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Beginner’s Guide to Installing Linux Mint 19

Beginner’s Guide to Installing Linux Mint 19 Posted on September 2, 2018Leave a comment
Joe Collins worked in radio and TV stations for over 20 years where he installed, maintained and programmed computer automation systems. Joe also worked for Gateway Computer for a short time as a Senior Technical Support Professional in the early 2000’s and has offered freelance home computer technical support and repair for over a decade. Joe is a fan of Ubuntu Linux and Open Source software and recently started offering Ubuntu installation and support for those just starting out with Linux through EzeeLinux.com. The goal of EzeeLinux is to make Linux easy and start them on the right foot so they can have the best experience possible. Joe lives in historic Portsmouth, VA in a hundred year old house with three cats, three kids and a network of computers built from scrounged parts, all happily running Linux.
(Last Updated On: September 1, 2018)

HOW TO INSTALL LINUX MINT 19

PREPARATION

1. Create bootable DVD or USB media.

* Download ISO image from https://linuxmint.com/
* You can burn a bootable DVD in Windows 7 and up simply by inserting a blank DVD and then double-clicking the ISO file.
* Creating a bootable USB drive will require you to install software. Find out more here: https://mintguide.org/tools/317-make-a-bootable-flash-drive-from-an-iso-image-on-linux-mint.html

2. Boot Linux Mint 18.

* You will have to turn off Secure Boot in your computer’s BIOS setting to be able to boot from a DVD or USB drive.
* Once you get Linux Mint 19 booted, take time to play around and ensure that all of you hardware is working properly.
* Check to see if you will need any proprietary drives for your system.
* Take some time to read through the Linux Mint User’s Guide to familiarize your self with the system.

3. Backup ALL Data You Wish To Keep!

* Do NOT use commercial backup software or the built-in Windows backup utility. Linux Mint MUST be able to read the files you create.
* Backups MUST be stored on a USB drive or other removable media.
* It is OK to store backup data in a Zip file. Linux Mint can open them with Archive Manager.

INSTALLATION

WARNING! Proceed at your own risk. Installing Linux Mint will wipe out your current Windows installation and all data you have stored on the computer. There is no way to “uninstall” Linux Mint!
* It is a good idea to have another computer, smartphone or tablet available so you can have access to the Internet in case you need to look something up.
* Turn off Secure Boot in your computer’s BIOS settings.
* Hook computer to the Internet with an Ethernet cable if drivers will be needed to use Wi-Fi.
* Boot Linux Mint
* Launch Linux Mint’s installer and follow the directions.
* Restart the computer. You are now Running Linux Mint!

POST-INSTALLATION SETUP

Follow the “First Steps” outlined in the Welcome Screen:
* Setup Timeshift
* Change to local mirrors
* Install ALL updates!
* Check for and install drivers.
* Restart the computer.

Tweaks:
* Open GNOME Disks and enable Write Cache for all internal drives.
* Enable recommended packages in Synaptic Package Manager
* Configure the Desktop and choose startup applications.
* Optional: Install Google Chrome browser: https://www.google.com/chrome/index.html
* Restart and have fun!

Linux Mint is now fully installed and ready to use.

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Check out http://www.ezeelinux.com for more about Linux.

More great Linux goodness!

Joe Collins
Joe Collins worked in radio and TV stations for over 20 years where he installed, maintained and programmed computer automation systems. Joe also worked for Gateway Computer for a short time as a Senior Technical Support Professional in the early 2000’s and has offered freelance home computer technical support and repair for over a decade.

Joe is a fan of Ubuntu Linux and Open Source software and recently started offering Ubuntu installation and support for those just starting out with Linux through EzeeLinux.com. The goal of EzeeLinux is to make Linux easy and start them on the right foot so they can have the best experience possible.

Joe lives in historic Portsmouth, VA in a hundred year old house with three cats, three kids and a network of computers built from scrounged parts, all happily running Linux.

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