Linux Mint

Installing Linux Mint 16

Installing Linux Mint 16

Linux Mint is a very popular Operating system based on Ubuntu. Linux Mint is the fourth most popular desktop operating system in use in the world. Linux Mint 16 comes with all the latest codecs needed for running most applications straight out of the box. You have full media support for MP3, Flash support and Java are all installed by default. The latest version of Mint is now version 16 (code name Petra) and comes with full media software for playing DVDs (VLC), photo editing suite (GIMP) and the full office suite Libre Office (Version 4).

To download your copy of Linux Mint 16, simply click the link below:

Download Linux Mint 16

Once you have your downloaded your "iso" image of Mint in either a 32bit or 64bit form, and chosen which desktop you would prefer (Mate or Cinnamon), 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 may 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 16 to your DVD, you will need to place this into the drive of the system you are going to install Mint on. You will then need to reboot that computer. As your computer reboots, you will need to press the appropriate key to access your system's BIOS settings. On many systems this key could be "F8", "F11", "F12" or another key. 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 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 16

When Mint 16 first loads, you are taken directly to what is known as a Live Desktop. Mint has actually loaded as a "try it first" system. Once loaded, you can test the operating system without installing any of the software. If you are happy for the installation to be installed to your hard disk, then simply follow the instructions below:

Starting the Linux Mint Installer Process

Linux Mint will automatically load the "Live Boot Version".

Mint 16 Installer

Linux Mint Loading Screen

Mint's default loading screen is initially displayed.

Loading Mint 16

Linux Mint Live Desktop Screen

At this screen you can take a quick look at Linux Mint. Once you are happy to install Mint to your Hard Drive, you will need to click the "Install Linux Mint" icon.

Mint 16 Live Desktop Session

Select Installation Language to be used

Select the language you require for your installation. This language will be used continually throughout your installation. Then click "continue". In the example, I have chosen "English".

Mint 16 Language Selection

Preparing to install Linux Mint 16

For best results, ensure that your computer has at least 7.7GB of available disk space and an active internet connection.

Preparing to install Linux Mint 16

Select Installation type

From this screen you can choose your installation type. In this example I have gone for the first option which is to erase all information on the hard disk and install Mint (Default Option). 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 also choosing the encryption option.

Select installation type for Mint 16

Install Mint

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 the example, London was selected automatically as I am installing from the UK.

Selecting your Geographic Location

Choose Keyboard Layout

Select your keyboard layout. In the example "English (UK)" has been chosen. You can confirm your keyboard settings are correct by typing in the test box area.

Select Keyboard Layout

Who are you? - Create New User

Here 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.

Enter hostname and userid

Welcome to Linux Mint - 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 available to Mint 16.

Mint 15 Copying Files

Installation Complete

Congratulations your installation is now complete. To start using your new system you must now restart your system. Remember to remove your installation disk before rebooting!

Login Screen

To login to your new Mint 16 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).

Mint 15 Login Screen

Welcome to Linux Mint 16 (Petra)

You should now see your desktop. You can click on the "Menu" button located in the lower left hand corner to access all your applications.

Welcome to Linux Mint 16 Screen