Linux Mint installation usually comes with all the applications you would need to attend to your daily computing needs and settings are set in a manner that would somehow be pleasant for everyone. But why not customize it so that it would be a perfect fit to your needs and your personality.
Add / Remove Applications
As a starting point, it is best to install / uninstall applications from the Software Manager since this would categorically list thousands of applications you could install on your system. Here's how it goes:
- Go to Menu >> Software Manager.
- Browse the categories until you reach your desired application. (You could also simply type the name of the application in the search bar located in the upper-right corner of Software Manager)
- Click on the application.
- Click Install or Remove as the case may be.
- Go to Menu >> Terminal.
- Type "sudo apt-get install name_of_application" (e.g. sudo apt-get install firefox)
- Enter your password. (The password for your system. This is the one that you've set upon installation)
- Typing the command above would update an application if it is already installed.
- To uninstall application using the Terminal, just replace install with uninstall (e.g. sudo apt-get uninstall firefox)
- Whenever you are asked to type your password, you may notice that it do not seem to be typing but believe me it does. It is just hidden for security purposes.
Customizing the look and feel of your system what is included in the "Freedom" that I am referring to in my earlier post: Shifting to Linux.
You can do this by changing settings in Menu >> Preferences >> Appearance
Here are other tweaks:
Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation