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Linux Mint Essentials [Kindle Edition]

Jay LaCroix

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  • Sprache: Englisch
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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!


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.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

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.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 13649 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 324 Seiten
  • Verlag: Packt Publishing (22. Mai 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00KJX441E
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Review by Jon Jermey: [...] 6. Juni 2014
Von Jon Jermey - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
Packt Publishing ([...]) is a technical book company based in Birmingham in the UK, although some of their employees appear to be located in India. They produce a wide range of books, mainly focused on Internet technologies. Their previous Linux-based productions include books on CentOS, shell scripting, Kali Linux, Arch Linux and Linux Mint administration. At 329 pages, Linux Mint Essentials is one of their longer efforts. The book is aimed at new users of Linux and Mint, It’s priced on the website at $A25.49 for an ebook edition in Mobi or EPUB, and $A49.99 for a print version with the ebook version included. Print and Kindle versions are also available through Amazon, and a print version through Barnes & Noble. I used the PDF and EPUB versions in writing this review.

The layout of the book is unimaginative but clean, and largely text-based. There are graphics – usually screenshots – every few pages, but not always at the most helpful points. The EPUB version makes better use of colour than the PDF and printed versions, but as usual it seems to have been regarded as a by-product of the printing process rather than a valuable format in its own right – straight quotes appear rather than smart quotes, for instance. Both versions have a hyperlinked tables of content and an index. The usual typographic conventions are used to indicate tips, tricks and terminal commands.

The book begins with an overview of Linux and distros in general, making a few of the usual odious comparisons disparaging Microsoft Windows and the Apple Macintosh system. I know this is a common tactic, and I’ve done it myself, but perhaps it’s time the Linux community just let it stand on its merits. There’s a tip of the hat to Ubuntu, but not to Debian. The release cycle is gone over lightly, and mention is made of the official support forums.

Chapter 2 starts with an overview of the various Mint ‘spins’ – MATE, Cinnamon, KDE and XFCE – and goes on to talk about creating and testing live media. (The semi-rolling release spin Mint Debian is not covered in the book.) The author takes us through the installation process step by step with a close attention to detail that may make the reader wonder why he said it was all so easy just a chapter ago. But this is probably the single most important section for new users, so it’s worth the attention.

In Chapter 3 we’re introduced to Cinnamon and its features – the program menu, panels, workspaces, notifications, themes and launchers – and get a brief overview of some bundled software. We meet Nemo and look at the system settings, and take a slightly off-topic excursion into changing the default Firefox search engine. Jay’s instructions are brief but clear, but given the cussedness of things in general, a new user will probably still want to have an experienced friend standing by when they try them out.

Chapter 4 takes us on to the Terminal, and I can’t help wondering how many readers will close the book at this point. Certainly anyone moving over from Windows has a right to be surprised and disappointed when they learn how much reliance many Linux users still place on the Terminal window. Jay covers it well, but perhaps this should have gone later in the book.

Chapter 5 covers storage and removable media, disk burning and UUIDs, Chapter 6 describes software installation and package management, and gets extra points for mentioning the extremely useful FileZilla package. Chapter 7 starts by describing codecs and goes on to talk about multimedia files and players. Banshee gets a mention but not, alas, Clementine.

Chapter 8 describes users and permissions, and again I wonder how relevant this will be to new users. Surely someone who needs to do this is going to be savvy enough to work it out for themselves. It’s also heavily Terminal-based – a sure turnoff. The same is true of Chapter 9, on networking. My experience of this stuff has always been that if it goes right you don’t need any help at all, and if it goes wrong you need far more help than a chapter of this length can possibly provide. None of this is a reflection on the author, though, who covers the material well. And FileZilla makes a return appearance.

Chapter 10 deals usefully with security, encryption, firewalls and virus protection. It goes over the Backup Tool, which I’ve never found a use for (non-incremental backups? You must be joking!) and gets way technical with image snapshots and system hardening, well beyond the scope of the new users at whom the book is mainly directed. Chapter 11 is a grab-bag of advanced administration techniques, which includes useful information about moving to a new release.

Chapter 12 – Troubleshooting – brings us back to earth with a bump. I would much rather have seen this earlier in the book, but the information is here and most of it is extremely useful. It has a section on resolving audio problems, for which Mint is well-known, not to say notorious.

There are three detailed appendixes. Appendix A covers retaining data during reinstallation or upgrades. Appendix B is about MATE and how it differs from Cinnamon, and Appendix C covers KDE – there’s nothing more on XFCE, however. The use of Appendixes to cover these spins means that non-Cinnamon users are going to be doing a lot of flipping back and forth, and it illustrates the chief problem that all of us have when writing about something as amorphous as a Linux distro; just what is inside the boundaries, and what is not?

Summing up, Jay has done an excellent job with the writing, and Packt has done an excellent job with the presentation. I only found one typo – ‘Formating’, on page 95. My main concern is that the new users who will benefit most from this book may find themselves rather overwhelmed by material that they’re not ready for and may never need to know. But there’s always a fine line between satisfying curiosity and inspiring imagination. And it’s precisely the elegant and intuitive design of Mint which makes it hard to say things about it that aren’t already obvious.

Disclaimer: I was asked to write this review by the publisher, but I have no financial connection with them and my opinions are my own.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen One of the most useful though almost hidden features of all Linux desktop environments ... 14. März 2015
Von Olivier Lecarme - Veröffentlicht auf
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The book consists of 12 chapters, plus three appendixes and additional front material. Its general layout is rather pleasant.

