In this tutorial, I will show you how to install Linux Mint and create a bootable flash drive. You can do this install a couple different ways, but I recommend backing up your current computer either way. Recently I created a tutorial on how to back up your Windows 10 computer. Windows 10 Backup Computer Files and Folders | Easy Instructions For Beginners (a1websitepro.com) Another thing that you want to note is if your computer is a 32 or a 64 bit operating system. This will let you know what version of Linux Mint that you can download.
Buy Latest Version of Linux Mint
The first part of this tutorial shows you how to create a bootable flash drive for your computer. If you would rather buy an already made bootable flash drive with Linux Mint on it, click here. The price range is anywhere from $10 to $40. If you want to create one yourself, then read on. If you already have a bootable flash drive with the latest Linux Mint on it then skip to the page that starts with, “Installing Linux Mint on a Computer”.
Linux Mint on Macintosh
If you are on a Macintosh computer, you do not need to worry about the bits. You need to click on the Apple icon, then click “About This Mac” then look for the processor heading. If you do not see Intel somewhere in the processor information, then you cannot install Linux Mint. For Mac users, I like this tutorial for installing Linux Mint on a Mac How to Install Linux on a Mac : HelloTech How. I do cover the Mac installation in this tutorial though. The process is very similar for any OS. For those of you using Windows or another version of Linux for your OS, read on.
Download Linux Mint
They call the current version Linux Mint 20.02 Uma and you can download it here. They have 3 different editions, but I recommend the “Cinnamon Edition” because it has the most features.
If you are running Windows, Mac or another version of Linux, download Etcher and install it. You will need Etcher to make a bootable disk to install Linux Mint. We will use this later in the tutorial.
Verifying Your ISO Image Download
Anyone can create an ISO Image, so it is important to verify your Linux Mint download. You should see 2 files where you downloaded your Linux Mint 20.02 above. They are sha256sum.txt and sha256sum.txt.gpg when you are on that page right click and select “Save Link As” then save it to your computer. We will do 2 tests, the Integrity Check and Authenticity Check, keep following along. Note that if you are on a Windows Operating system, go to page #2.
To do an “Integrity Check” generate your ISO a SHA256 and compare it with the sum in sha256.txt sum that you downloaded. Enter the following Code into your terminal. Make sure that you are in the same directory as your ISO file.
sha256sum -b yourfile.iso
Import Linux Mint Signing Key first by entering this code into the terminal.
gpg --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv-key "27DE B156 44C6 B3CF 3BD7 D291 300F 846B A25B AE09"
If it complains about the key ID, enter the following commands.
gpg --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv-key A25BAE09 gpg --list-key --with-fingerprint A25BAE09
Check the fingerprint to make sure it reads 27DE B156 44C6 B3CF 3BD7 D291 300F 846B A25B AE09
To verify it, enter the following into the terminal. Again make sure that you are in the same directory as your ISO file.
gpg --verify sha256sum.txt.gpg sha256sum.txt
If you are on Windows, we will do this a different way. Please follow along on the next page.