User Guide & Release Notes on the Start Page

With each stable release of Linux Mint come two very important documents. The first one is the user guide. It’s a downloadable PDF eBook of about 100 pages which explains various aspects of Linux Mint. It starts with explanations on how to install Linux Mint, then it details how the Linux Mint tools work and how to make the best out of the desktop. It’s easy to read and covers both simple and advanced topics. It also gives details on the specificities of Linux Mint so no matter how experimented you are with Linux, you will definitely learn a few things by reading this guide.

The guide is currently available in English, in French and in Italian directly from the Start page. If you’re not using Linux Mint or if you start page is set to a custom address, you can download these guides from our download mirrors:

The Release Notes consist of a web page which details information about a particular release. Release notes are mostly written for users of the previous release which are about to install a new release. They go through the new features and innovations of the new release, known issues that users should be aware of, and upgrade instructions may users decide to upgrade rather performing a fresh install. Linux Mint Release Notes are usually easy to read and interesting from a user’s point of view as they don’t only provide relevant information but also insist on new tools and features. For instance, by reading the release notes a user could get to know about a newly added console tool which wasn’t present in the last version nor documented in the user guide.

Linux Mint is indeed easy to use but not all its innovations and features always catch the attention of the user. If you like using Linux Mint and if you would like to know more about your desktop you should take the time to read both the User Guide and the Release Notes. For Mint users to make the best out of Mint the start page now links to these documents.

So happy reading everyone, and many thanks to Carlos Porto for this redesign on the start page.


  1. clem.. can you add sopcast to the list of softwares available to download on the list in Elyssa?


  2. a mini “desktop tour” with a shortcut on the desktop would be great too for the extreme novice who just found out about linuxmint.

    the tour would consist of desktop, nautilus, included apps and mint tools and getting human help at the forums.

    it could be integrated as well with mintdesktop the first time it runs as an extra option after setting up the root account and fortune cookies “Start the Linuxmint tour?”

  3. Zwopper: Can you also give me a link to the Swedish ODT file?

    Jungar193: The portal is far from being complete at the moment..

    Manny: That’s a nice idea. I’m taking note but it’ll be for Mint 6.

  4. and another thing.. is everything up to date? e.g does it have the latest version of pidgin and all the other softwares,,,

    cheers and keep up the good work guys 🙂

  5. mbKarlos: It entirely depends on the community…

    Zwopper: The Swedish guide is now available from the start page.

  6. I don’t understand something fully here. Is the User Guide only available in the start page of *download directory*, alongside the ISO image?

    If so, it defeats the purpose. I for one, can’t see the User Guide anywhere on the main page of:

    nor here:

    Also, searching for the words “user” and “guide” on these pages yields no results at all. 🙁

    Such a guide should be available on the main site, where anybody interested would be able to see it. Period. Maybe even in HTML version for a quick overview: Linux Mint? what is it? is it hard?

    Update: I re-read the introduction: “directly from the Start page [which can be] set to a custom address”…

    So, is it also available *inside* installed Linux Mint, as the default home page for Firefox? Priceless… :-/

  7. Yes, it’s commonly referred to as the “Start page” and I never put a link to it… the reason for this is quite simple. That way, only Mint users access this page and as it’s using Google Analytics it gives us stats on the user base, without visitors perturbating these stats.

  8. Hi again clem. Where can I get the .odt to translate the user guide into spanish?

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