Sorry, but I am having trouble installing it. I got the Nadia, 14th ed., and mounted it with
mount -o loop ./mint.iso ./mnt/disk
after creating the mnt and disk folders and renaming the .iso "mint". I can see the files in the .iso, but when I click on "mint4win.exe" I get
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End-of-central-directory signature not found. Either this file is not
a zipfile, or it constitutes one disk of a multi-part archive. In the
latter case the central directory and zipfile comment will be found on
the last disk(s) of this archive.
note: /home/joshua/Downloads/mnt/disk/mint4win.exe may be a plain executable, not an archive
zipinfo: cannot find zipfile directory in one of /home/joshua/Downloads/mnt/disk/mint4win.exe or
/home/joshua/Downloads/mnt/disk/mint4win.exe.zip, and cannot find /home/joshua/Downloads/mnt/disk/mint4win.exe.ZIP, period.
Am I doing somthing obvious wrong? Is this .exe expected to be run from a windows machine that is going to go over to mint?
I do not understand what you are doing. I never mess with the files in the .iso. I guess you could if you wanted to. Some people do.
To my understanding, the .iso file in the Linux Mint download is a source image file for burning a DVD. An .iso file is called a disk image
. You can unpack it using an archive program and you can extract the files, say to a hard drive or even to a USB flash drive, and you can look at them and run them, but to my way of thinking, the main purpose of an .iso file is to burn a DVD
You have to use a dvd burning program that will burn a disk image, an .iso file. Not all dvd burning programs will do that. For Windows, I use Infrarecorder
. I suggest you use that because it is free software for Windows and does not contain spyware. It works in Windows XP and Windows 7 and probably other versions. I have used Infrarecorder for years and trust it 100%. I do not trust any other dvd burning programs in Windows, not a single one.
Now once you run Infrarecorder, click on the "Write Image" icon in the program, and Infrarecorder will prompt you for your .iso file. Then you can burn the Linux Mint 14 Xfce install dvd. Assuming you don't get any errors--you can then boot from the dvd and install Linux Mint. If you do get errors, possibly your .iso file is corrupt--consider torrenting the .iso file rather than downloading, because downloading a large file is subject to occasional errors. I used to download those things, but nowadays I only torrent them, because torrenting ensures an error-free file. Love it. Thank you, Ktorrent! Best torrent program in the world.
I just wipe out whatever is on the drive when I install a Linux distro. I do not dual boot any of my machines. I do not have a dual Windows / Linux environ. I have a separate Windows machine and three Linux machines. I like to keep things simple. I don't like problems. But I read about a lot of people, including very smart people, who do dual boot and who also do all kinds of wild and far-out things like virtual machine and running Linux from within Windows or running Windows from within Linux. That's what that mint4win you mentioned is all about, I believe. Never used it, myself.
If you're thinking about keeping Windows on your machine, then you will may choose to go the mint4win route OR you can dual boot. Actually when you install Linux Mint, it will give you the option of having dual boot. So even in this case, you should burn that dvd and then boot from the dvd.
Mint4win is a program that runs from windows, and I don't know what all it does. There are detailed instructions for that around here somewhere--search the forum and maybe the Community wiki. I don't know a thing about mint4win, but I think it gets good reviews. I can't really help much there.
The only reason I keep a Windows system around at all is just for compatibility with a couple programs that I don't feel I can live without-- 1. Call Clerk by Rob LaTour, my answering machine; and 2. ACDSee. But I also like other windows programs such as Notepad++, and some programs do actually work better on Windows. I was looking at Filezilla today and I noticed that Kubuntu 13.04 (latest version) is only offering version 3.6, whereas Windows has already moved on to 3.7. The Ubuntu Linux repo's don't really keep on top of app updates like they should. I guess they have their hands full just updating the distro itself without worrying about the apps. Also, I think they don't bother messing with app updates because they like to provide incentives for people to update Ubuntu itself to the latest version.