Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” Released – Installation Guide with Screenshots & Features

The long awaited moment of Linux Mint 17 ‘Qiana‘ Cinnamon and Mate final releases has come, Linux Mint developers proudly announced on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 on their official Linux Mint webpage the newly Linux Mint releases with long term support until 2019.

Clement Lefebvre: “It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use. The Update manager has been hugely improved. It shows more information, it looks better, it feels faster, and it gets less in your way. It no longer needs to reload itself in root mode when you click on it. It no longer checks for an Internet connection or waits for the network manager and it no longer locks the APT cache at session startup. The UI has been improved, the icons were modified a bit and the changelog retrieval is now much faster and more reliable.”

Linux Mint 17 Features

Some of this release features are:

  1. A improved new Update Manager version.
  2. Without internet connection ‘Driver Manager’ can install drivers.
  3. MDM 1.6 Login Screen now support HiDPI and recovery mode.
  4. A new Language Settings tool.
  5. An enhanced Software Sources configuration utility.
  6. A light redesigned Welcome Screen.
  7. Better settings for Cinnamon 2.2.
  8. Improved MATE 1.8.
  9. Few system improvements.
  10. A nice collection of backgrounds.
  11. Linux Kernel 3.13.
  12. EFI and Bluetooth support.
  13. PAE Kernel for x32bit versions.
  14. Booting with non-PAE CPUs
  15. Solving freezes with some NVIDIA GeForce GPUs
  16. No support for Nvidia Optimus graphics chipsets yet (minimal support is provided by nvidia-prime package).

For more information and download mirrors please visit official Linux Mint webpage.

  1. Linux Mint 17 Qiana Mate: http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2627
  2. Linux Mint 17 Qiana Cinnamon: http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2626

This tutorial will focus on performing a single-boot fresh installation of Linux Mint 17 Qiana Mate on GPT disks (only for 64-bit OS versions) but the settings can be applied on Cinnamon version also. Be aware that dual-boot with a Windows OS will not work using GPT partition scheme on computers with BIOSes (Microsoft Windows will boot in EFI mode if it detects a GPT partition label) so use GPT partitions with dual-boot only on computers with Extensible Firmware Interface –EFI or Unified EFI -UEFI firmware else use only Linux Mint single boot on non-EFI computers with GPT scheme or dual-boot with Windows OS on BIOSes (Grub Legacy) with MBR partition scheme.

If you already have a previous version of Linux Mint installed on your computer and you want to upgrade to Qiana follow use the instructions from my former tutorial on Upgrade Linux Mint 16 (Petra) to Linux Mint 17 (Qiana).

Step 1: Create GPT Partition Layout

1. Download on of the Linux Mint 17 versions from the above mirrors and burn it to a DVD or create a USB bootable drive.

2. Place your USB stick or DVD in your computer drive and select your appropriate boot medium from BIOS/UEFI menu.

3. When the first Linux Mint screen appears press [Enter] key, choose Start Linux Mint and wait for the system to completely load.

Booting Linux Mint 17

Booting Linux Mint

Start Linux Mint

Start Linux Mint

4. After Linux Mint completely loads into a Live state go to Menu, type gparted on Search field and start GParted disk partitioner.

GParted Disk Partitioner.

GParted Disk Partitioner.

5. On GParted select your first hard-disk from right tab then go to GParted Menu -> Device -> Create Partition Table, choose GPT on Warning window, then click on Apply.

Create Partition Table

Create Partition Table

Select GPT Partition Type

Select GPT Partition Type

6. Then left click on unallocated space, select New and enter the following settings for this partition then click on Add.

  1. New size = 20 Mib
  2. File system = Unformatted
  3. Label = Bios Grub
Create Bios Grub Partition

Create Bios Grub Partition

Enter Partition Size

Enter Partition Size

7. The next partition will hold the Boot Grub. Again select unallocated space -> New and use the following settings for this partition.

  1. New size = ~300 MB
  2. File system = ext2/ext3/ext4 (choose whatever file system you like)
  3. Label = EFI Boot
Create EFI Boot Partition

Create EFI Boot Partition

8. The next partition will be for Linux Swap. Again select unallocated space -> New and use the following settings for this partition.

  1. New size = RAMx2 MB
  2. File system = Unformatted
  3. Label = Swap
Create Swap Partition

Create Swap Partition

9. Next partition should be for ROOT. Same steps as previous partitions with following settings.

  1. New size = min 20000 MB (20Gb)
  2. File system = ext4
  3. Label = root
Create Root Partition

Create Root Partition

10. The last partition will be for users $HOME. Again select the remaining unallocated space -> New and use the following settings for this partition.

  1. New size = default value (this will be the rest of free space in case you don’t want to create other partitions)
  2. File system = ext4
  3. Label = home
Create Home Partition

Create Home Partition

11. After you have finished partition creation process press [Ctrl]+[Enter] keys and hit on Apply pop-up window button to write your newly partition table on hard-disk.

