Congratulations, you have installed a fresh Linux Mint 19.2 (code name: Tina), with the MATE desktop! What’s best so that you can do, to begin with? It’s quite a list, but it’ll offer you a polished, almost maintenance-free operating-system that you’ll be able to enjoy for years to come! Plus it’s also a crash course in the utilization of Linux Mint. Note: you’ll find only relatively safe tips and tweaks here, because I think that the reliability and stability of your operating-system should never be endangered.
This website is serious about Linux Mint, so my approach is conventional. I make an effort to mention it whenever some risk is inescapable, so that you can make a well balanced decision always. Note: this website is only designed for Linux Mint 19.2 with the MATE desktop environment; the page for the Cinnamon desktop is and the page for the Xfce desktop is here here. 1.9. Avoid 10 fatal errors! 4. Want more tips?
Tip: you can download a checklist here, which you are able to print in some recoverable format. Then you can strike the things that you’ve done. Are you uncertain what Linux Mint version you have? Note: through the updates you may be asked whether you want to replace a configuration file. Don’t replace it: although replacing is normally safe, it’s usually unnecessary.
Now connect an exterior USB hard disk drive or a USB pen drive to your computer. It will contain at least 10 GB free space. Click on the button Settings – Schedule. Configure Timeshift to make one-time snapshots only (so no scheduled periodical snapshots, because that’s superfluous and would cost too much disk space).
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Also configure Timeshift in Settings – Location, to place its snapshot onto the exterior USB hard disk or USB pen drive. This is useful to get one’s body ready to go quickly in case there is emergency again. Create the one-time snapshot. Remove and disconnect the external USB hard disk drive or USB pen drive. Store it safely: in case there is emergencies you can even restore the snapshot to your internal hard drive from within the “tryout” (live) session of the Linux Mint DVD (or live USB).
Reboot your computer (usually not necessary after upgrading your system, but take action this time merely to make sure). 1.2. Update Manager, the mechanism for installing software and the terminal are three very important tools. That is why it’s important that their settings are optimum. 1.2.1. Mint deviates from the Ubuntu way, where in fact the so-called “recommended” packages are worried.