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Install Linux Mint 19.1

Installing Linux Mint 19.1

Linux Mint is a very popular Linux distribution that is based based on the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution. Linux Mint 19.1 is a Long Term Support (LTS) edition that will be supported until 2023. Many refinements have been made to this edition of Linux Mint. Cinnamon 4.0 is the new desktop version that contains many new features that allow you to customise your desktop quickly and easily. By default you get the Firefox Web Browser, Thunderbird email client, GIMP image editing software, Libre Office (Full Office Suite) version, Rhythmbox Music Manager,VLC Media player. In the installation guide below, we will look at installing the 64 bit version of Linux Mint 19.1 Cinnamon edition.

To download your copy of Linux Mint 19.1, simply click on the download link below:

Download Linux Mint 19.1 Cinnamon Desktop Edition

Once you have your downloaded your "iso" image of Linux Mint 19.1, 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 19.1, you will need to place this into the target drive of the system you are going to install Linux Mint 19.1 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.

Linux Mint 19.1 Requirements

1GB RAM (2GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
15GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
1024×768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen).

The 64-bit ISO can boot with BIOS or UEFI.
The 32-bit ISO can only boot with BIOS.
The 64-bit ISO is recommend for all modern computers (Almost all computers sold in the last 10 years are equipped with 64-bit processors).

Live Boot DVD - Try Linux Mint 19.1

Linux Mint 19.1 will quickly boot to what is known as a "Live Desktop Environment". Here you can try out Linux Mint 19.1 before committing to a full installation to your hard drive. Linux Mint 19.1 will load as a "try before you install "system. Once loaded, you can test the Operating System without installing any software. If you are happy for Linux Mint 19.1 to be installed to your hard disk, then simply follow the installation guide below:

Starting the Linux Mint Install Process

Linux Mint will automatically load the "Live Boot Version" after a short period of time.

Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa

Linux Mint 19.1 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.

Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa Live Desktop Session

Welcome - Choose Installation Language

At this screen, select the language that you would like to use during your installation of Linux Mint. This language will be used throughout your installation. Once you have made your choice, select "Continue". In this example, I have chosen the language "English".

Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa Language Selection

Choose Keyboard Layout

At this screen, select your keyboard layout. In this example "English (UK)" has been chosen. You may type into the text box to test your keyboard settings. Click "Continue" once you have made your choice.

Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa Select Keyboard Layout

Preparing to install Linux Mint 19.1

For best results, ensure that your computer has at least 15 GB of available drive space and has an active internet connection. You may also choose to install additional 3rd party software for the handling of hardware, Audio and Video playback (recommended). Once you have made your choice, click "Continue" to carry on with the installation process.

Preparing to install Linux Mint 19.1

Select Installation Type

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

"Erase disk and install Linux Mint". This will delete any files on your disk.
"Encrypt the new Linux Mint installation for Security".
"Use LVM with the new Linux Mint installation", This will set up Logical Volume Management.
"Something else" You can create or resize partitions yourself, or choose multiple partitions.

In this example, I have used the default option of "Erase disk and install Linux Mint.

Installation type for Linux Mint 19.1

Write the changes to Disk

Select "Continue" The specified changes listed will be written to your disk. Select "Continue" to continue with the installation.

Confirm Disk Options

Where are You? - Select your Location

From this screen, 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

Who are you? - Creating a New User

From this screen you must provide your name, a name to identify your computer (hostname), a username and supply a password. From this screen you also have the option of selecting to "Login automatically" and to encrypt your home folder. It is advisable to use the option "Require my password to login". Once you have entered your credentials, click "Continue"

Mint 19.1 Creating First User on System

Welcome to Linux Mint 19.1 - 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 this release of Linux Mint.

Linux Mint 19.1 Copying Files

Installation Complete

Congratulations your installation of Linux Mint 19.1 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 19.1 - Installation Complete

Login Screen

To login to your Linux Mint 19.1 system, you will need to enter the user name and password that you created earlier.

Linux Mint 19.1 Login Screen

Welcome Screen Linux Mint 19.1 (Tessa)

You should now see your desktop. You will be greeted with a screen displaying various links to useful information. Several sections are available, these will take you through various configuration steps and also provide documentation for using your Linux Mint system.

Welcome to Linux Mint 19.1 Welcome Screen

Linux Mint 19.1 Cinnamon Desktop

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

Linux Mint 19.1 Cinnamon Desktop Screen Shot