Has the frustration of using the Windows operating system reached a turning point for you? You’ve probably dealt with random reboots to upgrade, failed upgrades, unsupported hardware, crashes, and a never-ending inflexibility and general unreliability.
If that sounds like your experience with Windows, let me introduce you to something better, more reliable, and free. Said Linux is Linux and has been my favorite operating system since 1997. In those early days, Linux was a big challenge to use and an even bigger headache to install.
That was then, this is now. With a few minor exceptions (such as Gentoo and Arch), modern Linux has become incredibly easy to use and even install.
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I know, I know… you think, “I can’t install an operating system!” Au contraire, mon ami. If you can install an application, you can install Linux.
Do not believe me? Let me show you via Ubuntu Desktop 22.04. I will be demonstrating with the beta of this iteration, but the installation will be the same when the full release is made available.
A word of caution: make sure you install Ubuntu on a machine you can spare. Save all important data from that system to an external drive because once you install Ubuntu, every OS and user account that was previously on the machine will be toast.
For this to work, you need to download the ISO image for the latest version of Ubuntu. Once you’ve downloaded that, you’ll need to burn the ISO image to a USB flash drive using a tool like Unetbootin (which can be installed on Linux, macOS, or Windows). Burning the ISO image to a USB drive is not just copying the file to the removable device; instead, it creates a bootable drive from which you can then install the operating system.
After installing Unetbootin, insert your USB drive, open the application and select Diskimage, click on the three horizontal dots (Image A), and locate the ISO image you downloaded.
From the Drive drop-down list, select the USB device (be sure to select the correct one) and click OK to burn the ISO to the disc.
Once Unetbootin is complete, safely remove the USB device, insert it into the machine that will house your new installation of Ubuntu, and boot.
The first screen (Figure B) you can try or install Ubuntu.
Click Install Ubuntu and then (in the resulting window – Figure C) select the keyboard layout and click Continue.
In the next screen (Figure D), click the checkbox for Install third-party software for graphics and Wi-Fi hardware and additional media formats. This option installs several codecs so that you can play numerous media files.
Click Continue and in the next window (Figure E), keep all default settings and click Install Now.
You will then be prompted to continue with the installation (Figure F†
In the next window (Figure G), select from the map or type in your location and click Continue.
Then you need to create a user for the system (figure H† Type in your full name, a name for the computer (it can be anything you want, such as: ubuntulinux), a username and a password.
Make sure to check Require my password to sign in (otherwise your system will be less secure). Click Continue and the installation will begin. The process may take up to five minutes to complete (depending on the speed of your network and system).
When the installation is complete, you will be prompted to restart your computer (figure I†
Finally, you will be prompted (figure J) to remove the installation media (the USB drive) and press Enter on your keyboard.
When the machine reboots, you will be greeted by the login screen (figure K† Enter the username and password you created during the installation and enjoy Ubuntu Desktop Linux.
And that’s all there is to installing Ubuntu Desktop Linux. And you thought this would be a challenge. Congratulations on taking your first step toward desktop freedom.