Linux Mint 20 (Ulyana) Installation Steps with Screenshots

Linux Mint has announced its LTS (Long Term Version) release named “Ulyana“, Linux Mint 20.0. According to the Linux Mint team, this version is going to be based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. As it is a LTS release so we will get latest updates and patches for the next 5 years (till 2025). While Ubuntu comes with a set release date every time, it is not the case with Linux Mint. In this article, we’ll see all the new features in Linux Mint 20 along with a step-by-step installation guide for Linux Mint 20.0 (Ulyana). For this article purpose, we’ll discuss about the new features and installation guide for the Linux Mint 20 Cinnamon release.

Linux Mint 20 (Ulyana) – New Features

Linux Mint 20 comes loaded with a host of new features as well as with some enhancements to its existing features:

  • Warpinator : One of the coolest features to be introduced is the “Warpinator”. Yes, it is a redo of the old “Giver” application. With Warpinator, file sharing across systems within the local network is made pretty much simple and quick.
  • NVIDIA Optimus : Ulyana support offers support to NVIDIA Optimus card and from the Prime applet card, you can see options to switch from Intel to Nvidia graphics card.
  • Updated System Tray : The system tray looks much more consistent and harmonized than before. From the tray, you can quickly port apps from GtkStatusIcon.
  • Enhanced Performance : Another major highlight of Ulyana is the performance upgrade of many applications and utilities including the Nemo file manager, display refresh rate along with the introduction of fractional scaling. Until now, you can have the same kind of scaling for all monitors, but with Cinnamon 4.6, you can set different scaling levels.
  • Desktop Colors : With Linux Mint 20, you have the option to choose between the dark or light-colored theme as well as change the folder icon colors as well.

Minimum system requirements for Linux Mint 20

  • 2GB RAM
  • Dual Core Processor
  • 20GB free disk space
  • Bootable Media (USB or DVD)
  • Stable Internet (Optional)

Step-by-Step Guide to Install Linux Mint 20 Cinnamon

Step 1) Download Linux Mint 20 Cinnamon edition

Download the Linux Mint 20 Cinnamon edition from the link here

Step 2) Create a Bootable Disk of Linux Mint 20

To install Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana” in your system easily and quickly, you need to install using an USB disk. To do that you need to create a bootable USB disk first using downloaded ISO file. If you have downloaded the ISO file on Windows system then use ‘Rufus’ tool to create bootable USB disk. Now go to your system boot options and change the boot sequence to boot from the USB disk. Now restart your system.

Step 3) Live Session

When your system restarts, it automatically boots using the USB disk you’ve inserted in the system.


Choose the first option “Start Linux Mint


Now you can see that the Linux Mint 20 installer starting with a Live session. You don’t need to login into the system as the Live session create s new user by itself called “mint” and let you into the Live Session. Remember this is only a temporary session that is being created from the USB disk. To install a version permanently in your system, double click on “Install Linux Mint“.

Step 4) Choose Language for Linux Mint 20 Installation

Once you click “Install Linux Mint“, you will be prompted with a screen to choose your preferred language. Choose it and click “Continue” to proceed with the installation.


Step 5) Choose preferred keyboard layout for Linux Mint 20

In this step, choose your preferred keyboard layout for Linux Mint 20 and then click on “Continue


Step 6) Install Multimedia Codecs

If your system is connected to internet and wants to install multimedia codecs during the installation, then click on the check box, and then click on “Continue” to proceed with the installation.


Step 7) Choose Installation Type and Create Partition

In the next screen, you’ll be asked to choose the type of installation required. You’ll be presented with 2 options as shown in the screen below:


In case you are new to Linux and wants installer to create partitions automatically for you then choose first option “Erase disk and install Linux Mint

If you want to create own customize partitions, then choose “Something else” and proceed with the partitioning.

In this tutorial, I will demonstrate on how to create own customize partition table by choosing the second option. For the installation of I have around 40 GB hard disk space and will create following partitions on it.

  • /boot      –   1 GB (ext4 file system)
  • /              –    10 GB (ext4 file system)
  • /home    –    27 GB (ext4 file system)
  • Swap      –    2 GB

Let’s first create empty partition table before start creating partitions. Select the disk (/dev/sda) and click on “New Partition Table” and the click on Continue


Now start creating our first partition as /boot. Choose the free space and then click on + sign and specify the size as 1024 MB, file system type as “ext4” and mount point as /boot and then click on “OK”


Similarly create next two partitions as / and /home of size 10 GB and 27 GB respectively.



Now create our last partition as swap. It can prevent issues arising from out of memory issues.


