Linux Mint 20 LTS (Long Term Support) codename Ulyana is released on Saturday, 27 June 2020 based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. This is being a LTS release so you will get patches and updates till 2025. In this article, we are going to see installation steps and new features for Linux Mint 20 (Ulyana). It comes in three different desktop editions Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce. However, installation steps would be same for MATE and Xfce editions. Linux Mint 20 features Cinnamon 4.6, a Linux kernel 5.4 and an Ubuntu 20.04 package base.
Linux Mint comes in the form of ISO image which can be used to make a bootable DVD/USB. This post helps you to download the right ISO image, create bootable media and install Linux Mint on your system. Download the right Linux Mint ISO image from the Linux Mint Website. There are 3 different flavors featuring a different desktop environment.
Cinnamon – The most popular Linux Mint edition with full of new features.
MATE – Stable and faster desktop
Xfce – The most lightweight and stable desktop
Once download is done, make a bootable DVD or USB Stick and boot your system with bootable DVD/USB Stick or ISO Image after changing booting sequence on BIOS/UEFI.
You should now see the following screen (Click on the picture to enlarge it):
Install Linux Mint on your Hard Drive: At this stage Linux Mint is not installed on your system; it is simply running from the DVD/USB or ISO Image. Double Click on “Install Linux Mint” on the desktop to install on your Hard Drive (Click on the picture to enlarge it).
The Installer appears, we recommend you to go through the release notes simply clicking on the underlined link as shown in the below. Select your Language and press the “Continue” button (Click on the picture to enlarge it).
Select your preferred keyboard layout and click on “Continue” (Click on the picture to enlarge it).
Click on Check Box below to install multimedia codecs during installation (Click on the picture to enlarge it).
There are two options available:
1. Erase disk and install Linux Mint – This option is for new user who wants to install only Linux Mint on the computer.
2. Something else – This option allows you to create required partitions yourself
In this post, we are selecting no. 2 option to create partitions manually (Click on the picture to enlarge it).
Create empty partition table selecting disk “/dev/sda” and click on “New Partition Table”.
Installer confirm to create empty partition on this device. Click on “Continue”.
We will be creating following partitions.
. /boot – 1GB
. SWAP – 2GB
. / – Rest all available space.
Note: swap partition is 1 to 1.5 times the amount of RAM available on your system.
Select free space area and click on + sign to create /boot partition. Click on “Ok” (Click on the picture to enlarge it).
Similarly select free space area to create SWAP partition (Click on the picture to enlarge it).
Now create last partition / selecting free space area with all remaining space (Click on the picture to enlarge it).
Following screen to verify the partitions created. Click on “Install Now” (Click on the picture to enlarge it).
Click on “Continue” to write changes to disk and to proceed for installation (Click on the picture to enlarge it).
Next screen to choose your location clicking on the nearest city to identify time zone, click the “Continue” button.
Give a name to your system. This name will be used to identify on the network. Also set username and password to login after installation of Linux Mint 20.
Note: If your are the only one using the system and want to bypass the login screen, check the option “Log in automatically” (Click on the picture to enlarge it).
This may take 15-20 minutes to complete the installation.
Once the installation is done click the “Restart Now” button, remove the bootable media when prompted. Now your system is ready to boot Linux Mint 20 from the hard drive.
After installation, you will get the following login screen. Use the username and password which was set during installation.
Linux Mint 20 LTS (Ulyana) with Cinnamon Desktop.