Apply Partition Changes

Apply Partition Changes

Apply Operations to Device

Apply Operations to Device

Operation Completed Successfully

Operation Completed Successfully

12. After the partition table was successfully written close the window and navigate on your first partition (/dev/sda1), right click on it, go to Manage Flags, select bios_grub then close the window.

Manage Flags

Manage Flags

Select Bios Grub

Select Bios Grub

13. Again, do the same thing with EFI Boot partition (/dev/sda2) but this time select legacy_boot partition Flag.

EFI Boot partition

EFI Boot partition

Select Legacy Boot

Select Legacy Boot

GParted Partition Table

GParted Partition Table

Step 2: Install Linux Mint 17 [Mate]

14. After you are done setting the disk partition layout, close Gparted and hit Install Linux Mint icon from desktop.

Install Linux Mint 17

Install Linux Mint

15. Select your system Language and click Continue.

Select  System Language

Select System Language

16. The next screen will verify your system available free space and internet connection to ensure that the system meats the minimal requirements for disk space for an optimal installation. If you have no internet connection shouldn’t be a problem so shoot Continue.

Preparing to Install Linux Mint

Preparing to Install Linux Mint

17. Because we previously created system hard-disk partition layout, on the next screen choose Something else and click on Continue.

Select Installation Type

Select Installation Type

18. Now it’s time to tell installer how to use system partition table, created earlier. First choose the boot partition (/dev/sda2) and make the following settings (/dev/sda1 leave it untouched).

  1. Size = leave it unchanged
  2. Use as = Ext2/Ext3/Ext4 filesystem (ext4 is faster while ext2 is more suitable for small partitions due to its lack of journalize)
  3. Check Format the partition
  4. Mount point = /boot
Select Boot Partition

Select Boot Partition

Enter Boot Size

Enter Boot Size

19. Next setup Linux Swap (/dev/sda3) using default chosen size and Use as swap area.

Set Swap Partition

Set Swap Partition

20. Configure root partition (/dev/sda4) with the following options.

  1. Size = leave it untouched
  2. Use as = Ext4 journaling file system
  3. Check Format the partition
  4. Mount point = /
Configure Root Partition

Configure Root Partition

21. Finally configure HOME partition with the following settings.

  1. Size = leave it untouched
  2. Use as = Ext4 journaling file system
  3. Check Format the partition
  4. Mount point = /home
Configure Home Partition

Configure Home Partition

22. The final partition table should look like in the screenshots below. After you verify it again and make sure it suits your needs hit on Install Now button.

Final Partition Table

Final Partition Table

Install Now Linux Mint

Install Now Linux Mint

23. If your computer has Internet connection the installer will automatically detect your location else choose your real location using the provided map and hit on Continue.

Select Your Location

Select Your Location

24. On the next screen choose your Keyboard layout then click on Continue.

Select Keyboard Layout

Select Keyboard Layout

25. For the final settings of your system pick a username and a password for your computer and choose an appropriate name for Computer then Continue.

Enter User Details

Enter User Details

26. After the installer successfully finishes its job remove the installer media and reboot your computer.

Installation Process

Installation Process

Installation Complete - Reboot

Installation Complete – Reboot

Congratulations! Now you have Linux Mint 17 Qiana with Mate desktop environment installed on your computer using GPT partition layout.

Linux Mint 17 Installed

Linux Mint 17 Installed

Linux Mint 17 Login Screen

Linux Mint 17 Login Screen

Linux Mint 17 Desktop

Linux Mint 17 Desktop

Note down that depending on your computer EFI/UEFI the system might not boot properly and this settings may not work for you, so should dig the subject as a starting point using this pages.

  1. EFI Bootloaders Principles
  2. UEFI Community
  3. Install Linux Mint on UEFI Supported Device

Although this experiment was done as a single boot under a virtualized environment with no UEFI and using a small disk in size the partition table scheme should be valid for most of EFI/BIOS computers with the remark that you can’t use GPT disk layout in dual-boot on BIOS computers and some UEFI/EFI systems can impose problems on booting from GPT disks (disabling Secure Boot might help in some cases), so if you plan on using disks smaller than 2GB in size you should stick to MBR partition layout.

