How to Install Linux

Now that you are familiar with Linux, how do you go about installing it? Well, the beauty of Linux is that there are many different flavors at your disposal, in the form of distributions. Each distribution offers its own pre-installed software and default desktop and environment. There are thousands of different Linux distributions to choose from. If you are looking for a distribution that fits your needs, check out this list of the top 11 best Linux distributions.

For this tutorial we are going to install one of the most over rated popular Linux distributions, Ubuntu. One of the reasons why I love Ubuntu so much is that the setup process is very straightforward and takes no more than 10 minutes. So here’s how to install Linux – Ubuntu.



What You Will Need:

  • USB Flash Drive
  • Computer that supports booting from USB
  • Ubuntu.iso
  • Universal USB Installer

Step 1: Setup ISO

After downloading the iso, unpack it to your flash drive using the Universal USB installer tool. Select “Ubuntu” as your distribution, then select your iso, and finally select your flash drive.

Step 2: Installation

Boot your computer from your flash drive (usually F12 brings up the boot menu). Then select the option to install Ubuntu. From this point, everything else is self-explanatory.

Installation Location

If you go to the something else option like I did, make sure that you choose the correct hard drive that you want to install Ubuntu to. Delete any existing partitions and begin creating new ones. Remember, you need a Swap and root. Your swap should be roughly twice the size of your RAM. Its worth noting that you don’t need to make a separate _home /etc _partition, unless you really want to.