To date Mint (with Cinnamon desktop) is my favorite and what I am running on my work laptop now.
Cinnamon, mmmmm. Good choice.
What do I want to customize that I did not even know I wanted to change?
- Set your own keyboard shortcuts.
Obvious ones would be file manager, terminal, browser, and screenshots but it’s your system. Anything you do repeatedly should be considered.
If you’ve not already done so, take some time to setup virtual desktops. You can have a bunch. If it’s not already there, you’ll want to install “Workspace Switcher” from the Applets menu.
If you use your screen a lot at night, Redshift will skew colors from blues to reds, making it less strenuous for night viewing. You’ll want to install the
redshift-gtk packages for that.
- Pulse Audio Volume Control
PulseAudio is the default sound server on Linux these days, but most desktops don’t expose all of the channels PulseAudio has. Install the
pavucontrol for a better sound manager app.
- GVFS integration and protocol addressing
This one is more of a general tip, but Nemo (your file manager) is particularly good at this. You can manage remote file locations directly using virtual filesystem integration.
For instance, say you have a NAS on your local network running ssh. You have a user, called ‘user’, and you store some files in a folder called ‘files’ in that user’s home directory, you can use the following address in Nemo’s bar to manage those files.
Integration with Nextcloud? Just use a davs:// for secure webdav. FTP? ftp://, et cetera.
Create custom menu entries easily with a GUI. Find out exactly what command a menu entry runs when you click it. Hide stuff from the menu you don’t want cluttering things up. Install the