There are many operating systems available for desktop computers, Android and iOS are to of the most dominant mobile operating systems and Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac are two of the most commonly adopted desktop computers operating systems worldwide, the only drawback of these two operating systems is that they’re not free ( Mac OS is now free and Windows 10 will be free to upgrade to) but if you’re looking for a free and open source operating system then look no further than Linux. Linux Mint is the best Linux distro for beginners to start tinkering with Linux.
This post will present a step by step guide with screenshots on how to install Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca” on VirtualBox.
Step 1: The first thing you’ll need to do is to install the latest release of Linux Mint 17.1 from the following link: http://www.linuxmint.com/
Step 2: Download the latest release of VirtualBox from the following link: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
Step 3: Now, we will install VirtualBox. In the first window keep everything as the default.
Step 4: During the installation you’ll be prompted by a warning message as the one seen below in the screenshot, just accept it and click on the “Yes” tab.
Step 5: You’ll then be prompted by a security message regarding the universal serial port, just click on the “Install” tab.
Step 6: You’ll then be prompted by a security message regarding the network adaptor, just click on the “Install” tab.
Step 7: You’ll then be prompted by a security message regarding the network services, just click on the “Install” tab.
Step 8: Now, you hae successfully installed VirtualBox; open it and click on the new icon on the top left corner.
Step 9: You’ll be prompted by a window to select the type of operating system just select “Linux” and in the version select “Linux 2.6/3.x”.
Step 10: You’ll be then be prompted by a window to select the amount of RAM you want to allocate for the installation, it’s recommended to keep it above 512 MB, you should keep it within the green bar.
Step 11: You’ll then be prompted by a new window, the “Hard Drive” window, just keep it as default and click on the “Create” tab.
Step 12: In the next window you’ll have to select the hard drive type, just select the (VDI) option and click on the “Next” tab.
Step 13: You’ll be then directed to a new window, select “Dynamically allocated” and the click on the “Next” tab.
Step 14: You’ll then be directed to a new window to select the drive size and location, you can change the defaults or change them according to your personal preferences.
Step 15: You’ve successfully configured VirtualBox, now we want to start Linux Mint, to do so just click on the green start arrow as seen below.
Step 16: A new window will pop-up in which you’ll have to browse and select the Linux Mint ISO you have downloaded in step one and then click on the “Start” tab.
Now, you’ll be prompted by the installation window, after that you’ll be prompted by the Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca” desktop as seen below.
Congratulations, you have successfully installed Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca” on VirtualBox.