Easy Linux tips for beginners and for advanced users

Complete starters' guide for Linux Mint. Linux Mint is "Linux made easy", or even "Linux for dummies". It's eminently suitable for beginners with Linux, and has become very popular because of that. Linux Mint is entirely free, so it won't cost you anything!

The simple and effective how-to's and tips on this website, will help you to have a smooth experience with (probably) the best and easiest Linux operating system available at this time: Linux Mint 19 Tara (which is built on the excellent Ubuntu 18.04 LTS).

The how-to's, tips and tricks on this website are mainly written for Linux Mint 19. But you can also use them for version 18.04.x of Ubuntu and its flavours, provided that you do this first (*click*).

Tip: you can also visit this website by means of this shortened web address: tinyurl.com/easylinuxtips
That's easier to remember....

One of the main goals of Linux is fun. So above all: have fun!
Click on a blue button for your free copy of Linux Mint:

Linux Mint 19 with Cinnamon (for modern computers, 64-bit):

Linux Mint 19 with MATE (the alternative, 64-bit):

Linux Mint 19 with Xfce (lightweight for old computers, 64-bit):

Note: you have to burn the .iso file on a DVD in a special way:

- How to burn a Linux Mint ISO on a DVD

You can check the iso that you've downloaded, in the following way.

A. Installation of Linux Mint

1. Linux Mint: ease of use above all. Select the right flavour for you!

2. Burn Linux Mint on a DVD in the right way

3. Computers with Windows 8.x or 10: first configure them for dual boot

4. Install Linux Mint alongside Windows (dual boot)

B. Right after the installation of Linux Mint

1. Round off your Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon neatly: do these 10 things first

2. Round off your Linux Mint 19 MATE neatly: do these 10 things first

3. Round off your Linux Mint 19 Xfce neatly: do these 10 things first

4. Speed up your Mint!

5. How to clean Linux Mint safely

C. Re-installing Mint and upgrading an older Mint to 19

1. How to re-install Linux Mint easily

2. How to upgrade an older Linux Mint quickly and safely to 19

D. Linux Mint Xfce: for older computers

1. For older computers: Linux Mint Xfce

   - Round off your Linux Mint 19 Xfce neatly: do these 10 things first

2. For really old computers: Linux Mint 18.1 Xfce

   - Round off your Linux Mint 18.1 Xfce neatly: do these 10 things first

More tips and how-to's for Linux Mint 19 are in the column on the right (the sections J to N)

F. Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

1. Round off Ubuntu 18.04 neatly: do these 10 things first

2. Speed up your Ubuntu!

3. How to clean Ubuntu safely

4. How to turn your Ubuntu 18.04 into Xubuntu 18.04

5. How to upgrade best from Ubuntu 16.04 to 18.04

H. Xubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

1. Xubuntu 18.04 LTS: a classic beauty

2. Round off your Xubuntu 18.04 neatly: do these 10 things first

3. Adapt the panels of Xubuntu

I. Lubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

1. Lubuntu 18.04 LTS: a prince of the mini's

2. Round off your Lubuntu 18.04 neatly: do these 10 things first

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About the content

The content of this website is a translation of some of the content of my Dutch website. My Dutch website contains far more tips and how-to's for Ubuntu and Linux Mint. So if you're able to read Dutch (or Afrikaans, which is closely related to Dutch), you might want to take a look there, too.

About the author

The author of these pages.

(Continued in the column on the right)

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J. General

1. Avoid 10 fatal mistakes

2. How to install applications

3. Printers and scanners: how to install them

4. Security (about viruses and firewalls)

5. Wireless security (four popular myths and 12 tips)

6. How to create a secure password that's easy to remember

7. The Linux file system

8. 37 frequently asked questions (FAQ) - part one

9. 37 frequently asked questions (FAQ) - part two

10. 36 tips and tweaks (part one)

11. 36 tips and tweaks (part two)

12. How to clean Linux Mint safely

K. Specific hardware

1. Install Samsung printers (all models)

2. Install HP printers (all models)

3. Install Brother printers (all models)

4. Install Canon PIXMA printers

L. Troubleshooting in Linux Mint

1. Dual boot install seems impossible

2. Solutions for 24 bugs in Linux Mint 19

3. Display problems

4. Sound problems

5. Internet connection problems

6. Boot loader Grub: how to repair, adapt or remove it

      6.1. Repair Grub for Windows 10 computers (EFI or UEFI)

7. Forgotten password: what to do

8. Windows 7 won't boot anymore

9. Windows 8.x or 10 won't boot anymore

10. Software sources list: how to repair it

M. Popular applications in Linux Mint

1. How to migrate your e-mail from Windows to Linux

2. Java: how to install it in Linux Mint, Ubuntu and Debian

3. Firefox: tweak it right

4. Chrome and Chromium: make them even better

5. Libre Office: configure it well

6. Network Manager: how to connect to a VPN

7. Wine: use Windows applications in Linux (discouraged!)

8. Gigolo: access your network disk (NAS)

9. Thunderbird: how to use it for Gmail

10. Update Manager: understand and optimize it

N. Advanced

1. Give the Grub menu a holiday picture for background

2. SSD: optimize your Solid State Drive for Linux Mint 19

3. How to install the latest Nvidia driver for your video card

4. System hacks for advanced Linux Mint users

5. How to install a free legal Windows in VirtualBox

6. Conky: monitor your system

7. Run your web browser from within a secure sandbox

O. Tips for all Linux distributions

Tips for all Linux distro's

P. Routers and wireless internet

1. Wireless security (four popular myths and 11 tips)

2. Amplify the wireless signal of your router

3. Set up a second router in your home

4. Reduce electromagnetic radiation of computing devices

5. Install Tomato or Tomato RAF on your router

6. Put DD-WRT on your router

Q. Various matters

1. Windows XP: replace it quickly by an easy and free (no cost) Linux

2. Survive hard times: a buyer's guide for a personal economic crisis

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