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Step by Step Guide on How to Install Ubuntu

A lot of people are talking about Ubuntu — one of the most popular Linux distributions to date. This discussion is still hot and more people are jumping off Windows to Linux. If you’re an average user, the easiest Linux distribution is Ubuntu. However, there is another one called LinuxMint based on a Windows interface, but I don’t encourage using that. The real taste of Linux lies in Ubuntu.

Ubuntu is an open source operating system, which means it’s totally free of cost. You can order a free CD from Canonical and install it on as many computers as you like. Ubuntu is a simple, elegant and powerful operating system that makes the best out of your hardware. Forget viruses, hang ups and similar issues that you used to have with Windows. Ubuntu is a new era to computing.

Through today’s article, I’m going to show you how to install Ubuntu. I believe you will find Ubuntu an extremely useful operating system to use. So, let’s begin.

Get Ubuntu

There are two ways to get Ubuntu. If you have a faster internet connection with a CD writer on your computer, you can download ubuntu .iso image file from here. After the download completes, simply burn it to a CD and boot it.

If you’d rather like to receive an Ubuntu free cd, click here and order your free cd. It may take weeks to arrive, so I recommend downloading. Please note that if you’re using a netbook, you may wish to download Ubuntu Netbook Edition.

Install Ubuntu

There are two ways to install Ubuntu on your computer. The first one is called wubi; which lets you install Ubuntu inside of Windows. People call it a trailer of Ubuntu, but I’ve used it for many days and there are not many differences between a fresh installation and wubi.

The second one is obviously a fresh installation. To do a fresh installation of Ubuntu on your computer, you will need to create new partition on your hard drive (of course unless you’re willing to remove Windows or any other operating system that you are already running). You need to create a separate partition that will consist of Ubuntu core files and let your computer duel boot.

If you’re concerned that you may mess up partitioning your hard-drive (it’s dead simple, though), you may wish to go with Wubi. Since hard drive partitioning is a bit complex, in this post, I’ll just go with how to install Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx inside windows.


Installing Wubi is no different than installing a normal software. Log in to Windows and enter the Ubuntu CD. If you have autorun turned on, you’ll see a box containing three buttons. Press the one that says “Install Inside Windows”.

On the next screen, you’ll be asked to select which drive you want to install your Ubuntu in. Choose a drive that has enough space. Preferably, you should give Ubuntu 10 GB to take up at this screen. Also, note that while you are logged in on Ubuntu, you cannot access the hard drive you’re installing Ubuntu in. For example, if you install Ubuntu in Drive F, you cannot see drive F while you are on Ubuntu, so avoid installing Ubuntu on a drive that you might need to access regularly.

From the installation size drop down box, you may choose any size you want. It is preferred that you choose 10 GB. On the right side, give your username and a password that you will require to log in to Ubuntu. Then, simply click Install.

Installation should not take more than 10 minutes. Once installed, you will be prompted to reboot. Before you reboot, eject your Ubuntu disk and then reboot. You don’t need that disk anymore this time.

When booting up, you’ll notice a new kernel has been added to your grub. By default, you will be going with Windows. Use the down arrow key to highlight Ubuntu and press enter. You may need to press enter again in the following screen as well.

Once logged in, you’ll see the installation will be completed within 15-20 minutes (depending on your hardware configuration). From now on, you don’t need any guide to go with. In a few minutes, you will see the simple yet stylish desktop environment of Ubuntu.

Other Notes

There are other things you might need to do with an installed Ubuntu desktop edition. I will cover them in a future article. Please note that the real taste of Ubuntu lies only if the computer has an internet connection. Because of openness, few things including media codecs couldn’t be included with Ubuntu. Other additional softwares such as Java, Flash Player, etc. need to be downloaded and installed from the Internet. Therefore, you need internet access to get the most out of Ubuntu.

Ubuntu lacks support for a few programs including Adobe products. There are always alternatives, but it is assumed that very soon software makers will be releasing a Linux-compatible version of their softwares as more and more people are switching to Linux — especially Ubuntu.