Dumping Windows and installing Linux Mint, in just 10 minutes

One of my older netbook computers, an Acer Aspire V5, is still being used by my partner. It still runs Windows 7, but it has been acting up very badly recently, and I finally decided that rather than spend a few hours trying to get it to limp along a while longer again, I would just trash everything on it and install Linux Mint for her.

Besides the obvious step of dumping Windows, there is another big step for me in this. I am not going to make my usual multi-boot Linux configuration on this netbook, I am only going to install Linux Mint, and let it use the entire disk as it sees fit.

The first step is to download the latest Linux Mint installation image, from the Download Linux Mint page. Because this is a netbook (read as: slow CPU and limited memory), I chose to install the Mint Xfce version. However, the actual installation time for any of the Mint versions (Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, or Xfce) are essentially the same.

After downloading the installation image, and verifying the checksum, I wrote it to a USB stick. I then booted that USB stick in the Aspire V5, which gave me this Mint Live screen:

Linux Mint 18.2 Xfce Live Desktop

Image: J.A. Watson

This is pretty simple. It’s a Live desktop, you can try it out, see if all your hardware works, connect wired or wireless to the internet, whatever else you might want. When you are convinced that everything works and you want to install it, just double-click the Install Linux Mint icon on the desktop.

Mint Installation Welcome and Language

Image: J.A. Watson

Not much to do here. If you want a language other than English for the installation and the installed system, select it here.

Network Selection

Image: J.A. Watson

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