P.S. I heard the news about the compromised mint download a while back, I gather that to protect against this kind of thing one must, before making the live USB, check the digital signatures on the downladed file*. 7z has a really nice feature that you can select any file on your machine with it and it'll give you a sha-256 hash for it, does mint's site have a hash posted anywhere for the download of mint so you can compare it.
P.S.2 if I want to test mint on other machines I need to check in advance that they aren't the sort which risk bricking by trying to boot it, just a live USB boot, no installation intended. Does anyone know of checks that one can run to make sure a computer won't brick when this is tried, also can anyone post a precise warning list about what types of computer are known to do badly with linux mint live USB boots, anyone know how an "HP Notebook-15-r218na" or "Toshiba satellite pro L850-UJ" does, if I were to wish to at some point try a boot on them, or if the old machine cannot be made to detect the live USB at all.
*I don't have any torrent client programs, I assume that I can download the file in the way one ordinarily downloads a file, just like one downloads a file from the downloads section of this site, but obviosuly with a rather larger file size. I'm not worried about the download being slow or bandwidth hogging, my connection is good enough that it'll manage a megabyte or so a second and if the download takes hours there's plenty of non-computer related things I can get on with while the download completes.
Edited by rp88, 10 March 2016 - 09:01 PM.