Mint 15 (Olivia) Cinnamon

Installation

Here are the steps I took to get what you are looking at, starting with only an installation of Kubuntu 13.04 which I wished to keep:

  1. From Kubuntu, I took note of what is where and what is available for installation. In my case,
    df
    sudo fdisk -l
    produced this:
    df
    
    ...
    /dev/sda5         ext4       96G  7.4G   84G   9% /
    /dev/sda6         ext4       96G  0.1G   96G   1% /spare
    /dev/sda8         ext4       84G   39G   42G  48% /extra
    
    sudo fdisk -l
    
    ...
    /dev/sda4       645349374  1250260991   302455809    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sda5       645349376   850149375   102400000   83  Linux
    /dev/sda6       850151424  1054952205   102400391   83  Linux
    /dev/sda7      1054953472  1071337471     8192000   82  Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda8      1071339520  1250260991    89460736   83  Linux
    
    The unused /dev/sda6 was where I wanted to install Mint.
  2. Installed Mint Linux Cinnamon 64-bit from the DVD. Very straightforward—it automatically set up grub to triple-boot the Original Win7 (which I’ve never used), Kubuntu 13.04, and Mint 15.
  3. Brought system up to date:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
  4. Installed preferred programs not on the DVD, using apt-get install or synaptic:
  5. Edited /etc/fstab, adding the following lines so partitions would mount automatically from now on:
    /dev/sda5              /kubuntu ext4  relatime,users,auto    0 0
    /dev/sda8              /extra   ext4  relatime,users,auto    0 0
    dell:/home/dierdorf    /dell    nfs   relatime,users,noauto  0 0
    gw:/home/dierdorf      /gw      nfs   relatime,users,noauto  0 0
    
    As you can see from the device names (the first column), /kubuntu and /extra are partitions on this laptop, while /dell and /gw are partitions on machines elsewhere in the universe.
  6. Accessed these directories and set up a link to my Kubuntu home directory:
    sudo mkdir /kubuntu /extra
    sudo mount /kubuntu
    sudo mount /extra
    sudo mount /gw
    sudo mount /dell
    mkdir ~/jd
    ln -s /kubuntu/home/dierdorf ~/jd
    Note that the “auto” in /etc/fstab means that /kubuntu and /extra will be mounted at boot time in the future, whereas the “noauto” will require manual mounting any time I want /dell or /gw.
  7. Copied files from my Kubuntu installation into home directory — .zshrc, .vimrc, .emacs, .alias, etc.
    cd jd
    cp .alias ... ~
  8. Ran the .alias file to give me access to my aliases and functions:
    . ./.alias
  9. Made zsh my default shell and started running it, now that .zshrc and .alias were available:
    sudo chsh -s /usr/bin/zsh
  10. Copied directories from Kubuntu into home directory — .fonts, words, homepage, etc. into home directory.
    cd jd
    cp -a words ... ~
  11. Set background image:
    System Settings-->Appearance-->Background
  12. Set up preferred icons on desktop.
    Right-click on any icon in Menu-->Add To Desktop
  13. Set bottom panel to autohide:
    Right-click on panel, Panel Settings-->Autohide

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