I am downloading Linux 17.1 Cinnamon. I am very new to this whole computer thing, I do not play any games on my computer. I just use my computer to surf the internet, have fun and play music. I am thinking about setting up Linux in a virtual machine
Good plan. I have a Linux Mint 17.1 - Cinnamon vm too. Any specific reasons for your choice of Linux OS?
I guess that I will be using VirtualBox, unless somebody has a better suggestion.
Personally I have both VMware Player, and VirtualBox installed, but I prefer and mostly use VMware Player. However I usually recommend VirtualBox to others, because it's more feature rich and generally better suites peoples needs. The snap-shot feature is a huge asset when fiddling around. I'd suggest going with VirtualBox.
The only reason I am doing this is just for fun. I want to play with Linux and get a feel for it and maybe learn a few things.
I am running Windows 8.1 right now, which I love, and I intend to upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as it comes out.
I have Windows 8 on my main machine, and I to intend to upgrade to Windows 10 though it will probably not be immediate.
I am looking for advice and suggestions since I have not set up Linux yet, still downloading. I know my computer should be more than capable of running a virtual machine, I just built this machine and it has 16 Gb of RAM and a Haswell i5 4690 CPU. Any advice is welcome.
For people running vms I usually suggest Lubuntu, because it has LXDE as the desktop environment. Virtual machines usually don't get great graphics performance so the lower a desktop-environment's graphics requirements the better. Cinnamon isn't as vm friendly (in terms of graphics)
as LXDE, but in my limited experiences it runs fine.
I am having my first problems. The user manual for Linux says to check the MD5 before I try to load the program. I have followed the directions, I have downloaded md5sum, but I still do not know how to ensure that everything is good before I precede to the next step.
I assume you are referring to pages 9 and 10 of "http://www.linuxmint.com/documentation/user-guide/Cinnamon/english_17.1.pdf
"? Those steps are for verifying under a Linux operating system, but you are running Windows. You can either find a third party checksum tool for Windows, or you can boot up the Linux Mint iso in a virtual machine, open the terminal-emulator, and type "md5sum /dev/sr0
", and then compare the outputted string to the one on the Linux Mint website.