Just got done installing Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa Cinnamon edition. It’s a long-term support release with support until 2023. Here are some of the new features. I use Etcher on the Mac to write to the USB. I then booted via USB to install Linux Mint on the new machine. Linux Mint was done installing in less than 10 minutes. I went with Cinnamon since it was a darker theme.
Etcher allows you to safely and easily burn images to SD and USB drives. It has a simple interface, and and exclusively available on the Mac OS platform. Burning an image has never been easy. Just select an image (ISO), select a drive, and flash the image.