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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.