Linux Mint setup

For my own reference, here’s what I’ve been doing recently:

I used Abhisek‘s excellent Guide To Install Linux Mint 16 in Dual Boot With Windows to set up a new Mint installation on the same HDD as a Windows 8 installation.

I then set up my usual packages and config:

 Then I installed

 And I got Truecrypt and Dropbox, then took

 from AMD’s download site.

Seems to work ok so far. No games used yet; fine for running an Android emulator though.

A bit of fine tuning to reduce the Grub wait to 2s in /boot/grub/grub.cfg, then reduced the swappiness using

reducing the swap tendency to:

After a reboot, this could be seen by:

 Update: DoW: Soulstorm was working with Wine 64 bit 1.7.15 in XP emulation mode; now it isn’t. Switching to W8 emulation… nope.

Very nice guide on reducing mouse pointer speed beyond that which is allowed by the UI:

In my case the device ID had to be used.

One Reply to “Linux Mint setup”

  1. Timeshift as many have explained is designed to backup the file system only. It isn’t intended to be used to backup your personal files. Backintime is a good tool to backup your personal files. The default setting will select the first partition because if someone lets Mint install itself without setting specific partitions it will install everything on one partition. If you select a partition scheme like ( root, home,swap) then you would go into Timeshift settings “Location” and select either Home or an external device. On my Laptop partitioning scheme I selected four partitions (root,home,backup,swap) This is where you need to do a different setting in Timeshift. ANY other partitions other than home or swap is NOT excluded in the backup process and can make for a HUGE backup. So in Timeshift settings under Filters you will need to Exclude unwanted partitions and other Hard drives if any.

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