NOTE: This tutorial was created using the Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon ISO.
Linux Mint is based off of Ubuntu Linux (which is in turn based off of Debian), it brings with it ease of use and and extensive list of software packages and proprietary driver support. The default desktop environment for Linux Mint is Cinnamon, which looks very similar to modern Windows operating systems, a great choice for users who are coming off the Microsoft band wagon and into the Linux world. Other desktop environments are available including MATE, XFCE, and KDE. This post will guide you through a simple installation of Mint Linux.
Download the Linux Mint ISO from the official Linux Mint download page:
Burn the downloaded ISO image to a DVD or use the ISO image file with your virtualization software.
Boot from the DVD/ISO.
Double click the Install Linux Mint icon on the desktop.
Choose your language and click Continue.
You will be presented with the following choice:
Install third-party software... - This option may be necessary if you are using a laptop in order for your Wi-Fi card to work properly. It is also useful if you are using any other devices which require proprietary drivers or if you wish to listen to MP3s, watch Flash videos, or use other types of multimedia.
Make your selection and click Continue.
We are about to enter the point of no return. If you have existing operating systems or files on your hard drive that you do not wish to use I strongly suggest backing them up now as proceeding further will cause any existing data to be lost.
Select Erase disk and install Linux Mint.
Click Install Now.
Select your timezone and click Continue.
Select your keyboard layout and click Continue.
Now it''s time to create your user account. This account will have administrative privileges to the system.
Be sure Require my password to log in is selected. You can choose Log in automatically if you don''t mind sacrificing security.
For the purposes of this tutorial we will leave Encrypt my home folder unchecked. For additional security you can enable this feature now.
Linux Mint will now begin installing, depending on the speed of your system this may take a while.
When the installation completes click Restart Now.
Linux Mint is now fully installed on your system! Log in and enjoy!