Install Linux Mint 16 Petra KDE on VirtualBox

Linux Mint 16 KDE Edition recently released as part of the Linux Mint 16 Editions codename “Petra” is a vibrant, innovative, advanced, modern looking and full-featured desktop environment. This edition features all the improvements from the latest Linux Mint release on top of KDE 4.11.

For a complete tour of the new features in KDE 4.11, visit

I have documented below steps to installing KDE Edition (64bit) on a VirtualBox for those that fancy a trial

Step 1: Download ISO file

– Visit Linux Mint download page and download either 32bit or 64bit. Go for the 32bit version if your hardware does not support hardware-virtualization and also for stability


Step 2: Create Virtual Machine

I would assume that you are already familiar with the creation of a New virtual machine and choosing the right disk & memory sizes respectively. Note: since Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, the version to choose will be Ubuntu. Strangely this edition required 2GB of memory before I could run the installer


Step 3: Install Linux Mint KDE

– Start-up the virtual machine, select the ISO file downloaded and click Start


– Double-click on the “Install Linux Mint” icon.


– Select desired Language and click Continue


– Ensure your system passes the 3 checks, then click Continue


– Leave default “Guided – use entire disk“, click Install Now


– Select Region/Time Zone settings and click Continue


– Select desired Keyboard layout


– Enter details as shown and continue


– Click Restart Now on completion. Note: it might appear that the screen is frozen. If that’s the case, simply power-off the VM and start it up. In my case, it restarted fine 🙂


– On the login screen, click your username and enter the password


Linux Mint KDE Desktop


Step 4: Install Guest Additions

– Click on Devices > Insert Guest Additions CD Image. Click on Menu > Konsole as seen above. From console, change directory to media file and run the installer. See commands below. Note that the path will definitely be different from yours. After install, restart VM for the changes to take effect

[code language=”js”]# cd /media//VBOXADDITIONS_

# sudo ./[/code]


Step 5: Install Update

– Click on Start menu > Applications > Update Manager


– Enter root password


– You may be prompted first to install the latest version of Update Manager. After upgrading the Update Manager, wait for update manager to download updates. Then click “Install Updates



Please feel free to share your experience on this OS 🙂

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