Install Linux Mint 16 Petra Xfce on VirtualBox

Linux Mint 16 Xfce recently released as part of the Linux Mint 16 Editions codename “Petra” is a lightweight desktop environment which aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly. This edition features all the improvements from the latest Linux Mint release on top of an Xfce 4.10 desktop.

For a complete tour of the new features in Xfce, visit

I have documented below steps to installing Xfce 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


Step 3: Install Linux Mint Xfce

– 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 “Erase disk and install Linux Mint”, click Install Now


– Choose location and click Continue


– Choose desired keyboard layout


– Enter details as shown and continue


– Click Restart Now on completion. Note: you might notice that the screen freezes if installing the 64bit version. All you need to do is power-off the VM and start it up 🙂


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


Linux Mint Xfce Desktop


That’s it. Please feel free to share your experience on this OS 🙂

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