Linux Mint Debian Edition

Installing Linux Mint LMDE

Installing Linux Mint Debian Edition

Linux Mint Debian Edition is a version of Mint that is based around the Debian Linux system. Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) uses Debian packages instead of Ubuntu. LMDE generally runs faster than other versions of Mint. As new features are created, they are sent to the LMDE edition. You will see the latest version of software first before they are released to the traditional Mint distributions.

LMDE comes with a wide choice of software pre-installed. You will get the "Firefox" web browser, "Thunderbird" Email client, "Banshee" media player, "Brasero" CD/DVD creation software, "Libre Office" full office suite, "GIMP" GNU Image Manipulation Program and "VLC" media player. Additional software can be installed easily from the "Software Manager" tool.

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

Download Linux Mint Debian Edition

Basic System Requirements

x86 processor (Linux Mint 64-bit requires a 64-bit processor. Linux Mint 32-bit works on both 32-bit and 64-bit processors).
512MB RAM (1GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
9GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution (1024×768 recommended).
DVD drive or USB port

Once you have your downloaded your "iso" image of Linux Mint Debian Edition in either the 32 bit or 64 bit form, you will need to burn this iso image file to a DVD. If you do not have the necessary software to 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 LMDE to your media, you will need to place this into the target drive of the system you are going to install Linux Mint 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 computer systems this key will be "F8", "F11", "F12" or another key. Most systems will display a message indicating which key needs to be pressed to access your systems 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 instructional guide below.

Live Boot DVD - Try Linux Mint Debian Edition

LMDE 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 take a look around, you can test out the system without installing any software to your hard drive. If you are happy for LMDE to be installed to your hard drive, then simply follow the instructional steps below:

Starting the LMDE Installation Process

LMDE will automatically load to a "Live Desktop" after a short period of time.

Linux Mint Debian Edition Boot Process

Linux Mint Debian Edition 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 Debian Edition Live Desktop

LMDE 2 Betsy Installer

From this screen, select the language that you would like to use during your installation of LMDE. This language will be used continually throughout your installation. Once you have made your choice, click "Forward". In this example, I have chosen the language "English", "United Kingdom".

LMDE Select Installation Language

Select your Time Zone

From this screen you need to select the time zone for your system. In the example, "Europe/London" has been automatically selected. Click "Forward" to continue with the installation process.

LMDE Time Zone Selection Screen

Select Keyboard Layout

At this screen you must choose your keyboard type. You may select any keyboard type that matches your system requirements. You may also test your keyboard selection by typing in the "Text Box" below. Generally, the system will automatically select the keyboard type for you based on your previously entered location.

Select Keyboard Layout

User Information

At this screen you are asked to create a user who will be able to access your system. You will need to enter "username" and "password" information. You can specify that the login screen is disabled, however, this is not recommended. You will also be asked to give your computer a name (hostname). This name is a unique identifier that will identify your computer on a network. Once you have entered all the required information, click "Forward" to continue with the installation.

LMDE - Enter User Information

Disk Partitioning

You will see a small message asking you to confirm that you require the installer to create the necessary partitions on your hard drive. If you are happy to continue, click "Yes".

LMDE Erase all Data

Disk Partitioning Continued

At the next screen you are shown the default layout of the partitions that will be created. You may wish to edit the partitions or use "Export mode" to manage your own partition layout. If you are happy to accept the default layout, click "Forward" to continue.

LMDE Disk Partitioning Tool

Install the GRUB Boot Loader

From this screen you will need to accept the option to install the "GRUB" bootloader. In the example we have accepted the default location.

Install GRUB Boot Loader

Summary of Installation

The next screen will display the options that you have selected for your installation of LMDE. If you need to amend any of the displayed options, simply use the "back" button to navigate back to the relevant screen.

LMDE Summary Screen

Copying Files

The next part of the installation is the copying of files from the "iso" image to your chosen hard drive. This may take several minutes depending on the speed of your system.

LMDE Copying Installation Files

Installation Complete

After a little while, you will see the following message indicating that the installation is complete. To use your new system, you must first reboot your computer. Remember to remove the DVD from your drive.

LMDE Installation Complete

LMDE Login Screen

If you chose the option to login with a password, then you will see the following screen. Here you must login with the user information you entered in the previous steps. If you chose the option to "skip" the login screen, you will see the desktop as per the images in the next step.

LMDE Login Screen

Linux Mint Debian Edition Desktop

Congratulations, you are now at your desktop. You may click the start menu icon in the lower left hand corner to access your software. Initially a Welcome screen is displayed with links to some very useful information. You can select to have this screen displayed each time you login by clicking the small button in the lower right of the pop up screen.

Linux Mint 17.1 KDE Desktop Screen Shot