How to install Linux Mint on your Mac or Windows machine


I would rather donate money to Linux Mint, Canonical (Ubuntu) or the Open Document Foundation (LibreOffice) - which I do - then give another penny to Microsoft! I DO pay for my open source software. I support it (and write open source based software myself). Linux Mint is a great day-to-day OS.

IMHO, Linux Mint is a wonderful operating system and it certainly works for me. Both Linux Mint (Cinnamon) and Linux Mint (MATE) are lighter weight (memory-wise) than GNOME3 (used by Ubuntu, Fedora and others) but they are great too. Choice is good. That is not to say that Linux desktop distros are perfect. Far from it, but they are very usable. Windows 7 UI is intuitive to me. WIndows 10 is a strange meld of Windows 7 and Metro. Many people seem to like it but it seems unintuitive to me. Again, choice is good. If you like Windows (or macOS) then use it.

What is NOT good is that you cannot buy a (non-Mac) PC on the high street loaded with anything other than Windows. That is an enforced monopoly. It would be like being forced to have one sort of SIM card but being told “Well you can buy another type AS WELL if you want to!”

If there were well polished PCs running Linux Mint, Ubuntu or Fedora in (yeah I forgot your favourite distro!) then at least some non-techies would buy them. If children can use Raspberry Pi’s then non-techies can use desktop Linux. My family and friends do.


Installing linux to a live usb3 thumbdrive is generally a lot snappier, and lets you save data/updates to the thumbdrive between sessions.


You can help support the Linux Mint team and make installation as easy as possible by getting the installation discs from the Linux Mint store for only $5.95


I make bootable usb images these days… but yes I should throw them some $$$.


They sell those too! The 16Gb version is $14.95


OBS also runs flawlessly on it as well with no lag on my web cam like in Winblows 10. :white_check_mark:


Depends on your use case and how long you’ve been using Linux. The first time I used Linux I had to figure out what modelines to use to make XFree86 work right with my monitor. I think I ended up buying something like Partition Magic so I could dual-boot without wiping out Windows. Nowadays that’s much simpler.

Personally, I switched to Fedora when I realized how much of the Linux distribution space is following their lead now. I don’t think their KDE spin is the absolute best Plasma Desktop distribution, but it’s close!

So as someone else pointed out, Ubuntu likes to use swap files now instead of swap partitions, but they’re not ideal in all use cases. The idea is that you have dedicated drive space where stuff can be swapped in and out of RAM if you run out of it. And yes, if you have 32GB+ of RAM, you can still run out; know how Android phones used to just freeze up when they ran out of memory? Linux (well, technically Android is also Linux) will do the same thing. In both cases, they call an Out-of-Memory Killer to kill any processes it thinks it can do without. Just go for it. You don’t get the option on OS X or Windows. And if you’re just devoting a computer and drive to Linux, it’ll just be part of the install process and transparent.


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