Linux Mint

Installing Linux Mint 17 KDE

Installing Linux Mint 17.1 - KDE Edition

Linux Mint is a very popular Operating system based on the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution. Linux Mint's popularity has grown over the years making it one of the most used Linux desktop distributions. Linux Mint 17.1 KDE edition comes with all the latest codecs needed for running most applications straight after installation. By default you get full media support for MP3, Flash and Java. Other popular software included by default within Linux Mint 17.1 are:- Libre Office, a full Office suite. VLC Media Player. Amarok Music player and manager. GIMP, a very popular feature rich image editing tool. K3b - Fully featured CD/DVD creation tool. KMail email client and the KDE desktop version 4.14.

To download your copy of Linux Mint 17.1 KDE Edition, simply click the download link below:

Download Linux Mint 17 KDE Desktop Edition

Once you have your downloaded your "iso" image of Linux Mint 17.1 in either a 32 bit or 64 bit form, 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". (If you are using virtualization software for your installation, then simply place the selected iso image in the relevant directory). Once you have successfully burned your chosen "iso" image of Linux Mint 17.1 to your media, you will need to place this into the target drive of the system you are going to install Linux Mint 17.1 on. You will then need to reboot your computer. As your computer boots, you may need to press the appropriate key to access your system's BIOS settings. On many 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 17.1

Linux Mint 17.1 KDE Edition will quickly boot to what is known as a Live Desktop, here you can try out Linux Mint first 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 17.1 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" after a period of 10 seconds.

Linux Mint 17.1 KDE Installer

Linux Mint 17.1 KDE Live Desktop

At this screen you can try out the latest version of Linux Mint. You can try out the software and ensure that everything works with your hardware. Once you are happy to go ahead and install Linux Mint to your Hard Drive, you will need to click the "Install Linux Mint" icon in the upper left hand corner.

Linux Mint 17.1 KDE Live Desktop Session

Welcome - Choose Installation Language

At this screen, select the language that 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 the language "English".

Mint 17.1 KDE Language Selection

Preparing to install Linux Mint 17.1

For best results, ensure that your computer has at least 9.0 GB of available drive space and has an active internet connection. Click "Continue" to carry on with the installation process.

Preparing to install Linux Mint 17.1

Select Installation Type

At this screen you must choose your installation type. The options available are:

"Guided", use entire disk.
"Guided", use entire disk and set up LVM
"Guided", use entire disk and set up encrypted LVM.
"Manual" configuration.

In this example, I have used the default option of "Guided, Use entire disk".

Select installation type for Linux Mint 17

Install Mint

Select "Install Now" from the lower right hand corner. Your installation will now continue.

You will be prompted to confirm your choices. Select "Continue".

Confirm Disk Options

Select your Location - Where are You?

Select your current location. This setting will also be used for setting your time zone. In this example, United Kingdom has been selected automatically as I am installing from the UK. Once you have made your selection, click "Continue"

Selecting your Geographic Location

Choose Keyboard Layout

Select your keyboard layout. In this example "English (UK)" has been chosen. An image of your chosen keyboard is displayed. Click "Continue" once you have made your choice.

Mint 17.1 Select Keyboard Layout

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. The option "Require my password to login" is a default setting. Once you have entered your credentials, click "Continue"

Mint 17.1 Creating a New User

Welcome to Linux Mint 17 - Copying Files

Your installation files are now being copied to your hard drive. While these files are copied a slide show presentation will be displayed showing some of the new features that are included within Linux Mint 17.1 KDE Edition.

Linux Mint 17 Welcome

Installation Complete

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

Linux Mint 17.1 - Installation Complete

Login Screen

To login to your Mint 17.1 installation, you will need to use the user name and password that you created earlier.

Linux Mint 17.1 Login Screen

Welcome Screen Linux Mint 17.1 (Rebecca)

You should now see your desktop. You will be greeted with a screen displaying various links to useful information.

Welcome to Linux Mint 17.1 Screen

Linux Mint 17.1 KDE Desktop

To access your applications, click the "KDE" icon in the lower left corner of your desktop.

Linux Mint 17.1 KDE Desktop Screen Shot