J. Lai

Install Ubuntu– Ubuntu Newbie Series

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Before installing Ubuntu, you should have at least 3G free space in your hard disk. (5G is recommended.)

I assume that you have the Ubuntu CD now. (You can download the iso file from ubuntu.com  and  record it into a cd or order a copy from the

This CD is also a LiveCD, which means that you can run Ubuntu without installing it in your computer for just a try.

Insert the CD into your CD Rom and reboot your computer. (You should set your computer boot from CD Rom.)

The installation of Ubuntu is very easy, you may just be confused by the followings:

1. If you have Windows in your computer, it will ask you weather you want to import the Windows settings. I choose this function, and after installation, I can access to other partitions in the computer, that is C: D: or E: (I don’t know weather you can access the partitions if you don’t choose to import the Windows settings.)

2. In the process, it will ask you to build partitions for Ubuntu. I divide my 3G free space into two part, ext3 and swap. (These two are the types of the partition, not the names of the partitions.)

ext3 is used to stored the files (including system files and your own files if you like, or you can build another partition for your own purpose). This part should be at least 2G. (In my experience, 2G is too small, because the system files occupy near 2G.)

swap is something like virtual memory in Windows. It is used for running programs, I recommend at least as much as your computer’s memory. (My laptop’s memory is 512M, I set the swap 512M. Now, sometimes more than 300 memory and more than 200 swap is in used.)

Except above, there’s no other problem you will face when you installing Ubuntu. Have fun with it!

In the following posts in this series, I will write something about how to make your Ubuntu satisfy your daily usage, for instance, listening music, watching video.

Written by J. Lai

November 3, 2007 at 3:48 pm

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  1. Hi
    I just installed Ubuntu 7.10 on my desktop but cannot hear a sound. I have Pentium 4 3.4Ghz, 1.5GB RAM, GeForce 7600 GS, Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio. I’m really newbie. I tried to change something in System/Preferences/sound but no success. An advise would help.


    November 4, 2007 at 4:11 pm

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