I have Linux Mint 17.3 (MATE) on a USB and ready to go. Just finishing up some stuff before I pave over XP with Mint. I went with 17.3 (for stability) simply because there are so many things I don't know or I'm not familiar with yet. I figure most of the necessary updates have been applied and most of the bugs should be well known by now. That should make the transition just a little smoother for now.
I've been doing some research for about 24 hours and between a combination of blogs and YouTube I've come up with a list of things I should probably do right after a fresh Linux install. Some of these things may not apply to all distros, but many should.
So here's the combined and edited list I've come up with. I'm hoping you guys and gals could give me some input on your process of stepping things up after a new install, and also the order in which you do those things.
- UPDATE THE SYSTEM
- TURN ON THE FIREWALL
- REMOVE MONO AND ORCA (???)
- INSTALL UBUNTU-RESTRICTED-EXTRAS
- INSTALL MISSING DRIVERS
- SELECT AN UPDATE POLICY AND APPLY ALL AVAILABLE UPDATES
- DECREASE THE SWAP USE (IMPORTANT)
- DISABLE HIBERNATION (SUSPEND-TO-DISK)
- DISABLE SCREEN SAVER IS CONFIGURED CORRECTLY
- FIX BRIGHTNESS ISSUE [FOR INTEL GRAPHICS]
- POST-INSTALL CLEANUP
- SOLVE SOME KNOWN BUGS - RESEARCH THE LIST FOR YOUR DISTRO
- SPEED UP YOUR MATE
- OPTIMIZE YOUR SOLID STATE DRIVE (SSD)
- OPTIMIZE FIREFOX
- CREATE MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS: PREVENT OTHER USERS FROM ACCESSING THE FILES IN YOUR ACCOUNT
- INSTALL RAR AND OTHER ARCHIVING UTILITIES
- INSTALL MORE BROWSERS
- INSTALL MULTIMEDIA CODECS
- INSTALL CONKY
- INSTALL A CLIPBOARD MANAGER
- INSTALL HARDINFO - SYSTEM INFORMATION TOOL
Am I missing anything important (besides finally installing the darn OS)?
Appreciate any advice or input on this.