Installing Linux Mint Debian Edition 2

My previous article on this subject was actually a guide to Configuring Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 (Betsy). In this article, I’ll talk about the actual installation process. First, download the installation ISO:

  1. Browse to https://www.linuxmint.com/download_lmde.php
  2. Select your version at the bottom. I recommend Cinnamon [64-bit]
  3. Pick a mirror and download the file lmde-2-201503-cinnamon-64bit.iso
  4. Run: cd ~/Downloads

To put it on a thumb drive (the first two steps, from Creating a bootable USB drive from an ISO image, may not be required):

  1. Run: sudo apt-get install syslinux-utils
  2. Run: isohybrid lmde-2-201503-cinnamon-64bit.iso
  3. Before inserting your thumb drive, run: lsblk
  4. Insert the thumb drive and wait for Linux to automount it, then rerun: lsblk
  5. The new device that didn’t show up the first time you ran lsblk is the thumb drive.
  6. Unmount it. E.g.: umount /media/jim/USB STICK
  7. Copy the ISO to the thumb drive. E.g.: sudo dd if=path/to/image.iso of=/dev/sdb

If your laptop won’t boot off a USB thumb drive (like my piece of crap Toshiba Satellite L850D), you can burn the ISO to a DVD-RW using brasero. Make sure to burn the image to disk, not the ISO file as data.

Caveat #1

The longstanding bug where, after you sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get upgrade, cinnamon is broken when you reboot, is still in full force. If you run into this, boot into the backup GUI, access Menu/Administration/Synaptic Package Manager, and update cinnamon.

Caveat #2

I ran into this totally weird problem: on boot, the system would no longer accept my password. Entering it using the mouse keyboard widget worked. When I checked in Menu/Preferences/Keyboard, the language had been set to Cherokee.

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About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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