Complete starters' guide for Linux Mint and Ubuntu: both are "Linux made easy", or even "Linux for dummies". They are eminently suitable for beginners with Linux, and have become very popular because of that. Both are entirely free, so they won't cost you anything!
Tip: beginners with Linux usually find Linux Mint even easier than Ubuntu.
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The simple and effective how-to's and tips on this website, will help you to have a smooth experience with (maybe) the best Linux available at this time: Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr and Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela (which is built upon Ubuntu 14.04).
Note: Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr is much better than the newer Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet!
Because 14.04 is an LTS release (just like Linux Mint 17.x, as that's built upon 14.04), while 15.04 is only a short-lived intermediate release. Read here why this difference is important.
That's why 15.04 isn't supported on this website.
One of the main objectives of Linux is fun. So above all: have fun!
Click on a blue button for your free copy of Linux Mint or Ubuntu:
Linux Mint 17.2 LTS with Cinnamon (64 bit for modern computers):
Linux Mint 17.2 LTS with Cinnamon (32 bit for older computers):
Linux Mint 17.2 LTS with Xfce (lightweight for old computers, 32 bit):
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (the best Ubuntu, better than 15.04):
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
- How to burn an Ubuntu iso on a DVD
You can get even more editions of Linux Mint 17.2 by clicking the links below (but please read this selection help first):
32-bit Linux Mint 17.2 with Mate
64-bit Linux Mint 17.2 with Mate
64-bit Linux Mint 17.2 with Xfce
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 17.2 Cinnamon neatly: do these 10 things first
2. Round off your Linux Mint 17.2 Mate neatly: do these 10 things first
3. Round off your Linux Mint 17.2 Xfce neatly: do these 10 things first
4. Make Mint run faster
5. How to clean Linux Mint safely
More tips and how-to's for Linux Mint 17.2 are in the column on the right (the sections J to N)
C. How to upgrade Linux Mint 17.1 to 17.2
1. How to upgrade Linux Mint 17.1 quickly and safely to Linux Mint 17.2
D. Linux Mint 13 Xfce: for very old computers
1. Linux Mint 13 Xfce: a fine replacement for Windows XP
2. Round off your Linux Mint 13 Xfce neatly: do these 10 things first
E. Installation of Ubuntu
1. Choose the right Ubuntu version for you
2. Burn the Ubuntu image on a DVD in the right way
3. Windows 8 and 8.1 computers: first configure them for dual boot
4. Install Ubuntu 14.04 alongside Windows (dual boot)
F. Right after the installation of Ubuntu
1. Round off Ubuntu 14.04 neatly: do these 10 things first
2. Speed up your Ubuntu!
3. Multimedia: install full audio and video support for Ubuntu
4. How to migrate your e-mail from Windows to Linux NEW!
5. Want a more traditional desktop for Ubuntu?
G. Re-installing and upgrading Ubuntu
1. Upgrade smoothly from previous Ubuntu versions to 14.04
2. How to re-install Ubuntu easily
More tips and how-to's for Ubuntu are in the column on the right (the sections J to N)
H. Xubuntu: a lightweight family member of Ubuntu
1. Xubuntu 14.04 LTS: a classic beauty
2. Round off your Xubuntu 14.04 neatly: do these 10 things first
3. Adapt the panels of Xubuntu 14.04
I. Lubuntu: an extra lightweight family member of Ubuntu
1. Lubuntu 14.04 LTS: the king of the mini's
2. Round off your Lubuntu 14.04 neatly: do these 10 things first
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J. General (Linux Mint and Ubuntu)
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 11 tips)
6. How to create a good password
7. The Linux file system
8. 22 frequently asked questions (FAQ)
9. 31 tips and tweak (part one, 1-20)
10. 31 tips and tweaks (part two, 21-31)
11. How to clean Ubuntu safely
12. How to clean Linux Mint safely
K. Specific hardware (Linux Mint and Ubuntu)
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 and Ubuntu
1. Dual boot install seems impossible
2. Solutions for 16 bugs in Ubuntu 14.04 and Linux Mint 17.2
3. Linux Mint: easy generic solutions for some problems
4. Display problems
5. Sound problems
6. Internet connection problems
7. Boot loader Grub: how to repair, adapt or remove it
7.1. Repair Grub for Windows 8 computers (EFI or UEFI)
8. Forgotten password: what to do
9. Windows 7 won't boot anymore
10. Windows 8.x or 10 won't boot anymore
11. Software sources list: how to repair it
M. Popular applications in Linux Mint and Ubuntu
1. Java: how to install it in Linux Mint, Ubuntu and Debian
2. Firefox: tweak it right
3. Chrome and Chromium: make them even better
4. Libre Office: configure it well
5. Network Manager: how to connect to a VPN
6. Wine: use Windows applications in Linux (discouraged!)
7. Gigolo: access your network disk (NAS)
8. Thunderbird: how to use it for Gmail
9. Linux Mint: how to improve Update Manager
N. Advanced (Linux Mint and Ubuntu)
1. Give the Grub menu a holiday picture for background
2. SSD: optimize your Solid State Drive for Linux Mint, Ubuntu and Debian
3. Install the latest microcode for your CPU
4. Turn your Ubuntu 14.04 into Xubuntu 14.04
5. How to manually install an Nvidia driver for your video card
6. System hacks for advanced Linux Mint users
7. How to install a free legal Windows in VirtualBox
O. Tips for other Linux distributions
1. Oracle (Sun) Java JRE for openSUSE and Fedora
2. Solid State Drive (SSD): optimize it for openSUSE
3. Tips for all Linux distro's
4. Android: improve security with five measures
5. Install a new Android on your Samsung Galaxy Gio
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 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 the economic crisis
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