Fitlet: Installing Linux Mint 17.3

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Prepare installation media

Base installation of Linux Mint

  • Follow the standard Linux Mint installation procedure - choose timezone, partitions, username, password etc.
  • Disconnect the installation media and reboot.
  • Login using previously selected username and password.

ATI Catalyst video driver

  • fglrx is a proprietary ATI Catalyst video driver for Linux
  • fglrx drivers above the version 13.350 aren't compatible to fitlet. Don't use it!

RadeonSI open-source video driver

  • RadeonSI exceed the ATI Catalyst video driver in many benchmark tests
  • RadeonSI provides HW video acceleration for wider range of video codecs
$ apt-get install mesa-vdpau-drivers-lts-vivid vdpau-va-driver vainfo vdpauinfo
$ cd /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/dri/
$ ln -s
  • Run vainfo and vdpauinfo commands to view list of supported accelerated profiles

Kodi and VLC

  • Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) and VLC are well known free and open-source multimedia players
  • Both of them use HW accelerated video decoding and give excellent playback quality
  • Both of them compatible with the most popular video formats
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install kodi vlc
  • Kodi will support HW video acceleration out of the box
  • In VLC you need to select Tools->Preferences->Input and Codecs->Hardware-accelerated decoding->Video Acceleration (VA) API

Aggressive Link Power Management (ALPM)

  • It's a mechanism where a SATA controller can put the disk into a very low power mode during periods of zero I/O activity and into an active power state when work needs to be done. Tests show that this can save some power and decrease mSATA average temperature.
  • Create text file /etc/pm/power.d/sata_alpm
for i in /sys/class/scsi_host/host*/link_power_management_policy; do
echo min_power > $i
  • Make it executable
$ sudo chmod +x /etc/pm/power.d/sata_alpm
  • Reboot, SATA power management policy has been changed
$ cat /sys/class/scsi_host/host*/link_power_management_policy