Before anything make sure that your computer meets the recommended system requirements. For Ubuntu 10.04 this is around a 1Ghz Processor, 256MB ram (512 would be ace, though) and at least 10GB hard drive space.
Download the Ubuntu 10.04 .iso using a torrent ‚Ä” it will likely be quicker and you’ll be helping other people get it quicker too!
- Verify your .iso before burning to disc (see here for that) and run a CD integrity check before approaching installation ‚Ä” this will ensure that installation doesn’t die mid-way through! You’ll find this option on the LiveCD titled ‚ÄėCheck CD for defects’.
- If possible make sure your computer is connected to the internet via an Ethernet cable ‚Ä” this will help with installing updates
- Make sure to select the correct time zone and region keyboard layout during installation. nothing worse than having your ‚Äė@’ key displaced elsewhere and not knowing why!
- During partitioning pay attention: only use the ‚Äėdefault’ partition settings if you want to erase your existing OS and files. Otherwise use the guided set-up tool ‚Ä” this will install Ubuntu on the largest chunk of free space.
- if you’re new to Ubuntu then be sure to nab a copy of the awesome ‚ÄėGetting started with Ubuntu’ guide (released tomorrow) or the Ubuntu pocket guide which can be downloaded for free@ http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/