LineMan wrote:I am considering downloading and installing Linux Mint 5 Elyssa. Would just like to know how easy it is to install me being a newbie and all
It could be very simple or it could be very difficult.
Just burn the Elyssa iso using ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/
, or by using any other CD authoring software. Make sure that in your BIOS you have your optical drive set as the number one boot device. Boot-up Elyssa and click on install.
You could see how compatible Elyssa is by simply using the Live CD, but this is not exactly the best indicator of compatibility. As my wifi didn't work in the Live CD, but it worked once I installed Elyssa.
After you have installed it, you might have all of your hardware working perfectly. If that is not the case you will have to Google for solutions, which sometimes could be quite bothersome. Having a desktop usually means having a simpler install, notebooks on the other hand require a lot more configuring in most cases.
The best thing to do is just try.