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Install Linux Mint¶

The live session¶

When you boot the computer from the USB stick (or DVD), Linux Mint starts a live session . It logs you in automatically as a user called mint and shows you a desktop with the installer on it:

The Linux Mint live session

The live session is similar to a normal session (i.e. to Linux Mint once it is permanently installed on the computer), but with the following exceptions:

  • The Live session is slower (it is loaded from a USB stick or DVD as opposed to a SSD or HDD).
  • Changes you make in the live session are not permanent. They are not written to the USB stick (or DVD) and they do not impact the system installed by the installer.
  • Some applications work differently (or not at all) in the live session (Timeshift, Flatpak, Update Manager, Welcome Screen..etc.).

The username for the live session is mint . If asked for a password press Enter .

Installing Linux Mint on the computer¶

To permanently install Linux Mint on your computer:

  1. Double-click Install Linux Mint .
  2. Select your language.

  1. If you are connected to the Internet, tick the box to install the multimedia codecs.

If Linux Mint is the only operating system you want to run on this computer and all data can be lost on the hard drive, choose Erase disk and install Linux Mint .

Encrypt the new Linux Mint installation for security refers to full disk encryption. At this stage of the installation your keyboard layout wasn’t yet selected so it is set to en_US. If you decide to use this option, keep this in mind when entering a password. Note that there are issues with this option and some NVIDIA drivers. If you are new to Linux use home directory encryption instead (you can select it later during the installation).

If another operating system is present on the computer, the installer shows you an option to install Linux Mint alongside it. If you choose this option, the installer automatically resizes your existing operating system, makes room and installs Linux Mint beside it. A boot menu is set up to choose between the two operating systems each time you start your computer.

If you want to manage the partitions or specify which partitions to use, select Something else .

Linux Mint requires one partition to be mounted on the root / directory.

The Linux Mint operating system (without additional software or personal data) takes roughly 15GB, so give this partition a decent size (100GB or more).

ext4 is recommended. It is the most popular Linux filesystem.

Also create a swap partition. This partition is used for hibernation and as a safety buffer in case your computer runs out of RAM. Give this partition a size equal to the amount of RAM in your computer.

Your name can be your real name, but it doesn’t have to be. It is only used locally, in the screensaver and on the login screen.

Your username is what you log in as, and your hostname is the name of your computer on the network.

To prevent bugs only use lowercase characters, with no punctuation or accentuation.

To protect your personal data against local attacks (people around you, or in case your computer gets stolen), tick Encrypt my home folder .

Choose a strong password.

  1. Enjoy the slideshow while Linux Mint is installed on your computer.

When the installation is finished, click Restart Now .

The computer will then start to shut down and ask you to remove the USB disk (or DVD). Upon reboot, your computer should show you a boot menu or start your newly installed Linux Mint operating system.

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Post by joeg1484 » Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:23 pm

I have a group of users who will be migrating off Windows XP to Mint 9. They saw my laptop and every one of them wanted to use the same software.

All the other laptops are the same and there are 22 of them. What I want to do is this:

1. Create one laptop install with Mint 9 with multiple partitions.
2. Install all our office applications, VPN, screen gadgets, and what not.
3. Image the install and copy it to a server.
4. Boot each machine from the network and be able to install the image to their laptop.
5. Have them log in and work.

I did some searching on the web and there is some information on setting up bootp and doing a network install, but they all assume a fresh install with no additional software installed. I would like to bring down a fully functional image to laptops with the same hardware.

Is there any documentation you can point me to on how to set this all up; some kind of step-by-step process or wiki would be nice.


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Setting Up a Home Network with Linux Mint

Most households have multiple computers, whether it’s a combination of desktops, laptops, or a mix of both, plus wireless gadgets such as tablets and smart phones. One of the most fundamental and useful tasks is being able to share folders, files, and printers across a home network. Let’s take a look at one of the easiest ways to share/access files from multiple devices running Linux Mint. As a note, this should work with Ubuntu as well, but I find Linux Mint a bit easier to use and is the reference for this article.

There are a few different ways to set up a home Linux network, but the following method is how I setup my desktop and laptops all running Linux Mint.

1. Gather/Setup the Internal IP addresses on all the computers that you will be networking.

On the system tray, right click on the Network Manager icon and select “Connection Information”. Depending on your connection type, the network manager icon might display an icon with a pair of linked computer (for cable connection) or an icon with the wireless status (for wireless connection). This window will show you all of the network information you will need for the device, including its IP address.

