In This Chapter
Evaluating what you need
Selecting settings: Language and time zone
Defining your user account
Configuring a file system to install to
Installing Ubuntu Linux to your hard drive
Finishing the installation
You can install Ubuntu to your hard drive if you have space alongside Microsoft Windows, intend to erase a current Windows installation entirely, or are using a new hard drive.
If you don't want to completely erase Windows, Chapter 3 shows how to free up space from your current Windows installation.
This chapter is divided into sections describing each stage of the permanent Ubuntu installation process on a hard drive.
This chapter is only a fraction of the length of other installation chapters I've written — which shows how straightforward installing Ubuntu is.
In general, Ubuntu Linux is easy to install. Use the following checklist to make sure you have everything you need for the installation:
A compatible computer
Ubuntu can run on
Intel/AMD‐compatible 32‐bit PCs: This book's companion CD runs on 32‐bit PCs.
Almost all PCs made in the last 20 years use 32‐bit processors.
Intel/AMD‐compatible 64‐bit PCs: This book's companion Ubuntu CD does not work on 64‐bit computers. You can download a 64‐bit Ubuntu CD from http://releases.ubuntu.com/6.10. Ubuntu provides instructions for burning the CD at http://help.ubuntu.com/community/BurningIsoHowto.
Many of the newest, fastest PCs use 64‐bit processors. Computers using ...