Installing Linux Mint 17
Installing Linux Mint 17
Linux Mint is a very popular Operating system based on the Ubuntu Linux distribution. Linux Mint's popularity has grown over the years making it one of the most used Linux desktops. Linux Mint 17 comes with all the latest codecs needed for running most applications straight after installation. You get full media support for MP3, Flash support and Java are all installed by default along with the Firefox browser. Other software included by default within Linux Mint 17: Libre Office, a full Office suite. VLC Media Player. Banshee Music player and manager. GIMP, a very popular feature rich image editing tool. Brasero, the popular CD/DVD creation tool. Thunderbird mail email client.
To download your copy of Linux Mint 17, simply click the download link below:
Download Linux Mint 17
Once you have your downloaded your "iso" image of Linux Mint 17 in either a 32 bit or 64 bit form, and chosen which desktop you would prefer (MATE or Cinnamon edition), you will need to burn this image file to a DVD. If you do not have the necessary software that can burn a DVD, then you can search for "dvd iso burning software" in the search box located above. Your Computer will probably already have DVD burning software installed such as "Brasero, K3B, Nero, CDBurnerXP or Roxio". Once you have successfully burned your chosen "iso" image of Linux Mint 17 to your media, you will need to place this into the target drive of the system you are going to install Mint 17 on. You will then need to reboot your computer. As your computer boots, you will need to press the appropriate key to access your system's BIOS settings. On computers this key could be "F8", "F11", "F12" or another key. Most systems will display a message indicating which key needs to be pressed to access the BIOS. Once you have access to your BIOS settings, you will need to modify the boot order of your system to boot from CD/DVD first if this is not already set. Once this change has been made and saved, you can reboot your system and follow the instructions below.
Live Boot DVD - Try Linux Mint 17
Linux Mint 17 will quickly boot to what is known as a Live Desktop, where you can try out Linux Mint without installing to your hard drive. Mint has actually loaded as a "try before you install "system. Once loaded, you can test the operating system without installing any software. If you are happy for Mint 17 to be installed to your hard disk, then simply follow the instructions below:
Starting the Linux Mint Installation Process
Linux Mint will automatically load the "Live Boot Version".
Linux Mint Loading Screen
Mint's default loading screen is initially displayed.
Linux Mint Live Desktop Screen
From this screen you can try out the latest version of Mint. Once you are happy to go ahead and install Mint to your Hard Drive, you will need to click the "Install Linux Mint" icon.
Select Installation Language to be used
Select the language you would like to use during your installation. This language will be used continually throughout your installation. Once you have made your choice, select "Continue". In this example, I have chosen "English".
Preparing to install Linux Mint 17
For best results, ensure that your computer has at least 8.4GB of available drive space and an active internet connection. Click "Continue" to carry on with the installation process.
Select Installation Type
At this screen you must choose your installation type. In this example I have gone for the first option which is to "Erase disk and install Linux Mint". You can choose other options that will allow you to encrypt your files, install with LVM (Logical Volume Manager) or you can choose the "something else" option which allows you to manually configure your disk partitions. If you are installing to a portable device such as a netbook or Laptop, I would recommend choosing the encryption option.
Select "Install Now" from the lower right hand corner. Your installation will now continue.
Select your Location
Select your current location. This setting will also be used for setting your systems time zone. In this example, London has been selected automatically as I am installing from the UK. Once you have made your selection, click "Continue"
Choose Keyboard Layout
Select your keyboard layout. In this example "English (UK)" has been chosen. You can confirm your keyboard settings are correct by typing in the provided test box area.
Who are you? - Create a New User
From this screen you must supply a name to be used for your userid, a name to identify your computer (hostname) and also a password. I would also recommend selecting the "Require my password to login" option (Default Option). Once you have entered your credentials, click "Continue"
Welcome to Linux Mint 17 - Copying Files
Your installation files are now being copied to your hard drive. While these files are being copied a slide show is displayed showing some of the new features that are included within Linux Mint 17.
Congratulations your installation is now complete. To start using your new system you must now restart your computer. Remember to remove your installation disk before rebooting!
To login to your Mint 17 installation, you will need to use the user name and password that you created earlier. This name should be displayed on the login screen (Assuming you chose the password required at login option).
Welcome Screen Linux Mint 17 (Qiana)
You should now see your desktop. You will be greeted with a screen displaying various links to useful information.
Screen shot - Desktop Linux Mint 17 (Qiana) - MATE Edition