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How to Install Linux Mint!

For first-time Linux users.

This tutorial is for Windows users trying Linux for the first time. It will show you all the steps required to install Linux Mint 10 KDE version. Mint 10 is a very stable version, and the KDE desktop environment is similiar to Windows, making it easy to learn. This tutorial deals with installing Linux on a PC, with or without Windows installed; it is not designed for Macs or the Mac OS. For information on installing Mint on a Mac, see this tutorial.

System Requirements:

You will need a PC with at least a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, a hard drive with at least 10 GB of free space, a DVD player and an Internet connection.

Let's Get Started!

First download a copy of Linux Mint (its free!) from one of the links on our Downloads page. If you don't have a DVD burner, you can purchase a copy on DVD online: Linux Mint 10 for 32-bit (for PCs with 32-bit processors, or 64-bit with less than 4 GBs of RAM) or Linux Mint 10 for 64-bit (for PCs with 64-bit processors and 4 GBs or more of RAM).

Burn the ISO image to a blank DVD (for detailed instructions on this, see page 8 of the User Guide); then with the DVD in your DVD drive, reboot the computer. (make sure that your PC is set to boot from the DVD drive first)

When the DVD boots, you will see this screen:

Linux boot screen 1

then this one:

Linux boot screen 2

This will remain for a few minutes and then you will see the Linux Live Desktop:

Linux Live Desktop

Now you can try Linux out, if you like. This is a Live DVD and will work just like Linux, only a bit slower. When you are ready to install, double-click on the "Install Linux Mint" button, in the upper left corner:

Install Linux Button

Now let's go to the next page.......

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