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Installing Ubuntu 10.04: Survival guide

Thinking of installing Ubuntu 10.04 this weekend? Here are a few tips to ensure you have a pleasant experience in doing so.image[6]

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!

  1. 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’.
  2. If possible make sure your computer is connected to the internet via an Ethernet cable ‚Ä” this will help with installing updates
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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/