My Dearest Mad-Readers,
Today, I am re-publishing a post which may be of use to you and which I first released on my second blog todayilinux. Some of you may have noticed I re-organized my menu to make all categories more accessible to you. This way, tech and Linux enthusiasts won’t have to search for hours to find the articles interesting them and all of you who have been with me for weeks or months months won’t have to endure reading tech-related articles if they’re none or your concern.
I’ve re-designed and re-written a bunch of things to make them more clear, so feel free to check it out again.
Alright then, intro over, I’ll leave you to the meat of this post !
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This morning, I decided to practice some more using FFMPEG.
If you don’t know what it is, don’t worry I intend to make an article about it. It is the command line tool I use to shoot my videos. You can also check their website here : https://ffmpeg.org/
It is quite tricky to wrap your head around it, yet it is one of these extremely powerful tools which you cannot live without when you have started using them. I figured that installing Linux Mint in a virtual machine would be good practice for a video. Statistically, it should be helpful to even more of you than my previous article on Archlinux, since you do not need to have any sort of knowledge regarding Linux to do what I have done in this video.
As it may not have been crystal clear in my video (and some of you may not want to watch it till the end), I will add some comments :
- Downloading the ISO
There is nothing difficult with this step and some more advanced users may find this redundant, but I would like to say it anyway. When you want to install a distribution of GNU/Linux, the very first step is to go to its dedicated website. You may want to do some background search as well, just to make sure the distribution you are about to install is what you are looking for. Then, you want to download the ISO.
For Linux Mint, you have a range of 3 choices for 32-bit and 64-bit kernels. Nowadays, you should not be too worried about this and I recommend for most of you (except if you are no newbie and know what you are doing) to go with the 64-bit links. As for Cinnamon, MATE, and xfce, they are Desktop Environments. One huge advantage of Linux over Windows is how easy it is to change how your distribution looks. These 3 desktop environments are only the tip of the iceberg, there are many, many more out there.
If you are a novice, your safest best certainly is Cinnamon. It is what looks like Windows the most, so it should be a comfy environment for you.
- Burning the ISO
When you are done downloading the ISO, you need to burn it on a disk or a USB flash-drive. Be careful and use one that is empty, or you may permanently lose your data. If you only want to install Mint in a Virtual Machine, you do not need to go through this step, you can merely follow the guide in my video.
For Linux users, here is a command you may already be familiar with :
dd if=/dev/sdb of=~/Downloads/linux-file.iso
dd allows you to easily burn an ISO on a disk. It takes 2 parameters : if : the input file & of : the output file. Once again, be careful with this command. You do not want to mess with a diskful of data. If you are more comfortable with GUI apps, I know that some Linux distributions offer such tools (e.g. Linux Mint).
Regarding Windows, there are many many tools which allow you to burn your ISO onto a disk, so I will not list all of them. However, I recommend the Universal USB Installer (which you can find here).
- Last but not least
Don’t forget to configure your BIOS so that it boots from your USB key first and not the existing operating system. If you are thinking about making the switch, tell me about it in the comments section. I would be most happy to help you out. I also intend to write something more complete about the BIOS, to make it easier for complete newbies to install Linux, so stay put !
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