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Installing the Linux Mint O/S

The Mint Installer

This section takes you step by step through the installation of Linux Mint. The images were taken from release 10 (which was the latest release at time of production). Mint is based on Ubuntu, so the installation process for the former mirrors that of the latter.

To start Mint, you'll need to boot from the boot DVD or USB stick you created in the previous section.

..this gives you a chance to try out Mint to see it you like it enough to want to install it

  1. Mint will be booted into the Live CD mode by default: this gives you a chance to try out Mint to see it you like it enough to want to install it:

  2. Once you are convinced that Mint is for you, you can begin the installation by double-clicking the "Install Linux Mint" icon on the left hand side of the screen:

    Live User Install Icon

  3. The installer will run and ask for your preferred language (-notice there is a Welsh option here: pretty impressive!):

    Mint Choose Lnaguage

  4. The installer will then carry out some basic checks on your system to ensure it meets the minimum recommended standards for Mint:

    Mint Minimum Requirements Check

  5. Next, you will be given three installation options:

    1. Install alongside existing Operating System: keep your existing computer setup and be able to choose which O/S to use at boot time (-known as dual booting). You need to have enough free disc space unallocated to your original O/S in order to be able to be this

    2. Erase and use the whole disc: overwrite your existing computer setup and replace it with . This will overwrite any data on your computer, so this is best used with a new disc drive - or after backing everything up on your old O/S

    3. Specify partitions manually: if you have spare portions of your discs that you can use to install Mint, choose this option to specify where each Linux filesystem is placed. This process is the same as the - and is covered in the section on - Ubuntu installation

    In the example below, we will just choose to erase any existing O/S and install Mint in it's place, by selecting the second option:

    Mint Install Options

  6. Next, the installer detects the disc(s) attached to the computer and shows you how it plans to install itself - in this case, it's over the full 80Gb of a single disc drive. If this is acceptable, click on the "Install Now" button to begin the installation, otherwise click "Back" and select one of the other install options:

    Note: this is your last chance to abort the installation without changing your system

    Mint Install Confirmation

  7. The installation will begin in the background. Whilst it is working away, you will be asked to select your timezone; click on the "Forward" button to continue:

    Mint Set Timezone

  8. Next, you will then be asked for the keyboard layout you are using on this computer. Select your layout then click the "Forward" button at the bottom right of the window:

    Mint Set Keyboard

  9. Finally, you will be asked for your name, the name of the computer and your preferred password (-again, the same dialogue as per Ubuntu). the "Forward" button:

  10. During the installation, you'll see several dialogue boxes display, keeping you informed of the progress and what is currently being done on your computer:

    Mint Copying Files Dialogue

  11. When the initial installation is complete, you'll see the following dialogue display. To complete the installation, click on the "Restart Now" button:

    Mint Install Complete Dialogue

  12. Mint will shut down - but will pause on the following screen to prompt you to remove your installation media (-DVD or USB stick). Once removed, press the "ENTER" key:

    Mint Remove Installation Media

  13. The computer will reboot; if the initial installation completed without error, Mint will boot - and you'll be asked to enter the username you specified in step 9:

    Mint Username Prompt

  14. You will next be asked to enter the password for that username (-also entered in step 9):

    Mint Password Prompt

  15. If the Username and Password were correct, you should now be logged on and be able to see the "Welcome" dialogue box. Click on the displayed icons to familiarise yourself with Mint before clicking "Close" to quit the dialogue:

    Mint Welcome Dialogue


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