Linux Mint is an Ubuntu-based distribution of Linux and is one of the most user-friendly distros around. The latest version of Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu 8.10, Linux 2.6.27, Gnome 2.24 and Xorg 7.4. For a full list of features, go here.
Since I’ve read Linux Mint is really good I thought I’d give it a try and see for myself. I downloaded the .iso file and used VM Ware to create a new virtual machine (VM) to test Linux Mint. To download Linux Mint 6 RC1, go here. When you load the .iso file and start the VM, you will see Linux Mint runs as from a Live CD. (Alternatively you can burn the .iso image on to a CD and use it.)
Once you see the desktop you can explore a bit and see if you like it. What really made me like Mint was the fact that some software which I had to install by myself on Ubuntu 8.10 already came with Mint. Some of them include Gufw, Gnome Do, MPlayer, Mozilla Thunderbird, etc.
Once you’re ready to install it, double-click on the ‘install’ icon on the desktop.
The installation wizard will now begin. Click Forward to proceed.
Select your location from the map and click the Forward button.
Select your keyboard layout. By default the layout selected will be USA. Click Forward to proceed.
Allocate the disk or partition to install Linux Mint. Note here that since I’m using a virtual machine I’m installing it on a virtual hard disk.
Set your username, password and the computer name. Then click Forward.
Click Install to begin installation.
Now sit back and relax while Linux Mint is installed on your computer.
When the installation is complete, you will be asked to reboot your computer. Remove the live CD (or unload the .iso file) and press Enter. When you restart the computer (or VM) you will see the boot options screen (see below). Select the first option.
Once you get to the login screen, enter your username and password to log in.