Linux Mint 16 (MATE) after installation

Linux Mint 16 Mate

What you see in the picture, this is the working environment or work Desk MATE (fork/branch GNOME2) in Linux Mint 16. I hope you’ve installed it. So let start after the installation process.

1. System update
After the first login you will need to upgrade. Lower right system tray icon, you should see the icon in the form of a shield with a Latin letter i:

Linux Mint 16 (MATE) after installation

2. Activation driver
Computers, which are built one of the graphics cards, NVIDIA or ATI, it is advisable to activate its driver: Menu ->Administration->driver Manager

Enter the password, select one of the items in the list with the drivers, and then click Apply changes. Wait for the driver is loaded, and close the window. The driver will take effect after you restart the computer.

Note 1. This does not mean that it is now, you must restart the computer, no. Configure the system completely, maybe some other settings will also require a reboot. 
3. To Install Ubuntu Tweak
Don’t be confused with Ubuntu in the name of the application, since Linux Mint developed on a batch basis Ubuntu and Ubuntu Tweak works fine on both systems. This tool is not in the software Manager, therefore, to install you need to connect its own repository and then install.
Open a terminal (Menu ->System), copy and execute the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/next
sudo apt update
sudo apt install ubuntu-tweak
To open after installing Ubuntu Tweak: Menu ->Administration:

Ubuntu Tweak

4. To install the software center – App Grid
App Grid – new lightweight software center created by independent developers for Ubuntu, designed to create a simple and convenient interface of the search and install software from the repository.
Although the application was created for Ubuntu, it has successfully installed and works in Linux Mint, not conflicting with the default program Manager.
Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T), copy and follow this sequence of commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:appgrid/stable
sudo apt update
sudo apt install appgrid
After installation you will find the App Grid Menu ->Administration tools and can add a launcher icon to the favorites on the panel or desktop (right click):

Linux Mint 16 (MATE) after installation

5. To Install Caffeine
A quick note for those who are not yet familiar with Caffeine.
Utility Caffeine, which constantly be in the tray and click it – it keeps the system from running a screen saver, standby and sleep modes, and also to have the screensaver was not working during the film viewing.


Installing Caffeine
Open a terminal, copy and execute this command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:caffeine-developers/ppa
sudo apt update
sudo apt install caffeine
Perhaps when the package is installed, the terminal will give a message about some unmet dependency program. You can issue this command, which meets the required dependencies:
sudo apt-get install-f
After installation, open Caffeine Preferences:

Activate all pouty, and if necessary, add the following Process Name one or more applications, which will not fire screensaver. To do this, press the Add button and in the window that opens, Select the name of the process…, enter the application name, for example: firefox; google chrome, and opera, vlc, etc, but always in lower case (capital letters), and a dash, if the name consists of multiple words.

6. To Install Skype
Open Software manager and search Skype there:

Linux Mint Skype

Or run a command in the terminal:

sudo apt install skype
Than for x64 for run
sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-murrine:i386
for mint 13-15 try this

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs
7. Set indicator weather
My-Weather really good indicator for Ubuntu/Linux Mint with the automatic determination of your area and detailed weather information for a few days, and as a widget on your desktop:

Linux Mint 16 (MATE) after installation

Install it using the following commands in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao
sudo apt update
sudo apt install my-weather-indicator
Find after installation: Menu ->Accessories ->My-Weather-Indicator.
8. Install Compiz
To install a window Manager Compiz working environment MATE, detailed instructions HERE.
P.S. All system settings are now very conveniently located in one place: Menu ->control Center:

Linux Mint 16 (MATE) after installation

Good Luck!!!
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