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Ten things to do after installing Linux Mint 18.3


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A couple of weeks ago, Neowin published a tutorial explaining to how to get your foot in the door of the Linux world. While it briefly touched on the post-installation process, the focus was mainly on installing the OS. With this guide, I want to run through the first ten things that are worth doing when setting up a new system, including installing some popular applications.


If you followed the previous guide, you should have a system running Linux Mint, with all the latest updates. In the following paragraphs, we'll cover what to do next.


Choose and configure the browser




The first thing you should decide upon is what browser you want to use; there’s a very high chance that you’ll be a Google Chrome user, if so head to the dedicated page and download the Deb package suitable for your system, whether that be 32- or 64-bit. Once the download is finished, click the Deb file like you would with a .exe on Windows, and follow the prompts to install Chrome.


Once installed, you can either start browsing right away, or sign in with your Google account; doing so will synchronise all your passwords, bookmarks, extensions, and other settings to the newly installed browser.


Unfortunately for some, Linux Mint comes pre-installed with a somewhat customised version of Firefox by default. To be fair to the Mint team, the customisations aren't overbearing, but you may want to change them. The first thing you’ll notice is the homepage, which shows the latest Linux Mint news and has a custom Google search. I personally like this homepage but feel free to change it.


The second customisation pertains to the search engine. Firefox in Linux Mint ships with the following search engines; Yahoo, Startpage, and DuckDuckGo. Yahoo, powered by Bing search, is the default search provider. The reason for including these search engines is because they provide financing to the Mint project whenever Mint users do a web search. If you want to change to another search engine, just head to the Linux Mint Search Engine page and follow the instructions. Keep in mind that searches using other providers will not help the Mint project’s financial position.


If Firefox and Chrome aren't your thing, there are other popular browsers available for download. Opera, Vivaldi, and newcomer Brave, are all available as .deb packages from their websites. The Software Manager for Mint also includes Chromium, which is the same as Chrome, but lacking some tracking features. There’s also Midori, a lightweight browser good for low-end machines.


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