Intalling Applets -- Mint 14 32 bit Cinnamon

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Intalling Applets -- Mint 14 32 bit Cinnamon

Postby bluekayak » Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:43 pm


I have two questions about applets.

1. I have the "Update Manager" installed on the panel, but it is always blank. Is there a way to fix it so it shows the check mark if the computer is up-to-date?

2. I'm having trouble installing my favorite applets after upgrading from Mint 11 to 14. My computer is an old Toshiba Sattelite A10-S129. It is probably near the end of its useful life, and that may be the problem.

From this web site, it looiks like it should be easy to install the applets: ... s-for.html

It also says to click on the "caret" in the panel. I assume that is this symbol ^. However, my panel does not have the caret, which is clearly shown on the web site's screen shot in the lower right near the clock.

Another web site says to right click on the panel and an applet menu appears, just like it did in Mint 11. However, nothing happens.

The web site also had suggestions for using the terminal to load applets, for example:

wget -O
unzip -q -d ~/.local/share/cinnamon/applets

The "" file downloads in my "/home/jerry" directory, but when I run the second line I get this error message:
"No such file or directory"

Sure enough, I could not find a " /.local/share/cinnamon/applets" directory, so I created a couple of them. This is where my limited Linux skills may be causing the problem. First I created the directory in I believe the root directory. This is where the following directories are located: bin, etc, boot, home, lib, mint ...

I still got an error message. Next I created the directories in "/home/jerry/local/share/cinnamon/applets", but that did not work. Next I noticed the "/." and thought perhaps the folder name should be ".local" instead of "local" so I use "mv" to change the name to ".local" and the directory disappeared.

I'm really enjoying Mint 14 and am glad I upgraded, but would really like to add some applets to my panel.

Jerry Floren

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Re: Intalling Applets -- Mint 14 32 bit Cinnamon (Hardware)

Postby bluekayak » Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:52 pm

I re-read the posting guide, and probably should have included my hardware for my question above. Here it is:

jerry@jerry-Satellite-A10 / $ inxi -Fc 0
System: Host: jerry-Satellite-A10 Kernel: 3.5.0-23-generic i686 (32 bit) Desktop: Gnome Distro: Linux Mint 14 Nadia
Machine: System: TOSHIBA product: Satellite A10 version: PSA10U-0ZH6M7
Mobo: TOSHIBA model: Portable PC version: Version A0 Bios: TOSHIBA version: Version 1.30 date: 09/02/2003
CPU: Single core Mobile Intel Celeron CPU (-UP-) cache: 256 KB flags: (sse sse2) clocked at 2394.206 MHz
Graphics: Card: Intel 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device
X.Org: 1.13.0 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1024x768@60.0hz
GLX Renderer: N/A GLX Version: N/A
Audio: Card: Intel 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller driver: snd_intel8x0
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: 1.0.25
Network: Card: Intel 82801DB PRO/100 VE (MOB) Ethernet Controller driver: e100
IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: 00:00:39:a9:a1:a1
Drives: HDD Total Size: 56.4GB (54.2% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: HTS541040G9AT00 size: 40.0GB
2: USB id: /dev/sdb model: USB_2.0_FD size: 16.4GB
Partition: ID: / size: 36G used: 17G (50%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 1.05GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID: No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 61.0C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 137 Uptime: 4:02 Memory: 341.0/986.5MB Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.4
jerry@jerry-Satellite-A10 / $

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