The first chapter, “Meet Linux Mint,” contains the customary self-advertisement about one’s distribution, found in all similar books. Mint is advertised as more popular than Ubuntu, but counting the number of questions asked about these distributions on some news website is certainly not a reliable technique. Also, presenting a distribution with only screen copies of its desktop is disappointing.

Chapter 2, “Creating Boot Media and Installing Linux Mint,” assumes that the reader knows Windows; everything is explained with reference to this system. Planning the partition scheme is often not explained at all in Ubuntu books, as this is considered too complicated for a beginner. However, this book demonstrates that this concept can be explained clearly and simply.

Chapter 3 presents Cinnamon, the desktop environment of Linux Mint, or rather one of the available desktop environments. One of the major goals of the people who developed Linux Mint was to provide an alternative to Unity, the new desktop environment defined for Ubuntu version 10.10, which was much criticized by Ubuntu users. In fact, Cinnamon can be used with Ubuntu in place of Unity.

One of the most useful though almost hidden features of all Linux desktop environments is the possibility of having several workspaces. This allows for several different screens with different applications running on them. Thus, you no longer need to minimize your current application in order to maximize another one. But several desktop environments, including Unity and Cinnamon, underemphasize this capability.

Chapter 4, “An Introduction to the Terminal,” is in fact an introduction to the shell. Explanations about the shell are well presented, but there is a gross error in explaining the find command by using an unquoted joker expression. Anybody testing the command shown will get an error message because the joker expression is expanded before the command is called. In fact, it seems that chapter 4 was shortened too roughly; thus, the script example is useless, and notations like the jokers or the “.” notation are not explained at all. Finding the proper balance between not frightening beginners and providing a useful reference is difficult.

Chapter 5, “Utilizing Storage and Media,” fills a need not frequently covered in other books. It is difficult to understand how to format a flash drive, especially because there is some confusion between using a graphical user interface (GUI) or not. This chapter is not suited for beginners; it should be shortened and moved to an appendix, as demonstrated by the space devoted to the universally unique identifier (UUID) concept.

To comment on all the chapters with the same level of detail would make this review much too long, thus I will simply summarize the rest. Some chapters simply explain how to install some new applications, presenting them with only a screen copy. Others, on the contrary, explain in a detailed way how to manage users and permissions, or how to set a static Internet Protocol (IP) address or share files using the network file system (NFS). Beginners will appreciate the first category of chapters, but they will miss detailed explanations about using the applications. Advanced users will find the explanations in the second category of chapters more interesting, but also rather shallow.

All in all, chapters about administration and advanced usage are more numerous than chapters about applications, and they provide welcome information since it’s rare to find all that in the same book. The weaknesses of Linux Mint are not hidden under the rug.

The appendices deal with using the MATE and KDE editions of Linux Mint, as well as with reinstalling Mint while retaining data. These are also very welcome, although once again the screen copies are not very useful.

All this means that the author managed to build an interesting and useful book about an interesting variant or derivation of Ubuntu.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Linux Mint essentials is a good written book 28. Mai 2014
Von Pieter - Veröffentlicht auf
The eBook (PDF) is a 12 MB download, Has a good chapter index and is clearly written. The title says its for Linux Mint but because its based on Ubuntu other novice users might be interested in the book to.

Its starts with the many way’s to create a boot disk and what I realy liked what kinda desktop and menu’s you want to use. For Mint you have the option to look at and work with four different desktop environments KDE, Xfce, MATE and Cinnamon. They writer explains the difference between the four choices.

After we have installed Linux Mint the book goes more into getting to know the Cinnamon environment because its most popular Mint flavour. At the end of the book the author takes the time to take a dive with you into MATE and the KDE version of Linux Mint.

My conclusion:

If you are a novice user or curious about the standard software, this book is for you. From chapter 11 on this gets interesting for the more experienced user. Its about securing, tweaking, updating and upgrading your Linux Mint version. Again, if you use an Ubuntu based Linux distro, this might also be learn full. Its well written and it will take you from a novice to a Linux Mint User who knows how the system will work.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Linux Mint Essentials provides a complete approach to the domain ... 16. August 2014
Von Hiarison Gigante - Veröffentlicht auf
Linux Mint Essentials provides a complete approach to the domain of one of the most popular Linux distributions.

His reading is enjoyable and your approach to teaching complex concepts makes everything easier, as users permission

The book covers topics from basic installation until as ways to make the system more secure

Also teaches notions of terminal, multimedia, networks, advanced techniques for system maintenance and how to solve common problems and more.

Finally, the book teaches the essential knowledge that every linux mint user should have.
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Very Good Book to have on this Subject. 20. Juli 2014
Von Dr. R. R. Dartt - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
Truthfully I haven't loaded this distro yet but I certainly intend to in the near future. I have already read this book and refer back to it as I progress in my understanding of Linux's various systems. I'm learning on LUbuntu first and then will switch over to Linux Mint Mate and Cinnamon as these two are what I really desire in my computer after Windows XP PRO.

Since this Book is up to date currently, it IS very interesting to me and easy to understand for the most part. Yes, I know that it is a costly Book but specialized information generally is. I certainly feel that its High cost is well worth the price. Thank you.
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