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A quick look at Mint 17: in pictures

Mint 17 is a good, solid desktop that Linux and Windows XP users alike will feel at home in.
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Freshly installed Mint 17

Mint 17, to start with, is rather plain looking, but it does include a useful guide to the Linux operating system front and center. 

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Customized Linux Mint 17

After a few minutes of work, Mint Linux 17 looks a lot better. I've placed the menu bar on the top, installed and placed my favorite applications on the destkop, hooked up network resouces, and now I'm ready to go. Linux Mint makes it easy to get a custom look and feel for your desktop. 

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Linux Mint's default applications

Linux Mint's default applications include LibreOffice and Firefox. It's easy to add your own favorites. In my own case, for example, I prefer Google Chrome for my Web browser. Out of the box, however, Mint comes with every application you're likely to need. For example, it comes with Gimp, the free software alternative to Photoshop. 

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Mint 17 makes hot corners easier to use

Hot corners have always been usefuf for fast program and workspace switching, but Mint 17 makes it easy to customize what actions are called by them. 

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Hot program switching with Mint 17

For instance, I can use Hot Corners to get a one click look at what applications I have working in one workspace. If you, like me, run many programs at once, this can be a real time-saver. 

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