We’re unhappy to report that the disc bundled free with Linux User & Developer 141 has an error on it that will not allow Linux Mint 17 to install properly. Right on the final stages of the installation process using Ubiquity, the installer will throw up a dialogue box saying it’s crashed.
We’ve tracked the fault down to a couple of things but whatever they are it doesn’t excuse that we didn’t properly test the disc before it went to print. For that we’re very sorry and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. We’re quite annoyed ourselves as it was an integral part of our ‘Switch to Linux’ feature.
The rest of the disc is fine though so don’t throw it away just yet! The other distro ISOs are easily accessible, as well as the packages and tutorial files.
If you want to follow along to the Switch to Linux guide in the issue then download the Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon ISO from the Mint website (this means you can also get a 64-bit version as well if you have a newer PC). We’re assuming you’re going from Windows, in which case we recommend using Free ISO Burner to get it onto a blank DVD. You can also try using UNetbootin to put it onto a USB stick but there have been reports that the install might fail via this method as well.
Again, we’re very sorry about all this and we’ll endeavour to make sure each future disc gets the proper checks that it requires.