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December 25, 2016

How to Install Linux Mint 18.1 and Review on VirtualBox Tutorial

Linux Mint 18.1 on VirtualBox
Linux Mint 18.1 Installation and Review on Oracle VirtualBox

This tutorial shows how to install Linux Mint 18.1 and review on Oracle VirtualBox step by step. We also install VirtualBox Guest Additions on Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon for better performance and usability features such as Fit Guest Now and Clipboard Sharing. This tutorial is also helpful to installing Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon on physical computer or laptop hardware.


Linux Mint 18.1 Installation Steps:

  1. Download Linux Mint 18.1 ISO
  2. Create Virtual Machine on Oracle VirtualBox
  3. Start Linux Mint Installation
  4. Install VirtualBox Guest Additions on Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon
  5. Test Guest Additions Features (Fit Guest Now and Clipboard Sharing)
  6. Linux Mint 18.1 Review

Installing Linux Mint 18.1 and Review on VirtualBox




What is Linux Mint?

Linux Mint is an Ubuntu-based distribution whose goal is to provide a more complete out-of-the-box experience by including browser plugins, media codecs, support for DVD playback, Java and other components. It also adds a custom desktop and menus, several unique configuration tools, and a web-based package installation interface. Linux Mint is compatible with Ubuntu software repositories. Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and used by millions of people.
Linux Mint Website: https://www.linuxmint.com/

Linux Mint Main Features

  1. It works out of the box, with full multimedia support and is extremely easy to use.
  2. It's both free of cost and open source.
  3. It's community-driven. Users are encouraged to send feedback to the project so that their ideas can be used to improve Linux Mint.
  4. Based on Debian and Ubuntu, it provides about 30,000 packages and one of the best software managers.
  5. It's safe and reliable. Thanks to a conservative approach to software updates, a unique Update Manager and the robustness of its Linux architecture, Linux Mint requires very little maintenance.

Linux Mint 18.1 Serena New Features and Improvements

The new version Linux Mint 18.1 is available in two editions (Cinnamon and MATE), in 32-bit and 64-bit builds. The major components of Mint 18.1 are Cinnamon 3.2, MDM 2.0, Linux kernel 4.4, and Ubuntu 16.04 package base. It offers Cinnamon users a new screensaver that displays more information and provides media controls even when the screen is locked. On computers which feature accelerometers, the Cinnamon desktop can now rotate when the device's orientation changes. Both editions offer upgrades to the X-apps programs with the Xplayer media player now offering the ability to blank screens not being used to display video. Also, the update manager can display a list of available kernel versions with recommendations.

What is Oracle VirtualBox?

VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2. VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Solaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4, 2.6, 3.x and 4.x), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD. VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on.
Oracle VirtualBox Website: https://www.virtualbox.org/

What is VirtualBox Guest Additions?

Guest Additions are designed to be installed inside a virtual machine after the guest operating system has been installed. They consist of device drivers and system applications that optimize the guest operating system for better performance and usability. The VirtualBox Guest Additions for all supported guest operating systems are provided as a single CD-ROM image file which is called VBoxGuestAdditions.iso.

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