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How to Install Linux Using Live Media

Updated: 21-Sep-2011

In our 2009 screencast we illustrated how to install Linux Mint 7 from a LiveCD. In this update, we have produced a tutorial for installing Linux Mint 11. The steps are basically the same, but we thought you might like some updated screenshots. Listen to Episode 150 of our podcast if you would like to follow along as we help Allison Sheridan of the Nosillacast podcast walk through these steps, installing Linux Mint 11 in VMWare on her Mac laptop.

We chose Linux Mint because it is arguably the easiest to use, and is rapidly becoming the most popular Linux distribution available. It also comes pre-installed with the software utilities necessary to enjoy media-rich experience most computer users want today. The installation steps given in this tutorial are similar, if not identical, for any installable Linux LiveCD.

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How To Install Linux Mint 11

  1. Download the LiveCD ISO image from http://linuxmint.com
  2. Burn the image onto a CD, DVD or USB drive.

    These instructions work for any Linux ISO file, including Linux Mint: Burning ISO HowTo (from Ubuntu)

  3. Boot your computer from the CD, DVD or USB drive you just created.
  4. Double-click the "Install Linux Mint" launcher on the desktop and follow the steps shown in the dialog boxes below.
    Preparing to install Linux Mint
    How much space do you want to use?
    Ready? Go!
    Set your location
    Choose your keyboard layout
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Finally, give the installer your full name, a name for your computer, your login credentials (username and password) and reboot.

If you are installing Mint 11 on a virtual machine (VirtualBox in particular) you may need to change a setting to get it to behave properly. Release notes: http://linuxmint.com/rel_katya.php (Modify /etc/xdg/autostart/gnome-settings-daemon.desktop and replace Exec=/usr/lib/gnome-settings-daemon/gnome-settings-daemon with Exec=bash -c "sleep 20; /usr/lib/gnome-settings-daemon/gnome-settings-daemon.)

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