The first partition we create will be for /boot. Most distributions now assign a disk space of 500 MB to /boot. You could go lower. 300 MB to 500 MB is a good range. The default file system is ext4. You do not have to stick with that. I chose ext2. The mount point should be /boot.

Note that by default, the installer creates this and subsequent partitions as logical partitions. Better to stick with the default. OK.

The next partition will be for /, the root file system directory. A new installation of Ubuntu 10.10 requires less than 3 GB of disk space. So any value higher than that should be good. The default file system is ext4 and the mount point should be /. OK.

The third partition will be for swap. About 2 GB should be sufficient for most systems. Instead of a file system, select “swap area” from the dropdown menu. OK.

The last partition will be for /home. The rest of the disk space can be assigned to this partition, and the mount point should be /home. OK.

With the partitions created, the next step task is to select where GRUB, the boot loader, should be installed. The default location is on the MBR of the hard disk. But that is not where we want it because that will overwrite the Windows boot loader. The Only place left to install GRUB is on the /boot partition. Recall that the boot partition, /dev/sda5, is the first partition created in this tutorial. That is what you need to select under Boot loader section.

Related Post:  Dual-booting Linux Mint 10 KDE and Windows 7

This is what the window should look like after you have made your selection. Be sure to verify that the Windows partitions, /devsda1 and /devsda2, will not be formatted. Click Install Now to begin the installation.

Related Post:  tboot in Fedora 19: Don't worry, it's just a bug

After installation and reboot, the computer will boot into Windows. That is expected. The next task is to download and install EasyBCD, a free program from NeoSmart Technologies. It makes it easy to edit the Window boot menu. Once installed, launch it. The image below is what will open. Click on the Add New Entry tab to begin.


Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin

Hola! Did you notice that no longer runs network ads?  Yep, no more ads from the usual suspects that track you across the Internet.  But since  I still need to pay to keep the site running, feel free to make a small donation by PayPal.

Subscribe for updates. Trust me, no spam!

Mailchimp Signup Form

Sponsored links

1. Attend Algorithm Conference, a top AI and ML event for 2020.
2. Reasons to use control panel for your server.
3. DHgate Computers Electronics, Cell Phones & more.

20 Responses

  1. I tried linux mint because Ubuntu 11.10 was shite.

    Then the new less buggy Ubuntu 12.4 appeared and I liked it, but still not as much as 10.10.

    My first impression of Linux mint was I loved it. Then when I began to use it a little more I began to hate it why why why why is there soooooo much hassle associated with creating simple desktop shortcuts, what on earth was going through the tiny minds of the people who came up with such a ridiculous idea…… Dohhhhhhh!!!!!

    I’m going back to Ubuntu…….

    What at first appeared to be so promising was actually a very big disappointment.

  2. Great release, Congratulations!

    Is there any way to install Mint 12 LXDE on a disk with less than 4.2GB like in the 4GB SSD Asus Eee 701?

    Edit by Clem: Yes, it should work. It’s using about 2.7GB HDD. The main issue will be the screen resolution… you might need to move windows using the ALT key to move them with the mouse without using their title bar.

  3. Correct me if I’m wrong but don’t many Linux distros come with the firewall (ufw in this case) disabled? I’m sure Ubuntu does and cites this as a ‘completely-no-restrictions’ policy. So I think it unfair to suggest that Mint has security-issues because of this.

    UFW is one of the best Linux firewalls there is imo. I only wish there was a Fedora-port.

  4. Mint is wonderful I like it a lot. As for that thing UNITY…. maybe a good thing for tablets , iphones etc but for pcs, laptops and netbooks no wayyyyyy… Mint forever.

  5. I’m using Lubuntu, tried Mint 11 LXDE, nothing much to choose between them but looks. But that ridiculous panel clock with its little text codes to configure it has to go, here’s my configuration:

    %a %b %d, %l:%M%P

    not to mention that Mint requires googling around for a terminal command to install internet time updating for the clock. That’s not “lightweight”, it’s stupid.

  6. Thunar is the default file manager for Xfce desktop, Nautilus is the default file manager for Gnome, at least up to 2.x. One feature *I* really missed when trying out lxde edition of Mint, was samba browsing. I had to “sudo apt-get install gigolo”.

  7. Yeah, bilious pink and bilious yellow are obnoxious too!

    Fortunately, our desktop ‘anti-bilious’ tools will allow you not only to use your VERY OWN wallpaper, but to
    select the Clearlooks widget, Clearlooks theme and Gnome
    icon theme!

    Openbox Config Manager and Customize Look & Feel can
    change everything in seconds, you can do it too!

    Tada! No more bilious 🙂

  8. What?

    Man, Lxde is what I’ve switched too after using both Unity and Gnome3 and my life has never been happier.

    I started working as a manager at an IT department of a bank and don’t have the time nor the resources to fiddle with the “new” desktops.

    Will try to donate money to Lxde to express my gratitude for this wonderfull product.

  9. I know Mint is said to be putting out some pretty decent stuff… but I just cannot stand all that bilious green.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the latest

On social media
Via my newsletter
Mailchimp Signup Form

Partner links

1. Attend Algorithm Conference, a top AI and ML event for 2021.
2. Reasons to use control panel for your server.
3. DHgate Computers Electronics, Cell Phones & more.
Hacking, pentesting distributions

Linux Distributions for Hacking

Experts use these Linux distributions for hacking, digital forensics, and pentesting.


The authors of these books are confirmed to speak during

Algorithm Conference

T-minus AI

Author was the first chairperson of AI for the U.S. Air Force.

The case for killer robots

Author is the Director of the Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence.

Why greatness cannot be planned

Author works on AI safety as a Senior Research Scientist at Uber AI Labs.

Anastasia Marchenkova

An invitation from Anastasia Marchenkova

Hya, after stints as a quantum researcher at Georgia Tech Quantum Optics & Quantum Telecom Lab, and the University of Maryland Joint Quantum Institute, I’m now working on superconducting qubit quantum processors at Bleximo. I’ll be speaking during Algorithm Conference in Austin, Texas, July 16 – 18, 2020. Meet me there and let’s chat about progress and hype in quantum computing.