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Linux Mint 17.2 -- GWSA Computer Club October 5th, 2015

Presentation by Ross K.

Figure 1: Fn key (blur lettering) for display settings

In order to display the Linux Screen, press the Fn Key then F4. They are both blue in colour indicating the pairing. This allows the actual screen on the computer to be displayed with the projector. If I had known this in September, we wouldn’t be repeating this demonstration. This feature (Fn + F4) is operating system independent. It works regardless of the Operating System, being hard-wired into the computer.

In my case, I’m running the operating system (Linux 17.2) from a USB stick on a laptop. I have set the Boot Order in the BIOS Settings to boot from the USB Stick. One of the advantages of running from a USB is that the system can be run if the computer’s operating system has failed.

It is very similar to the Windows Screen -- The difference is that there are very few icons (Computer, Trash bin plus a few others). The applications open from a “Start Button” at the bottom right corner of the screen. Perhaps we can explore other editions of Linux in a future Computer Club Meeting.

  • The Mint “Start Button”

The Linux “Start Button” is similar to the windows icon of the same name.

All of the applications in the operating system are accessible from this point.

Download Linux from Then create the usb operating system from the iso file using the “How to create a bootable USB stick on Windows” from

The How-to-geek website has done a good job of outlining the various Linux versions. You can find it here.

  • Questions/Comments

I am open to questions and comments about the Linux Operating System. Because this system is new to the vast majority of members in the Club, there may be some questions that were left unanswered from the meeting of October 5th.

Happy and Safe Computing!

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