I recently installed Mint 5 Gnome edition. I have to say its the finest operating system I have ever used. All of the previous issues I had with Mint were automatically fixed with Mint 5. I also made the switch from KDE to Gnome. I had become frustrated with KDE. I found it was often difficult to find configuration options, it had alot of programs and features I did not often use, was overly technical and bloated. I also found KDE 4 to be extremely frustrating. I really hate how there are thousands of options in KDE that I have used never or once. I have since grown to love Gnome. I seriously hope that Gnome is continued to be supported by the Linux community and by Clem. Thanks for turning me on to the simplicity of Gnome. I am getting so tired of having to spend time being intimate with the workings of the computers technicalities, the Gnome desktop, removes alot of that.Gnome has simplified my life. I love Gnome, and hope to continue to use it for years to come.
I do have a few questions however to get my system fully up and running and would greatly appreciate some help.
First of all..
This is my second install. I reinstalled after I screwed up my xorg.conf too much and I want to get it right.
1. I notice that the automatic updates want me to install updates with the letter 3 next to it. Now I noticed that these updates may not be from the Mint repositories themselves or fully tested. Is it safe or recommended to install updates with the letter 3 next to them or should I just stick to updates with the letter 1 and 2?
2. I am trying to get my nvidia proprietary drivers installed fro my nvidia 7 series card. I want to be able to configure my dual monitors. I have always used nvidia settings for this (if there is a better way, then please let me know). I also want to use compiz. What is the best way to get the drivers installed? Should I use the restricted driver manager, Envy or Synaptic?
3. Once the NVIDIA proprietary Drivers are in place (the last time I used Envy, and chose Automatic) I noticed that only one of my monitors configures properly (this was a problem in the last Mint edition as well). I have two LG wide screen LCD monitors. One is a 22" running of DVI and the other is a 21.6" running off of VGA. Now, the 22" detects and configures properly and is set to the proper high resolution, but the 21.6" VGA monitor gets listed only as "CRT-0" and is limited to either 320x240 or 640x480 resolution ( I think those are the resolutions). If I log onto nvidia-settings (either normally or as sudo) only two resolutions are listed in the pull down menu. I tried to do the dpkg-reconfigure xsever-xorg, but had no luck. Can some one tell me how I can get my xserver to display the second monitor as a high resolutions LCD instead of a CRT low res screen? This is a huge problem for me. I imagine that altering my xorg.conf would help, but I do not know which lines to add to tell it the second monitor is a widescreen lcd, and that it has many resolutions.
4. I have downloaded a Whole bunch of awesome icon sets from Gnome-look.org. Is there a way I can add an entire icon set so It chages all of them in the set at once? For example on KDE I had the crystal Icons set. I would simply add the crystal icons set from the icons menu, and it would change all the icons over to crystal icons. How can I do this with Gnome? For example I have the Green Oxygen retrofit icon set, how I can change all the icons at once?
5. I often see screen shots of a really neat Gnome setup where the Menu bar is at the top and at the bottom there is a MAC OSX like bar at the bottom with a bunch of shortcut icons. How can I add that to my Gnome set up?
6. Once I get my system fully the way I like it, with the packages I like, and the drives I like shared over NFS, other packges added and removed through synaptic and icons added, themes added etc. Is there a way for me to save all of that so that if I need to reinstall fresh from the Mint 5 disk I can restore all of the packages , themes, settings etc. I worked to hard to customize?
Any help appreciated, but I really need help getting my xserver to recognize both monitors properly.