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Like some Ubuntu users I had a problem with grub and wubi after the recent update. While it can be fixed, I thought it would be a good opportunity to try the new Linux Mint 8 codename “Helena”.

So here is a straightforward tutorial for installing Linux Mint 8 (by the way I’ve wrote it while installing it).

For this tutorial, I’ve made some arbitrary choices and same results can be achieved through many other ways.
One the goal of this tutorial is also to show how fast and easy it is to install Linux nowadays.

  • Go to and download main edition .iso file. (can take less than 15mins with a broadband)
  • Download a MD5 checksum tool, you can use winMD5sum. (3mins)
  • Find a 700Mb CD. (from 1minute to… a lot of time)
  • When the download of the iso file is finished. Check integrity of the disk image with winMD5sum and compare it to the MD5 checksum of the main edition¬† which on (2mins)
  • Burn disk image to the CD. If you’re on windows 7 just right click on LinuxMint-8.iso to burn it. (5mins)
  • Reboot. (2mins)
  • Now Linux Mint should be running from the CD, click install on the desktop and follow instructions. (6mins)
  • Wait for Linux Mint to finish copying files to your hard disk. (6mins)
  • Remove CD and reboot. (2mins)


My thoughts about Linux Mint: they’ve done a really great job. Kudos to Linux Mint team.

Everything that I usually had to do after installing Ubuntu is already done in Linux Mint. This makes the user experience really smooth. So far everything is running fine out of the box:

  • Videos: Quicktime, WMV, even FLV… are supported
  • RAR archives
  • Flash is installed in Firefox
  • Windows partition is mounted by default
  • Java
  • etc…

They took an awesome distribution: Ubuntu and made it even better.

This is a good example of how clever choices made for the user can improve a lot a product.


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