
Chapter 10: Securing Linux Mint
Chapter 11: Advanced Administration Techniques
Chapter 12: Troubleshooting Linux Mint
Appendix A: Reinstalling Mint while Retaining Data
Appendix B: Using the MATE Edition of Linux Mint
Appendix C: Using the KDE Edition of Linux Mint
Index
  • Chapter 1: Meet Linux Mint
    • Why choose Linux?
    • What is a distribution?
    • Is Linux hard to learn?
    • What Mint does differently
    • Releases and support
    • Mint-specific tools
    • Interacting with the Linux Mint community
    • Creating community and forum accounts
    • Meet the community
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2: Creating Boot Media and Installing Linux Mint
    • Which version to download?
      • The Linux Mint KDE edition
      • The Linux Mint Xfce edition
      • The Linux Mint MATE edition
      • The Linux Mint Cinnamon edition
    • The different methods of installing Linux Mint
    • Creating a bootable DVD
    • Creating a bootable USB flash drive
    • Testing your live media
    • Planning your partitioning scheme
    • The installation process
    • To encrypt or not to encrypt
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Getting Acquainted with Cinnamon
    • Getting familiar with Cinnamon
    • Logging in to Cinnamon
    • Launching programs
    • Monitoring tasks
    • Utilizing workspaces
    • Notifications
    • Creating launchers
    • Bundled applications
    • File management with Nemo
    • Configuring the settings of Cinnamon
    • Changing the default search engine in Firefox
    • Changing themes
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: An Introduction to the Terminal
    • Why should we use the terminal?
    • Accessing the shell
    • Executing commands
    • Navigating the filesystem
    • Managing files
    • The nano text editor
    • Reading manual pages with the man command
    • Searching for files
    • Using the watch command
    • Introduction to scripting
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Utilizing Storage and Media
    • Accessing removable media
    • Formatting flash drives
    • Mounting and unmounting volumes
    • Automatically mounting volumes at boot time
    • Analyzing disk usage
    • Understanding gibibytes versus gigabytes and mebibytes versus megabytes
    • Burning CDs and DVDs
    • Using the USB Image Writer
    • Understanding how Universally Unique Identifiers work
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6: Installing and Removing Software
    • Managing packages in Linux Mint
    • Using the Mint Software Manager
    • Installing new applications
      • Frozen Bubble
      • FileZilla
      • Minitube
      • Steam
    • Removing applications
    • Using the Synaptic Package Manager
    • Configuring software sources
    • Advanced package management
    • Keeping your system up to date
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7: Enjoying Multimedia on Mint
    • Understanding issues concerning codecs
    • Playing music files
    • Ripping an audio CD
    • Editing MP3 tags
    • Playing video files
    • Playing a DVD
    • Viewing photos
    • Editing photos with GIMP
    • Accessing your webcam
    • Recording your desktop
    • Summary
  • Chapter 8: Managing Users and Permissions
    • Creating new users
    • Changing passwords
    • Revoking access temporarily
    • Removing user accounts
    • Running commands or programs as other users
    • Administrative access via sudo and visudo
    • Understanding file and directory permissions
    • Modifying file and directory permissions
    • Summary
  • Chapter 9: Connecting to Networks
    • Connecting to a wired network
    • Setting up a static IP
    • Connecting to a wireless network
    • An introduction to SSH
    • Accessing your system via SSH
    • Accessing FTP servers
    • Sharing files with Samba
    • Sharing files with NFS
    • Summary
  • Chapter 10: Securing Linux Mint
    • Choosing secure passwords
    • Encrypting your home folder
    • Configuring and testing the iptables firewall
    • Installing and configuring ClamAV
    • Blocking access to specific websites
    • Backing up and restoring important data
    • Creating and restoring snapshots
    • Hardening your system
    • Summary
  • Chapter 11: Advanced Administration Techniques
    • Creating command aliases
    • Making aliases persistent
    • Killing processes
    • Setting up cron jobs
    • Preparing to move to a new release
    • Exporting and importing package lists
    • Using variables and conditional statements in Bash
    • Monitoring resource usage
    • Monitoring CPU temperatures
    • Sending system reports via e-mail
    • Summary
  • Chapter 12: Troubleshooting Linux Mint
    • Performing the initial triage
    • Troubleshooting in Software Rendering Mode
    • Diagnosing boot issues
    • Recovering data
    • Perusing system logs
    • Reinstalling GRUB
    • Testing the RAM
    • Pinpointing audio issues
    • Solving problems with networking
    • Solving slow frame rates in games
    • Getting help from the community
    • Summary
  • Appendix C: Using the KDE Edition of Linux Mint
    • Understanding the KDE desktop
    • Using Dolphin – KDE's file manager
    • Adding Plasmoids to the desktop
    • Discovering Mint KDE's default applications
    • Utilizing Activities and Virtual Desktops
    • Configuring network connections
    • Summary

Jay LaCroix

Jay LaCroix is a Linux Administrator with over 12 years of experience and nine certifications. He is a technologist who enjoys all things tech, including (but not limited to) hardware, software, servers, networking, and development. When Jay is not buried in a plethora of computer books, he enjoys photography, music, gaming, and writing. Jay is passionate about open source software, especially Linux, and its long-term adoption.

Jay is also the proud author of the self-published Sci-Fi novel, Escape to Planet 55.

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What you will learn from this book

  • Explore Linux Mint's functions
  • Configure and install the distribution
  • Discover the Cinnamon user interface
  • Manage user permissions
  • Understand how to launch programs
  • Learn how to use shell commands
  • Set up Mint Firewall to prevent attacks and explore disaster recovery
  • Play music and videos
  • Manage digital camera photos
  • Troubleshoot your Mint system

In Detail

Linux Mint is one of the most popular and proven distributions for beginners and advanced users alike. Out of the box hardware and multimedia support makes Mint your go-to choice for general computing. Its ease of use has transformed it into a celebrated Linux distribution.

This is an all-inclusive guide to Linux Mint, and will teach you everything you need to know in order to use a Linux Mint system. The book starts with the installation process and covers task-oriented topics such as browsing the Internet and installing software as well as shell commands. This guide walks the reader through installing and maintaining Linux Mint on a personal computer.

Using task-oriented examples, readers will journey through understanding what sets Mint apart from the competition, how to maintain it, and how to use it. Topics covered in the book include getting acquainted with Cinnamon, navigating the filesystem, software management, an introduction to the terminal, and more!

Approach

A task-oriented look at Linux Mint, using actual real-world examples to stimulate learning. Each topic is presented in an easy-to-follow order, with hands-on activities to reinforce the content.

Who this book is for

If you are starting out with Linux from a different platform or are well versed with Linux Mint and want a guide that shows you how to exploit certain functionality, this book is for you. No previous Linux experience is assumed.

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