You have choosen the bold path to run MINT on your Atari but have read from several forums that it's difficult to install, no fear this small how-to is for you.
MINT is a lean multitasking Atari OS that consist of a new Kernel and a new AES. It provides a pre-emptive multi tasking system with networking and new filesystems. It also provides a Unix like environment for those who care for it (and who installs it that way). The information here is aimed to setup a simple MINT system and will not include steps for the Unix like environment. To exploit the potential of MINT, the Unix like environment should be setup.
MINT is workable on a 8 MHz ST with 4MB but for it to be useful it should be on a machine with a 16MHz 68030 and greater than 4 MB of RAM.
An automated way of installing MINT is via EasyMint, which installs the entire MINT beast.
The method shown here will install only a minimal system with basic functionality. Hopefully this will get you heading in the right direction.
Test your old applications if they are working on MINT or download newer version or alternative
Further customise MINT and XaAES, like changing the fileselector, installing a taskbar, installing hyper view etc.
Of course, get networking on MINT and get to the Internet with CAB, Highwire, Chat....
Don't forget to get that Unix part of MINT up with the new filesystem and all those Unix goodies.
Tons to do now that you're on MINT.
updated: 7 Mar 2012