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How To Install Linux using a LiveCD

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.


How To Install Linux Mint 11
1. Download the LiveCD ISO image from http://linuxmint.com
2. Burn the image onto a CD or DVD. Tutorial: How To Burn A LiveCD.
3. Boot your computer from the CD 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 dialog box
Allocate drive space dialog box
Erase disk and install Linux Mint dialog box
Where are you? dialog box
Keyboard layout dialog box
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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