Click on OK and then click on “Install Now” option. You will be getting the following screen, choose “Continue” to write changes to disk and to proceed with installation.


Step 8) Choose Your Time zone

In the next screen, you will be asked to select your time zone. Choose yours and click “Continue” to proceed


Step 9) Hostname and User Information

Before the installation begins, you will be asked to provide your user credentials and hostname of your system. Please provide the required information as shown in the screen below and click “continue” to start the installation of Linux Mint 20 Cinnamon edition.


Step 10) Installation Begins

Finally, the installation begins, and it will take a couple of minutes to complete with the installation. But during the installation process, you can see details about all the new features added in the Ulyana edition of Linux Mint in the form of a slideshow.


Once the installation is completed then installer will prompt to reboot the system.


Click on “Restart Now” to reboot the system. Also do not forget to change boot medium from USB to Disk from bios settings.

Step 11) Linux Mint 20 Welcome Screen

Once the system is available after reboot, we will get following login screen. Use the same username and its credentials that we have created during the installation.



That’s it, you’ve successfully completed the installation of Linux Mint 20 Cinnamon on your system. Explore all the new features of Linux Mint 20.0 “Ulyana”.

If you still have any queries or doubts or if you do face any issues during the installation process, please post your questions in the feedback section below. We’ll try to answer all your queries at the earliest.

Also Read : How to Upgrade to Linux Mint 20 (Ulyana)

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21 thoughts on “Linux Mint 20 (Ulyana) Installation Steps with Screenshots”

  1. Hi, i followed all the steps you mentioned, but my screen go black while the system unpacking files (step 10) could you please advise?
    My system is 4 Gb RAM
    Intel core i5
    Intel graphic card


    • Hi Sam, that probably no big deal. The screensaver blanks out after some time. Just press a key or move the mouse to have the display back. Good luck.

  2. Hi Syed, the easiest way is to use the installation USB-stick. Don’t install, just use Mint as OS. (If you want a special USB only OS try ‘Tails’)

  3. Have an ACER laptop.
    Linux MINT 19.3 was the only OS installed.
    I downoladed the nw LINUX MINT 20 on USB (bootable) and I’ve installed it: after installation I removed USB key and press ENTER.
    After Reboot this message came in: some problems with Boot Device (look at attached IMAGE).
    “Default Boot device Missing or Boot Failed.
    Insert Recovery media and Hit any key … ”

    After “OK” command and selecting HDD TOSHIBA in the second scree after this message, LINUX Mint start normally and work well.

    I’ve tried to change BOOT order: now TOSHIBA HDD is the primary boot source.
    I no need to installe GRUB, I want that when I switch on my PC, Linux mint start.

    Thanks everyone for helping me,

  4. Same thing here, Mint 19.3 was working just fine and after installing Mint 20 on an acer aspire e5 i couldn’t boot into the distro, i tried everything i could think off but no luck…

  5. I have an old computer with a 250gb hard disk. I want to install Linux mint (100)gb and Ubuntu studio 150 gb. I have done an erase using dban. How do I go about creating partitions. I plan to install Linux mint first and leave a 150 gb partition for Ubuntu studio. New to this. Your help will be appreciated.

  6. Whilst the article is very clear in its explanation for me it doesn’t work. When I press the install button it tells me that I need an /efi partition or my device may not be able to boot. If I ignore the warning I get an even more ‘manic’ warning telling me I need this /efi partition.

    My problem is, that although I know how to add an /efi partition, I do not know what size it should be or where in the partition structure it should ‘reside’ or whether it should be a primary or logical partition.

    Perhaps you could find someone who could enlighten me?

    Many thanks in anticipation

    Philip Goatly MBCS CITP

    P.S. Perhaps the answers could be added to this, otherwise excellent, article.

    • Hey Philip,

      Minimum size of /efi partition should be 100 MB. You can give size in between 100 MB to 500MB. You can create this partition as primary partition.

  7. HI Pradeep.

    Thanks for your prompt reply. Just one more question:

    If I include an /efi partition on my removable external drive, will it stop a computer which only has a BIOS booting from it?

    • Please create the partition on the disk in which you are installing Linux Mint.If you create /efi partition on external removal drive then your OS will not boot up after installation.

  8. Great instructions. Followed to the letter but at step10 still getting “Input/output error during read on /dev/sda”. At the bottom of the slideshow just says ‘Detecting file systems’ and progress bar stuck at about a third. Thanks in advance.

  9. This is amongst the best Linux instruction sites I’ve had the good fortune to find. Thank you for your invaluable assistance. I will continue to cruise your site for more useful (and very clearly explained) instructions.


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