What You Need to Install Linux Mint

The requirements for successfully installing Linux Mint on to a PC are surprisingly low, so even a computer that’s several years old will happily run this distro. However, it’s worth checking you have everything in place before proceeding.

Here’s what you need to install and run Linux Mint. You have several choices available, so take your time and see which works best for you.

System Requirements

The minimum system requirements for Linux Mint are as follows:
CPU – 700MHz
RAM/Memory – 512MB
Hard Drive space – 9GB (20GB recommended)
Display – 1024 x 768 resolution

Obviously the better the system you have, the better the experience will be and quicker too.

USB Installation

You can install Linux Mint onto your computer via USB or DVD. We look into each a little later on but if you’re already familiar with the process, or thinking of USB and just gathering the hardware you need, then you’re going to need a minimum 4GB USB flash drive to store the Linux Mint ISO.

usb installation

DVD Installation

DVD installation of Linux Mint simply requires a blank DVD-R disc. Of course, you also need an optical drive (a DVD Writer drive) before you’re able to transfer or burn the ISO image to the disc.

Virtual Environment

Installation to a virtual environment is a favourite method of testing and using Linux distros. Linux Mint works exceedingly well when used in a virtual environment but more on that later. There are many different virtual environment apps available; however, VirtualBox, from Oracle, is one of the easiest to into. You can find the latest version at www.virtualbox.org.

Internet Connection

It goes without saying really, that an Internet connection is vital for making sure that Linux Mint is up to date with the latest updates and patches, as well as the installation of further software. Although you don’t need an Internet connection to use Linux Mint, you’ll miss out on a world of free software available for the distro.

MAC Hardware

Although Linux Mint can be installed onto a Mac, there’s a school of thought that recommends Mac owners use a virtual environment, such as Virtualbox or Parallels; and why not, macOS is already a splendid operating system. If you’re wanting to breathe new life into an older Mac, make sure it’s an Intel CPU model and not the Power PC models. Beware though, it’s not as pain free as installing on to a PC.

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David Hayward

David has spent most of his life tinkering with technology, from the ZX Spectrum, getting his hands on a Fujitsu VPP5000/100 supercomputer, and coding on an overheating Raspberry Pi. He's written for the likes of Micro Mart, Den of Geek, and countless retro sites and publications, covering reviews, creating code and bench testing the latest tech. He also has a huge collection of cables.

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