How to Install Linux Mint on an Acer Aspire One

Written by chad anderson
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Linux Mint is one of the rising distributions of the Linux community. With its easy and intuitive installation, user-friendly interface and a community geared toward assisting first-time users, Mint is an easy choice for anyone new to the Linux operating system. Like many distributions, Mint has also released netbook-specific versions of its builds to make the use of computers such as the Acer Aspire One faster, more-streamlined and essentially more usable. As of release 8.0 of Linux Mint all of the Acer Aspire One's hardware works right of the box making installation and set-up easy.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download and create a Linux Mint Live CD, DVD or USB to install the operating system from (see "Tips").

  2. 2

    Restart your computer with the Linux Mint Live CD, DVD or USB in your computer's disk drive. When the option comes up, choose to boot from your disk drive. If this option doesn't appear and the computer boots into your operating system, restart your machine and enter the BIOS, usually by pressing "Del" before your computer beeps, and change the boot order to have your disk drive ahead of your hard drive in the sequence.

  3. 3

    Experiment with the desktop environment after the Linux Mint Live distribution has booted. Determine if this desktop environment will work for you. If needed, either make another Live CD, DVD or USB with another desktop environment or download and install a different one after your system installation is complete.

  4. 4

    Double-click the "Install" shortcut on the desktop when you are ready to install. Insert your basic user settings such as preferred language, time zone, and where you want to install the operating system. Then, enter your user name and password to set-up an account for yourself on the system.

  5. 5

    Remove the Live disk before restarting the computer. Allow the system to boot off of the hard drive, changing BIOS settings back to their defaults if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • Since you are installing Linux Mint on a desktop you may want to choose one of the Live distributions with a lightweight window manager pre-installed. LXDE and XFCE are the two most popular lightweight window managers that require little to no set-up. If you do not own an external disk drive for your Aspire One try using Unetbootin to make a Live USB from the disk image you downloaded.

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