Linux Mint 16 “Petra” Released – Installation Guide with Screenshots & Features

Linux Mint 16 codename “Petra” based on Ubuntu 13.10 was released on Saturday 30 November, 2013 and made available in two editions i.e MATE & Cinnamon. The new release comes with latest and greatest updated software’s, security updates, bug fixes and many improvements. Some of the exciting new feature adds extra and even more out-of-the-box experience.

Linux Mint is one of the most popular Ubuntu derivative Linux which is compatible with Ubuntu Software Repository. In this article we are covering installation of MATE version of Linux Mint 16. The Cinnamon version of installation we will be cover in our up-coming article.

Main Features and highlights:

  1. Based on Ubuntu 13.10
  2. Linux Kernel 3.11
  3. MATE 1.6
  4. MDM 1.4
  5. HTML Login
  6. USB Stick support
  7. Based on Ubuntu 13.10
  8. Performance improvement
  9. software Manager
  10. System Improvement
  11. Artwork Improvement
  12. Main Components

Note: Please read the Release Notes before an upgrade or installation of Linux Mint 16.

System requirements

  1. x86 processor (Linux Mint 64-bit requires a 64-bit processor. Linux Mint 32-bit works on both 32-bit and 64-bit processors).
  2. 512 MB RAM (1GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
  3. 5 GB of disk space
  4. Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution
  5. CD/DVD drive or USB port

Download Linux Mint 16 “Petra” DVD ISO’s

Download Linux Mint 16 “Petra” – Cinnamon and Mate edition for 32 & 64-bit architecture using below links:

Download Cinnamon Edition
  1. Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon “Petra” 32-bit
  2. Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon “Petra” 64-bit
Download Mate Edition
  1. Linux Mint 16 MATE “Petra” 32-bit
  2. Linux Mint 16 MATE “Petra” 64-bit

Upgrade Linux Mint 15 to Linux Mint 16

To upgrade from previous Linux Mint version to latest Linux Mint 16, use the following article.

  1. Upgrade from Linux Mint 15 to Linux Mint 16

Installation of Linux Mint 16 “Petra” MATE Desktop Edition

1. Boot your system with bootable Linux Mint 16 or ISO media. In this article, we have used Linux Mint 16 ‘MATE‘ 32-bit Live ISO media.

Boot Linux Mint 16

Boot Linux Mint 16

2. We will get Linux Mint Desktop, Click on CD ICON “Install Linux Mint” to get started.

Install Linux Mint

Install Linux Mint

3. Installation Wizard started, select Language.

Select Language

Select Language

4. Preparing to install Linux Mint.

Preparing Linux Mint Installation

Preparing Linux Mint Installation

5. Installation type. Select “Use LVM with the new Linux Mint installation

Select Installation Type

Select Installation Type

6. Installation type “Something else” wherein you need to create partitions manually. (For advanced users)

Create Partition

Create Partition

7. Location Settings

Select Location

Select Location

8. Keyboard layout settings

Select Keyboard Layout

Select Keyboard Layout

9. Fill User informations.

Submit User Information

Submit User Information

10. That’s it. Installation Completed. Eject bootable media and restart system.

Installation Complete

Installation Complete

11. Login screen.

Linux Mint 16 Login Screen

Linux Mint 16 Login Screen

12. Linux Mint 16 “Petra” MATE Desktop.

Linux Mint 16 Mate Desktop

Linux Mint 16 Mate Desktop

Important Features Screenshots

Software Manager
Software Manager

Software Manager

Control Center
Control Center

Control Center

Backup Tool
Backup Tool

Backup Tool

USB Stick Formatter
USB Stick Formatter

USB Stick Formatter

Reference Links

  1. Linux Mint Home Page
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7 Responses

  1. Peter says:

    I don`t have a menu down left but a strange menu left on the top why? I have allready 2 times install Linux Mint Petra but stil the same. What do I wrong? and olso I can`t not shut down normaly but push the botton ctrl+alt+del and then a little menu ask me for shutdown, restart or cancelled. Can`t you help me pleas, sorry for the bad English.

  2. Rashid Ali says:

    linux is maybe supper, but today ,, I downloaded xos linus iso file and make bootable usb..

    but system did’t boot from usb, or not exe file available in usb dir …

  3. Jim says:

    I just installed Linux Mint along side windows XP. For some reason I do not have the option of booting up in XP. My computer automatically boots to Linux. Help please. I’m sure I screwed up somehow but there ARE some things in XP that I need to use. Thanks a lot for any advice.

  4. Whitehawk says:

    Hi i have install fuduntu but now i wants to install linux mint ? How to install from hard disk or from pd ..i try install grub but i am getting error help me please.

  5. Louis says:

    I am running Linux Mint (Julia) and I’m interested in updating to the latest version.

    I didn’t install this (a good friend did), so I am a novice user. If this is possible, anything special I need to know?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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