One of the most popular desktop Linux distribution preferred by many people all over the world is Linux Mint since its entirely free and open source. Linux Mint was based on the operating system Debian and Ubuntu and was developed by Clement Lefebvre in France during 2006. The first version released into the market was named “Ada” and still on the run with the latest version that has been created called “Tricia”.
The development was fueled by the goal to produce a modern, elegant to look upon, operating system which is comfortable and easy to use. It provides full multimedia support by incorporating proprietary software such as Adobe Flash. In short, the system was designed for a desktop computer to make it more comfortable to use. Aside from that, it’s community-driven, which means that users are encouraged to give feedback that enables them to track and improve the system more.
In order to successfully install the latest version, “Tricia”, these core requirements must be met first;
- 1GB of RAM
- 15GB of disk space
- 1024×768 resolution
Some precautions that need attention when trying to use it are listed below
- The 64-bit ISO can boot with BIOS or UEFI.
- The 32-bit ISO can only boot with BIOS.
- The 64-bit ISO is recommended for all modern computers
When all those requirements were met and finding what’s compatible, Linux is readily downloadable on their website, just click the links of the edition of choice and everything is set for the first step of the installation process.
Next, download a USB burning program (depending on the operating system) and insert a USB flash drive to the computer and format it making sure that the correct file system was chosen.
- Windows – Choose NTFS or FAT32
- Mac – Choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
After which, all are prepared for the installation. Just click the necessary buttons step by step for it to be installed successfully. There are several things notable with Linux Mint that is beneficial especially for beginners:
- Low memory usage with Cinnamon feature
- The software manager is lighter and faster
- Has Software Source tool which gives an option to reset when the repository lists are messed up
- Themes, Applets, and Desklets are already covered; no need to install other tools
Pop!_OS have better support which includes Nvidia Hardware and working on a Live-USB setup. It can make a “recovery” partition for easier reinstall in case some mishaps happen, updates progress and has optimizations especially to GNOME and other laptops with dual GPU setups. The installation process can be run very smoothly with just some clicks. It’s user-friendly and takes care of the users with their disk encryption that prevents others from breaching in when laptops are lost or mishandled. It’s best for developers and gamers as it offers high-quality performance.
On the other hand, Linux Mint contains a lot of tedious processes, however, this is the best option for those users with low budget memory storage. It’s also good for beginners since it’s lighter and faster with software tools that are very reliable when the system is messed up. It’s community-driven, which means that users are encouraged to give feedback that enables them to track and improve the system more. Moreover, unlike Pop!_OS, it has lots of versions and has different system requirements that need to be solved first in order to start the installation process. Yes, it’s easy to use, however, it does not deliver a simple yet elegant vibe, unlike Pop!_OS.