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From XP to Linux
From Windows XP
to Linux
Linux Mint

Video 3 - Download Linux Mint

In this tutorial, we look at how to download Linux Mint Mate 32 bit.

There are many options when you place your mouse over the Download tab, we look at some and talk about the different options.

We see the “All Versions” tab shows us all of the currently supported versions of Linux Mint for both Ubuntu and Debian.

We talk about the version, codename, package base (explained in the previous video) and the end of support dates.

We see the Debian based releases does not have an end of support date making that a rolling release

We see the two Debian based releases have no stable version available (at the time of this recording) and there are 2 options 1 for the Cinnamon desktop and 1 for the Mate-Desktop

The Ubuntu based release has a lot more options, 4 different desktops, Cinnamon, Mate, KDE, and XFCE.

It is decided to download the Mate edition, The straight Mate edition is recommended for most people to download. The OEM version is for someone selling or giving away a computer with Linux Mint on it, when a use boots up the computer for the first time, it will ask for a User-ID and password the the user is ready to go. The No codecs version is for Magazine and distributors in the US and Japan. This version is downloaded for this series to show users who obtained a Linux Mint disk from a magazine how to install the missing codecs with the simple click of a mouse.

The MD5 code is verified to the MD5 from the download page using the program Rapid CRC Unicode Portable (downloaded from portableapps.com)

We attempt to create a DVD boot disc using the program InfraRecorder Portable (also downloaded from portableapps.com) but it is determinted that the DVD writer is broken.

A Live Linux USB flashdrive will be created in the next video.

Video 4 - Create a Linux USB Installer

We go to PendriveLinux.com and download the Universal USB Installer. Then we use that to put the Linux ISO file we downloaded in the previous video on a flashdrive.

We talk about how to create a persistent USB Linux Boot drive, but in this video we create a non-persistant Linux Boot drive (Installer) that will act exactly like a DVD ROM version of Linux.

While the program creates our Linux USB Boot drive, we look at a few other USB Installer tools from PendriveLinux.com. I discuss the tools I have used and that they are all similar. Once you understand one tool, you should be able to use any of them and it is just a matter of your own personal preference as to which one you use.

Video 5 - Linux Live

We use the Linux USB or DVD created in the previous videos to boot into Linux Live (meaning run Linux on our computer to test is out without installing it on our computer).

First we talk about changing the boot order (for this boot only) on a computer to boot Linux from a USB drive

We do the same tests for Linux Mint 17.1 Mate that we did in our first video.

We see that Ubuntu-Mate is a little different than Mint Mate.

We look at using Linux Mint Live to see what hardware is on a computer using System Monitor and inxi.

We also look at using Linux Mint Live to recover files from a windows XP computer, and mention 2 versions of Linux specifically made for this, SARDU and SystemRescueCD

Video 6 - Install Linux Mint (Dual Boot)

In this tutorial we install Linux Mint alongside of Windows XP.

The first thing recommend before starting, is that you backup your current Windows XP system and there are 3 free ways suggested, Macrium Reflect free, EaseUS Todo Backup Free, and Clonezilla.

Next, we walk through the installer process of installing Linux Mint alongside Windows XP.

We look at partitioning the hard drive and deciding how much disk space each system should have. We add a swap area to the Linux partition and talk about what a swap area is.

We create a user account and talk about encrypting the home folder.

We complete the install and restart the computer. After logging into Linux Mint 17.1 we install the multimedia codecs making our no-codec version of Linux Mint Mate the same as the standard Linux Mint Mate download (the version with codecs included in the dlownload)

Video 7 - Updating Linux Mint

We look at how to use the Linux Mint Update Manager to update Linux Mint

The welcome screen is still on, we see how to turn that off (and back on).

We open the Update Manager by double clicking the Update Manager Status icon as well as from the Menu.

We look at what is displayed in the Update Manager and the meaning of the different Types and Levels as well as what is visible and what is marked as safe.

After we have the appropriate updates selected, we update Linux Mint.