Right, I seems I owe every reader of this post an apology. Firstly for posting this question in the wrong section, and secondly for using the wrong install package.
From what I can gather I have always attempted to run development packages which gave me problems as mentioned above. For reasons completely irrelevant to this problem I reinstalled the mint OS and gave this whole process another go.
After untarring the stable version and installing freeglut3 my slic3r is up and running!
I do not know if reinstalling mint made any difference but once again do apologise for this unnecessary post.