My New Linux Setup

After years using Ubuntu I decided to try another Linux distro and after try a little bit some distros from the pen drive I thought I would like more the Linux Mint with Cinnamon. I’ve been using it for almost a month now and I must say that I’m in love with Mint, the system is very simple and well polish in terms of interface and usability. It’s very customized out of the box and basically you can right click almost every place and configure the way you want.

So in this post I’ll share some tips and tools that I’ve been using on my daily work.

 

Partitions

My install partitions are the following ones.

/ – 40 GB
/home – 190 GB
Swap – 8 GB

I used to use 25 GB for the root and usually is more than enough, but I had a problem with a cache folder that was setup in the tmp inside the root, the generated files in that cache filled the system partition, froze the computer and for some reason the booting stopped working. So after that I always use some extra space for the system partition.

Apps

Here is the list of apps that I’ve use almost everyday.

    • Blender – The most amazing 3D software of the world.   :B
    • Trello – To keep track of the projects, payments and what should be done.
    • Simplenote – Great to make annotations, checklists and it syncs online, so never loose your notes.
    • Peek – Good and simple app to record gifs and videos from your screen.
    • Gnome Pomodoro – App for time management and productivity.
    • PureRef – Great to make reference boards.
    • Screenshot – This is just a default app that comes with Mint.
    • WhatsApp – To spread fake news and cat gifs.

Occasionally I use Substance Painter, Gimp, Krita, OBS Studio, DaVinci Resolve and Audacity.

Icons

For the icons I choose the Papirus icon theme, because I like simple flat looking icons and there is icon for pretty much every application out there. You can also use this script to choose the color of the folders.

Scripts

There is also useful scripts that I use often. I found this one on Youtube to disable the touch of the tablet at the system startup. There is another that launches a simple app to turn on/off the touch, couldn’t find the link where I found it but you can download it below. I’ve also wrote another one the create the folder structure that I usually use for my projects.

  • 00_ref
  • 01_3d
  • 02_tex
  • 03_ren

To install it, right click on the applications launcher > Configure… click on the Menu tab and then go the Open menu editor, select one of the categories and click New Item.

System Tray

To better integrate applications in the system tray and the menus there use the theme you are using, go to Preferences > General and turn on Enable support indicator.

Conclusion

I really recommend Linux Mint with Cinnamon, the system is very consistent,  well polish and visually very nice. The usability and customization options are simple and easy to use, you can add a lot of cool stuff out of the box using the Applets (right click on the panel) and Desklets (right click on the desktop).

Hope you find something useful and feel free to ask anything on the comments below.

5 Comments

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January 26, 2020 10:35 am

Awesome post! Keep up the great work! 🙂

Todor

January 30, 2020 1:52 pm

Awesome. I’d love to switch to linux but not sure I can make the jump right away. But I will at least make a dual boot system in the next year or so. This article may come in handy.

Lucas

January 30, 2020 7:19 pm

Thanks for the comment Todor! I never did a dual boot, but if you need any questions about Linux feel free to contact me.

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