Linux Mint 14

Installing Linux Mint 14

Installing Linux Mint 14

Linux Mint is a popular Operating system based on Ubuntu. Linux Mint installs with all the codecs needed for running most applications straight out of the box. MP3 support, Flash support and Java are all installed as standard. The latest version of Mint 14 (code name Nadia) comes with full media software for playing DVDs (VLC), photo editing suite (GIMP) and the full office suite Libre Office. Mint has proved very popular to new users as it has a more traditional menu system with the menu button located in the bottom left hand corner of the desktop.

To download Linux Mint 14, simply click the link below:

Download Linux Mint

Once you have your downloaded your "iso" image in either a 32bit or 64bit form, you will need to burn this to a DVD. If you haven't already software for burning a DVD image, then search for "dvd iso burning software" in the search box located above. Your system may already have DVD burning software installed such as "Brasero, K3B, Nero, CDBurnerXP or Roxio". Once you have burned your chosen "iso" image of Linux Mint to your DVD, you will need to leave the DVD in the DVD drive and reboot your system. As your computer reboots, you will need to press the appropriate key to access your system's BIOS settings. On many systems this key will be "F8", "F11" or "F12". Most systems will display the a message indicating which key needs to be pressed. 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. Once you have made this change, you can reboot your system and follow the settings below.

Live Boot DVD

When Mint first loads, it will take you directly to the desktop. Mint has actually loaded as a "try first" system. Once loaded, you can test the operating system without installing the software. If you are happy for the installation to install to your hard disk, then simply follow the instructions below:

Start the Linux Mint Installer Process

To start the Mint install process, select the "Start Linux Mint" option.

Mint Installer

Linux Mint Loading Screen

Mint's default loading screen is initially displayed.

Loading Mint

Live Desktop

Welcome to the live desktop. You can actually try the system first before installing! If you are happy to proceed and install Linux Mint to your hard disk, then click on the "Install Linux Mint" icon on your desktop.

Live Desktop

Select Installation Language

Select the language you require for your installation. Then click "continue".

Mint Language Selection

Preparing to install Linux Mint

For best results, ensure that you have at least 6.1GB of available space and an active network connection.

Preparing to install Linux Mint

Select Installation type

Here we have chosen the simple default option of "Erase disk and install Linux Mint". Alternatively, you can choose the "something else" option which allows you to manually configure your partitions.

Select installation type

Erase disk and install Mint

Select "install Now".

Install Now


Your Mint installation has now started. Progress is indicated by the progress bar at the bottom of your screen

Mint Installing

Select your Location

Select your current location. This will also be used for your system time settings.

Select geographic location

Select Keyboard Layout

Select your keyboard layout. Here I have chosen "English UK". You confirm your keyboard settings by typing in the test box area.

Keyboard Layout

Who are you?

Here you must supply a name to be used for your userid, a name to identify your computer (hostname) and also a password.

Enter hostname and userid

Copying Files

Your installation files are now been copied. Whilst this is in progress a slide show is available indicating some of the new features that Mint 14 contains.

Slide show

Installation Complete

Congratulations your installation is now complete. You must now restart your system to complete your installation. Remember to remove your installation disk before rebooting!

Installation Complete

Login Screen

To login to your new installation, please enter the user name and password that you created earlier.

Login Screen

Welcome to Linux Mint

You should now see your desktop with a message offering places for support and documentation.

Welcome to Linux Mint Screen