If you use TeX/LaTeX very often, you should consider to install the texlive distribution from tug.org http://www.tug.org/texlive/
You can download an installer (which then downloads all files from the internet, about 2GB) or you can download DVD-image.
Installation is quite easy, you'll only have to set the pathes correctly. We have a new Howto at slackdocs http://docs.slackware.com/howtos:sof...ve_integration
it is quite generic, it should work for any distribution.
But note, if you install texlive from tug.org, don't forget to uninstall the version from Mint's repository!
I'm running texlive from tug.org and I'm very happy with the version. I'd recommend to take a look at the newsgroup comp.text.tex