Setup a static IP or reserve addresses

Since most PC’s and routers use DHCP by default to get internal IP addresses automatically, there is a chance that the IP address for a device may change if it is rebooted or if the lease is renewed. This can cause the network share to disconnect. There are two ways to resolve this:

  • In your router settings, you can set a reserved IP address for a specific physical address (MAC address)
  • You can create a static IP for the network interface.

I use static IP’s for my devices and will show that procedure in this article. If you want to reserve IP addresses in the router, you will need to check your particular router’s settings. Each router is different but should have a setting to reserve a specific IP address for a specific MAC address.

To set up a static IP in Linux Mint, right-click on the network manager icon in the system tray and select “Edit Connections”. Choose the “Wired” tab if the PC is connected via network cable or “Wireless” if connected by wireless. Highlight the correct interface or wireless network and click “Edit”.

In the “Edit” window, select the IPv4 tab. Click the drop-down and select “manual”. Then edit the IP address, NetMask, and Gateway information. You need to make sure the IP address for each device is unique. I normally just use the current IP that was given via DHCP and make sure it becomes the static IP. You can use any numbering scheme you like as long as they are unique. After all the information is entered, click Apply and from that moment forward that device will always have the IP address that you manually typed in.

2. Install the SSH Server on each device.

SSH is secure and easy to use. The SSH client software is installed by default, but the server is not. If you want to be able to connect to a specific device, that device must have SSH Server installed. If you never want to connect to a specific device you can skip this step. You’ll be able to connect from that device to another device in that case (client to server).

To install OpenSSH Server, open your terminal and type:

Type in your sudo password and the SSH server will install. That’s all there is to it!

3. Configure the Firewall settings on each Device

You will need to set the Firewall settings on each device to allow traffic to come in from the other devices. Go to the “Menu -> All Applications -> Firewall Configuration” or at a command line, type:

This will bring up the GUI frontend to the ufw firewall. Click “Add” and click the Advanced tab. In the “From” box, type in the IP address of the device that will be connecting to this device, and in the “To” box, type in the address of this device (the device whose firewall settings you are now configuring). Click “Add” and you will see the rule in the main window. In this example, IP is the computer that I am setting the firewall configuration on and the rule is allowing traffic from the device at

Add rules for any other devices that will need to connect/share with this device to ensure the firewall will accept traffic and file sharing.

4. Connect to Each Device/Desktop/Laptop.

After SSH is installed and all firewall settings are correctly configured, it’s the moment of truth; now we will create connections via SSH to the device that we want to share with.

Let’s say that the device on is a laptop and we’re connecting it to which is a desktop.

  1. On the laptop, open the Nautilus file manager.
  2. Click on “File -> Connect to Server”.
  3. In the “service type” drop-down, select SSH.
  4. Type in the IP Address of the device you wish to connect to, in this example: Then click Connect. If it finds to device correctly, you will see a login window. Type in your username and password for the device you are connecting to and select “Remember forever”.

5. Linux Mint will then mount a folder directory to the computer at the IP address you named and a File Directory window will open allowing you to browse the networked computer’s folders and files.

5. Create a Folder Shortcut.

Once you have access to the remote/networked computer, you can create a shortcut folder in the left sidebar of the File Manager window. Simply drag a folder into the left sidebar (I normally drag the “Home” folder from the remote computer). You can then rename the folder to something meaningful, such as “Desktop_Home”. Now anytime you click on this folder, it will connect to the networked computer and you can access its directory. Since you saved the password, you will not need to login again, unless the password is changed in the future.

6. Rinse and Repeat

Now you can simply repeat the process on the other devices and create the shortcut folder on each one. Whenever you want to share across device, you can connect via the shared folder shortcut (providing the other device is on, of course!).

Though it involves a few steps, I found this is one of the easier ways to access folders and files amongst my desktops and laptops at home that are all running Linux Mint. What other ways do you use to create a home network?

Chuck Romano is a business and technology professional with over 10 years experience in document imaging and 11 years in computer repair. Chuck provides results driven expertise in fields such as Healthcare IT, document imaging/workflow systems, marketing, and management. He is a Linux enthusiast and evangelist.


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