So you're craving something Minty Fresh? Well I've got your answer, Linux Mint 12. The Mint team has put their best foot forward developing their next flagship release based on Ubuntu 11.10. Lead developer and founder of the Mint project "Clem" made it a priority to carefully consider feedback from his current fan base as well as embrace the new technologies found in Gnome 3 and Gnome-Shell. This consideration is clearly evident with the very custom version of Gnome-Shell found in Linux Mint 12.
Ok, ok enough talking already. The following tutorial will show you how to install the most recent build of Linux Mint 12 but be advised it is pre-release software so everything may not be be fully functional.
1. Install Ubuntu 11.10
2. Open a terminal and type the following:
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
3. At this point it may be a good idea to back up your sources.list file
4. Next delete all the text in your current sources.list then copy & paste the following:
deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ lisa main upstream import deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ oneiric main restricted universe multiverse deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ oneiric-updates main restricted universe multiverse deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ oneiric-security main restricted universe multiverse deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ oneiric partner deb http://packages.medibuntu.org/ oneiric free non-free # deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu oneiric-getdeb apps # deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu oneiric-getdeb games
5. Save the file and close.
6. Next in terminal type the following:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install linuxmint-keyring
7. Then type....
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade && sudo apt-get install mint-common mint-artwork-gnome mint-meta-mgse
8. After the above packages have been installed, reboot
9. At the login screen select "GNOME"