Linux Mint and OEM Installs

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. When installing linux mint this usually mean the person installing it is intending to install the operating system for another user ie a shop technician installing linux mint for a customer. The install process is much the same except instead of setting up the first user , the installer sets up a temporary user as shown below
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When the installer reboots into the install they can do a variety of tasks to get the computer ready for the person whom they are installing for this could include the following

Choosing a local mirror:


Installing Updates


Installing Drivers


Install Programs From Synaptic


The installer might also want to leave a message behind for the client, one easy way to do this would be to install conky and add it to the startup applications as shown here

Since that is for the temporary user the file $HOME/.config/autostart/conky.desktop file needs to be moved to /etc/skel/.config/autostart/conky.desktop also the $HOME/.conkyrc needs to be moved to /etc/skel/.conkyrc

The installer might also like to add a bookmark or the companies website, so again the bookmark can be saved using the temporary account then the $HOME/.mozilla folder can be moved to /etc/skel/.mozilla.

Once the installer is happy that everything is setup. They can click the ‘Prepare For Shipping To End User’ icon on the desktop

Afterwards the computer is not turned on again until the person who the install is for turns it on.
When they do they will setup their user as shown below





Once logged in they should see

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