Configuring Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 (Betsy)

mintWell, once again I’ve taken this now clunky Gateway laptop down to the bare metal. After “upgrading” from LMDE 1 to a non working computer, I installed LMDE 2 (Betsy) and restored the files I’d backed up before the “upgrade”. Now I’m reconfiguring the system  and reinstalling the software. First step: Disable mouse pad auto-tap madness.

Ah much better. There must be a bad connection in my laptop, because every two seconds, the mouse pad was generating a click that screwed up this text. To get rid of that feature:

  • Select (Start) Menu/Preferences/Mouse and Touchpad
  • Click the Touchpad tab
  • Set Tap to click to OFF (or uncheck)
  • Set Vertical Edge Scrolling to OFF to prevent accidental scrolling

If you haven’t already, set up your wireless.

Next, fix the search in Firefox to use Google. Sorry, Mint, but Yahoo and duck duck go are unusable. Click in the search box, add Google to the list of search engines, then make it your default.

I spend a lot of time in the terminal. Here’s how I set the preferences:

  • Right click inside the Terminal window and select Show Menu
  • Select Edit/Profile Preferences from the menu
  • Uncheck Use the system fixed width font
  • Click the font button and dial the size down to 7
  • Change Cursor shape to I-Beam
  • Uncheck Use custom default terminal size
  • Set the size to 128 x 68
  • Click on the Background tab
  • Select the Solid Color radio button

Got rid of the awful auto-maximize feature where a window dragged to the top of the screen goes maximum width:

  1. Select (Start) Menu/Preferences/Window Tiling and Edge Flipping
  2. Uncheck Enable window tiling and snapping

Weirdly, git is not installed by default. It needs some configuration, too:

sudo apt-get install git
git config –global “
git config –global “Your Name

Here are some other tools I installed:

sudo apt-get install geany                    # A really nice text editor
sudo apt-get install qbittorrent
sudo apt-get install vim
sudo apt-get install vim-gnome        # For gvim

Configuring geany:

  1. Select Edit/Preferences from the menu
  2. Click the Interface tab on the side of the Preferences dialog
  3. Set the sizes down to 7 for the Editor, 6 for Symbols and Messages
  4. Click the Editor tab on the side
  5. Check Disable Drag and Drop
  6. Click the Indentation tab on the top
  7. Set Type to Spaces
  8. Click the Display tab on the top
  9. Set Column to 128

About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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