Are you interested in exploring the world of Linux but don't want to install it directly on your computer? VirtualBox provides a great solution by allowing you to create a virtual environment for Linux and other operating systems. In this guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of installing Linux Mint 20 in VirtualBox.
- VirtualBox installed on your computer
- Linux Mint 20 ISO file downloaded
Step 1: Create a new Virtual Machine
- Open VirtualBox and click on the "New" button to create a new virtual machine.
- Give the virtual machine a name and select "Linux" as the Type and "Ubuntu (64-bit)" as the Version.
- Set the amount of RAM you want to allocate to the virtual machine. We recommend at least 2GB for a smooth experience.
- Create a new virtual hard disk by selecting "Create a virtual hard disk now" and click "Create".
- Choose "VDI" as the hard disk file type and select "Dynamically allocated" for storage on physical hard disk.
- Set the amount of disk space you want to allocate for the virtual machine. We recommend at least 20GB for a basic installation.
Step 2: Configure the Virtual Machine
- Select the virtual machine you just created and click on "Settings".
- Go to the "Storage" tab and click on the "Empty" CD/DVD icon under the Controller: IDE section.
- Click on the CD icon to the right of the "Optical Drive" drop-down menu and select "Choose Virtual Optical Disk File".
- Navigate to the location where you downloaded the Linux Mint 20 ISO file and select it.
- Go to the "Display" tab and increase the Video Memory to at least 128MB for a better graphical experience.
Step 3: Install Linux Mint 20
- Start the virtual machine by clicking on the "Start" button.
- Linux Mint 20 will boot from the ISO file you selected in Step 2.
- Select "Install Linux Mint" from the boot menu and press Enter.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to install Linux Mint 20. You can choose to erase the entire disk and install Linux Mint, or select "Something else" to manually partition the disk.
- When prompted to restart the virtual machine, remove the ISO file from the virtual optical drive by going to the "Devices" menu and selecting "Remove disk from virtual drive".
- Restart the virtual machine and Linux Mint 20 will now boot from the hard disk.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Linux Mint 20 in VirtualBox.
- If you experience slow performance, you can try increasing the amount of RAM or CPU cores allocated to the virtual machine.
- You can also enable shared folders between the host and virtual machine by going to the "Shared Folders" tab in the virtual machine settings.
- To take a snapshot of the virtual machine at a specific point in time, go to the "Snapshots" tab and click on the "Take" button.
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