Linux Mint is a modern, polished, easy-to-use and comfortable community-driven GNU/Linux desktop distribution based on the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution. It is a great and recommended distribution for computer users switching from Windows or Mac OS X operating system to the Linux platform.
The stable release of Linux Mint 19.2 code-named “Tina” was officially announced by the Linux Mint development team and it is based on Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS (Bionic Beaver).
Importantly, Linux Mint 19.2 is a long term support (LTS) release to be supported until April 2023 and comes along with several updated software, improvements and some new features and these include:
- Improved kernel 4.15 support in the Update Manager.
- Ubuntu 18.04 package base
- Cinnamon 4.2 and MATE 1.22 desktops
- MDM 2.0
- Update manager
- Mint-Y plus many more
This tutorial will guide you on how you can install the latest version of Linux Mint 19.2 Cinnamon edition on your dedicated machine or a virtual machine. The same instructions also apply for both Mate and Xfce desktop installations.
Download Linux Mint 19 ISO Images
First of all, you need to download the ISO image from the links below:
- Download Linux Mint 19.2 – Cinnamon (32-bit)
- Download Linux Mint 19.2 – Cinnamon (64-bit)
- Download Linux Mint 19.2 – MATE (32-bit)
- Download Linux Mint 19.2 – MATE (64-bit)
- Download Linux Mint 19.2 – Xfce (32-bit)
- Download Linux Mint 19.2 – Xfce (64-bit)
Once you downloaded preferred desktop edition, make sure to create a bootable media-USB flash/DVD using Rufus utility in order to create an Linux Mint bootable USB drive.
Installation of Linux Mint 19.2 Cinnamon Desktop
1. After creating a bootable media, insert into a working USB port or DVD drive and boot into it, then, after a few seconds, you should be able to see the screen below and finally a live Linux Mint 18 desktop.
Double click on the “Install Linux Mint” installer icon to start the installer.
2. You should be at the welcome screen below, select the installation language and click on the “Continue” button.
3. Next, select your Keyboard Layout and continue.
4. Then prepare to start the actual installation process, you can check the check-box in the screen below to install third-party software for graphics, Wi-Fi hardware, Flash, MP3 plus many other media. After that, click on the “Continue” to proceed.
5. Then, select the Installation type as follows, to perform manual partitioning, select “Something else” and click on “Continue” to proceed.
6. You will have to do a manual installation disk setup. To perform a manual partitioning scheme, click on “New Partition Table”.
7. Next, click “Continue” on the dialog box in the screen below to set up a new empty partition table on the hard disk you have selected.
8. Then select the “free space” that has been made available on the hard disk to create new partitions on the hard disk.
9. From the screen above, you will see I have
42.9GB disk space, in this I will create two partitions i.e.
swap. First, create a
/ partition by clicking on the
“+” button to create the
root partition for your Linux Mint. You will see the screen below and enter the following parameters and click “OK”.
Size: 40GB Type partition: Primary Location for the new partition: Beginning of this space Set partition filesystem type: Ext4 journaling file system Set the mount point from here: /
10. Next, create a
swap the partition which is space on your hard disk that temporarily holds data not actively being worked on by the system from RAM.
To create the swap space, click on the
“+” sign, enter the parameters as in the screen below and click “OK”.
11. After creating all the partitions, click on the “Install Now” and click on “Continue” on the dialog box below asking you to confirm the partitioning scheme you have set.
12. Select your country location from the screen below and click “Continue”.
13. Now it is time to set up a system user account. Enter your full name, computer name, a system username, and a good password. After that, click on “Continue”.
14. The actual system files will now be installed on your root partition as in the screen below.
15. Wait until the installation process is complete, you will see the dialog box below, remove the installation USB/DVD and then, click “Restart Now” to reboot your machine.
16. After rebooting, you will see the screen below, click on the username on the screen and enter your password to login to Linux Mint 19.2 Cinnamon desktop.
Hoping that everything went on well, you can now enjoy Linux Mint 19.2 on your machine. For any questions or additional information, you can use the comment section below.