How To Install Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana”

Linux Mint 20, code-named “Ulyana” is a long term support (LTS) release which will be supported until 2025. It comes in three desktop editions: Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce.

To learn more about Linux Mint 20 new features and improvements, see: Linux Mint 20 is Now Available to Download.

In this article, you will learn how to install Linux Mint 20 Cinnamon desktop edition, but the same instructions work for the MATE and Xfce editions as well.

System Requirements:

  • 1 GiB RAM (2 GiB recommended)
  • 15 GB of hard-drive space (20 GB recommended)
  • 1024×768 resolution

Download Linux Mint 20

The latest release of Linux Mint 20, can be downloaded using the following links.

Installing Linux Mint 20 Cinnamon Edition

1. After downloading the Linux Mint 20 iso image, burn the image to a DVD or create a bootable USB stick using a tool such as Universal USB Installer (which is BIOS compatible) or Rufus (which is UEFI compatible).

2. Next, insert the bootable USB device or DVD in the appropriate drive on your machine. Then restart the machine and instruct the BIOS/UEFI to boot-up from the DVD/USB by pressing a special function key (usually F2, F10, or F12 depending on the vendor specifications) to access the boot device order menu.

Once the computer boots from the bootable media, you will see the Linux Mint 20 GRUB welcome screen as shown in the following screenshot. Select Start Linux Mint and click Enter.

Linux Mint 20 Grub Menu
Linux Mint 20 Grub Menu

3. After Linux Mint loads, click the Install Linux Mint icon as highlighted in the following image.

Install Linux Mint 20
Install Linux Mint 20

4. Once the installer welcome page loads, select the installation language you prefer to use. Then click Continue.

Choose Linux Mint 20 Installation Language
Choose Linux Mint 20 Installation Language

5. Next, choose your keyboard layout and click Continue.

Choose Linux Mint 20 Keyboard Layout
Choose Linux Mint 20 Keyboard Layout

6. Next, choose the option to install media codes (required to play some video formats and to properly render some websites). Then click Continue.

Install Multimedia Codes in Linux Mint 20
Install Multimedia Codes in Linux Mint 20

7. Next, choose the installation type. For this guide, we will consider a scenario of installing Linux Mint on an unpartitioned hard drive without an existing operating system. We will show how to manually partition your hard drive for the installation.

Select Something else from the two available options. Then click Continue.

choose Linux Mint 20 Installation Type
choose Linux Mint 20 Installation Type

8. Next, select/click on the unpartitioned storage device from the list of available storage devices. Then click New Partition Table. Importantly, the installer will automatically select the device on which the boot-loader will be installed.

Create New Partition Table
Create New Partition Table

9. In the next pop-up window, click Continue to create an empty partition table on the device.

Confirm Create New Partition Table
Confirm Create New Partition Table

10. The installer will create a free space equivalent to the capacity of the hard drive. Now double click on the free space to create a partition as described next.

Create a New Partition
Create a New Partition

Creating root(/) Partition

11. The root partition stores the base system files. To create it, enter the size of the new partition (out of the total free space). Then select the file system type to (the default is EXT4 journaling file system type), the mount point should be set to / (meaning root partition) from the drop-down list. Then click Ok.

Create Root Partition
Create Root Partition

12. The root partition should now appear in the list of partitions as shown in the following screenshot.

Root Partition Created
Root Partition Created

Creating Swap Area/Partition

13. Next, you need to create a swap partition/area using the available free space. Double click on the free space to create a new partition to be used as swap area.

Choose Free Space
Choose Free Space

14. In the pop-up window, enter the swap partition size and set the Use as to swap area.

Create a Swap Partition
Create a Swap Partition

15. Now, you should have two partitions (root and swap area) created. Next, click Install Now button, the installer will prompt you to accept the new changes in the hard disk partition layout. Click Continue to proceed.

Confirm Partition Changes to Disk
Confirm Partition Changes to Disk

16. Next, select your location and click Continue.

Choose Your Location
Choose Your Location

17. Next, enter your user details for system account creation. Provide your full name, the computer’s name and username, and a strong, secure password.

