Now we’ve got the box booting correctly its time to install some useful pieces of software, and fix a couple of things that don’t work quite right out of the box. Your mileage may vary with this section, as some of the software choices are personal.
OK first golden rule of any Linux install, update all the existing software. As Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, which is based on Debian (uh, that’s enough …), then we use:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
… and go away and get a coffee, ‘cos on a 47 kbyte connection this takes a while. Actually make that a coffee, a visit to the gym and lunch.