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25 Responses

  1. Don says:

    First THANKYOU for the clean, concise and accurate procedures presented here. Im a former 90s/ early Y2K (remember that?) IT guy, Computer Consultant in the day. Fell asleep for 15 years. Installed 1st dedicated Linux Mint Cinnamon Ver 17.3 desktop last night. Great Instructions! One observation is very few sites reference ver 17.3, even the LinuxMint user docs are still 17.2.
    One issue was with Bios grub partition in step 6. Then left click on unallocated space, select New and enter the following settings for this partition then click on Add.
    1. New size = 20 Mib
    2. File system = Unformatted
    3. Label = Bios Grub
    Upon Step 11 press [Ctrl]+[Enter] keys and hit on Apply pop-up…. The File system automatically set itself to NTFS. This just felt wrong… I deleted the entry and redone. Same thing occurred. Still felt wrong for Bios grub so I changed File system to ext4 and it accepted it. Continued with installation and all so far seems fine. Is this CORRECT? I believe it has something to do with my bios. American Megatrends ver 2.61? I didn’t find anything in bios config which allowed me to specify OS to be installed. How will the ext4 for Bios Grub effect system performance and communicating with other windows drives/ files (when I add them)? Also is there any adverse effects or steps to take if I attempt to upgrade my bios?
    Thank you again… Very nice much appreciated!

  2. NewToLinuxToo says:

    @lxhopeful, instead of leaving it as unformatted, you can choose ext4. In some of the other screenshots of step #13 it shows the format as ext4. I first tried with unformatted and was unsuccessful in the install. I went back into gparted and changed it to ext4 and was able to run through the install successfully.

  3. lxhopeful says:

    I got to instruction #13 and stopped. The Swap partition has one of those orange warning icons and the File system = unknown, the label is gone and under Used and Unused there are —.

    the info states:
    Status: not mounted; there’s no UUID or label and the Warning says:
    Unable to detect the file system! Possible reasons are:
    -file system is damaged
    -file system is unknown to GParted
    -there is no file system available (unformatted)
    -the device entry /dev/sda3 is missing

    Can this be fixed, can the partitions be deleted and I start over. I have not completed the installation as I have already replaced Windows 8.1, I think. That is not a big deal as that was my intent anyway.

    Don’t know if this has anything to do with it, but while I setting up swap, I clicked undo a couple of times because I had entered the incorrect amount.

    Also the other thing I noticed in screenshot #13 is that the /dev/sda1 (the one set for 20MB) as unknown File System but mine came up as nfts with the orange warning icon.

    Is anything major wrong and can I start over. I won’t shut the computer down since there’s no OS at the moment except for the Live USB.

    • Matei Cezar says:

      Since you don’t have any important data to save from partitions, a complete start over is indicated. In case you must save data from partitions use a live CD to mount damaged partitions and proceed with data saving, using testdisk or photorec!

  4. Pratyay Barman says:

    Hi
    I have ASUS AM1A-ITX as my motherboard which only has UEFI .Do I need to do the 7th step (i.e. creating 300 MB partition to hold the Boot Grub) ?

  5. Finnipinni says:

    Hi.
    I’ve been insider for W8 and W10.
    I do not like the way MS is turning this systen into a supermarket supporter. The program prior case is to makeit easy to shop – in as many shops as you like.
    Bugs are not beeing taken proper care of. Devicemanager do not show all CPU activity – CPU beeing hot with no activity ? Not born yesterday…
    And IrDA does not work, an I am dependent on that. SI’m dropping out !
    Before this insiderhoaks I used Mint up to v.13.
    Now I’m sitting on UEFI mobo and GPT-disks all over – and no DVD player.
    It has to be USB-stik for the first time.
    This – wery long – instruction I didn’t quite follow.
    1. Can I dowload Mint17 directly to the stick ?
    2. Do I have to do anything with the stick? (USB3-NTFS)
    3. Do I have to do anything in the UEFI ? Its running sole UEFI, Legacy is disabled.
    Many questions from me….
    Thanks i anvance :)

  6. YOU ARE GUYS DOIN GOOD JOB KEEP IT UP & GOD BLESS YOU……

  7. John says:

    Why not put all the caviots at the top of the article? I’m on a small hard drive and followed the guide step by step only to read at the end, “stick with MBR”.

  8. Mark says:

    I appreciate the thoroghness and simplicity of this tutorial , however it has a fatal flaw:

    If the EFI partition is not set to FAT32 before beginning installation, the new Mint installation will not build the GPT correctly and will not boot, showing the error “Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected.” on the boot screen… until I changed the partition to FAT32 and reinstalled. Then it booted just fine.

    Cheers,

  9. John says:

    This is a late answer, but may it will help you:
    http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=173423

    I would suggest change Fat32 in NTFS

  10. jr says:

    This is a pretty old threat but I’m hoping one of you guys can help me..
    I can’t get mint linux 17.1 to allow me to install on FAT32 format /boot partition… Any suggestions?

    • Mark says:

      If you’re just looking for a shared space for music and videos format a new partition in FAT32 for that purpose. FAT is not a very good file system… it blocks all the time. NTFS would be better for such a shared area.

      • Ravi Saive says:

        @Mark,
        FAT32 is too old filesystem and don’t have much support for latest filesystems, so always use NTFS…:)

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