Create New Account
Create New Account

18. If all is ok, the installation of the base system files and packages should start highlighted in the following screenshot, wait for it to complete.

Installing Linux Mint 20 System
Installing Linux Mint 20 System

19. When the base system installation is complete, restart your system by clicking Restart Now.

Linux Mint 20 Installation Complete
Linux Mint 20 Installation Complete

20. After the restart, remove the installation media, otherwise, the system will still boot from it. At the GRUB menu, select Linux Mint and allow it to load.

Choose Linux Mint 20 Cinnamon
Choose Linux Mint 20 Cinnamon

21. At the login interface, enter your account password to log in. Then click Enter.

Linux Mint 20 Login
Linux Mint 20 Login

22. After login, you will see the start-up welcome message. To disable this message, unchecked the option highlighted in the following screenshot.

Linux Mint 20 Welcome Screen
Linux Mint 20 Welcome Screen
Linux Mint 20 Cinnamon Desktop
Linux Mint 20 Cinnamon Desktop

Congratulations! In this guide, we showed how to install Linux Mint 20 Cinnamon edition on your computer. Enjoy! Do share your thoughts with us via the feedback below.

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12 thoughts on “How To Install Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana””

  1. I am running a system with Windows 10 fully updated and VMWare version 15 desktop. I have multiple virtual mint mate 19.3 systems on the 1 gig drive. I want to install mate 20 but am thoroughly confused as to how the format process will affect my other virtual system if I proceed with the format question which has now added a statement that all existing formats will be deleted and two new ones created. Is this speaking only of the new 20 gig drive I am creating under VMWare or of the entire hard drive? I am a relative newbie having self-taught Linux Mint for about 10 months.

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  2. Hi,

    I have tried to follow this process to clean load mint 19 with mint 20 but I lose it at the partition step.

    I do not get the option for a swap partition

    Is there an alternate name for the partition?

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    • @David

      There is not an alternate name, as you can see, the use as an option shows swap area. Try to read more about the swap area in Linux/Unix.

      Reply
  3. Hi, I have followed the instructions for adding separate root & swap partitions. Installer (from USB) said “NO EFI System Partition was found” so won’t boot/install will fail. Sounds like a critical step – curious why whatever process to avoid this message is not included in the above tutorial.

    Thank you

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  4. Hello Ravi,

    I’ve been using Linux Mint (Maya) for years and have been very happy with it. My computer is an HP a1129n, purchased in 2005, and the original HD stopped working in 2014. I then purchased a Seagate HD in 2014 and last year 2015 it crashed and since it still had the manufacturer’s warranty, it has been replaced with two other HD’s which also crashed in a few weeks.

    They all made the same sounds of clicking and attempting to start but wouldn’t turn on. However, this last HD also gave a message that the Greeter Application was crashing and then gave the option of an alternate one if I pressed Okay, which I did.

    It came on but when I attached the printer USB, it went dead. Sometimes it still comes on but when I use an accessory such as a CD or USB or Printer, it immediately goes dead. Please give me some info on the Greeter Application, its function and location and whether it has been causing these HD’s to stop responding. Thank you so much.

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    • @Phil,

      Strange, I am using My Laptop since 2008, but never had a such problem of crashing HD that too frequently, my HD is still working fine without any issues, to fact I keep updating my OS with latest version of Linux distros, currently I use Linux Mint 18 which is super fast, stable and better performance, about USB stuff, Linux Mint is very good in detecting all pluggable devices..I think you should upgrade your OS and see…

      Reply
  5. This is my first tryout with Linux; I’ve only ever used Windows previously. Your run through was so easy to follow and get it up running. I’m looking forward to learning Mint now.

    Many thanks.

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    • @Martin

      You are welcome to the Linux family. We create Linux tutorials and how-to guides for both beginners like you and experts. Always feel free to share any queries with us. Thanks for the useful feedback.

      Reply

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