After some recent tests, that also involved checking out the new Mint cinnamon, I decided to do a full install of Mint. That went so well that the next move was to install Mint alongside of Ubuntu.

As usual, I had problems with the bootloader – Mint booted but Ubuntu wanted an “fsck” (check and/or repair file/s). Tried restoring grub with Rescatux, several times (including both Mint & Ubuntu locations), but Ubuntu still wanted “fsck” and there is no arguing with Ubuntu.

Tools and utilities don’t always work, but since Ubuntu has grown so much there are usually answers from internet search results (another reason I choose Ubuntu as #1). I used Google – “manual fsck” and the first answer was from ‘ask ubuntu‘ (as usual). That solution worked.

Rebooted, and bootloader worked perfectly .. the Ubuntu bootloader, and yes, installing Mint alongside Ubuntu installed the Mint bootloader, and humble Linux Newbie – since 1996 me am not sure when/how the Ubuntu bootloader also got installed. Each bootloader offered a choice of their OS first. It’s called Dual Boot, Triple Boot, Quad Boot, Penta, etc in Windows systems (if you’re also into testing WIN operating systems).

I stopped installing Linux alongside Windows 4/5 years ago .. it worked, but ended up being too much trouble in the long run, IMHO. E.g. say you decide to install an new Linux or new Windows version, and delete the one you’re replacing. Pain…major pain for a longtime Windows user and/or longtime Linux Newbie. I will use the bootloader when testing Linux distributions, but will disconnect any Windows drives (or Data, backup, etc drives) to avoid any problems with them during tests or installs.

My main machine runs Win 7 and Win 10 – at system boot up, the Delete key goes to Setup and the F12 key goes to Boot Menu (Boot Options on other machines) .. I select whichever SSD of the OS I want at the time .. Win 7 is the automatic boot up option. It’s a homebuilt system using a large Antec case, so I can keep lots of SSD & HDD in it, tho I use HDD’s for image backups and Data on them. The other two machines are for testing, and I usually just use HDD’s in them .. main test machine is also a homebuilt system, an old (2007/2008) one involving another big Antec case. Not to change the topic much more, but I just bought two new WD Blue 160 GB SATA HDD’s from Newegg for $14.99 each, with free shipping. Those make a great size for using Linux on, and you can usually find great deals on them.

Anyway, enough of my babbling .. Ubuntu is now alongside Mint and they are both working fine. I was really impressed with the new 19.1 Mint .. it has come a long way in a short time. I still prefer Ubuntu (especially for being user friendly and great support), but Mint has a lot of similarities (settings and such) to Windows OSs.