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In this guide we will be providing a easy set of instructions for installing Ubuntu 9.10 on your computer. This guide already assumes you have prepared your computer for Linux or alternatively have followed the guides for VMware or VirtualBox.
You will now have this screen. The first option allows you to boot into Ubuntu without actually installing it on your computer. This allows you to give Ubuntu a try before making any changes to your hard drive.
The second option actually launches the Ubuntu installer. Select the second option and press enter.
In this screen you can select which type of keyboard you have. Change the selected keyboard here if Ubuntu has not selected the correct one. You can also test if you have selected the correct keyboard by using the test box. After selecting your keyboard press Forward.
This section allows you to allocate how much hard drive space you will like to give to Linux. In this example we will be allocating all of the drive space to Linux, however if you are dual booting with Windows (or some other OS) you will have the option of resizing Windows to make room for Linux or to install Linux on any free space currently available. Once you have selected the option appropriate for you press Forward.
This screen allows you to personalize your installation. First enter your name in the top text box, you will notice that both the username and the name of the computer are filled in automatically, however these can be changed to any name you wish. Also enter the password you would like to use (and enter it a second time for verification). If you are not worried about the security of your system you can also select the “Log in automatically” option which will bypass the login prompt when the computer starts. After you have completed this section press Forward.
After the installation is complete you will be presented with this window. Press the Restart Now button and your computer will restart. During this process your installation CD will be ejected from the drive, remove the disc from the drive and press enter to confirm you have done so.
Installation is almost complete but there is one very important step before being able to use Ubuntu and that is to install all the required security updates.
First, make sure you have a working internet connection on your computer. Then, if you didn't select the “Log in automatically” earlier, log into your computer with the username and password you selected.
That will bring up the Update Manager. This program will ensure you are running the latest updates on your system. To begin the update process click on the Install Updates button. At this point you will be asked for you password, enter it and press OK
When this is complete you may be asked to restart your computer, do this to complete the update procedure.
Your Ubuntu 9.10 system is now fully installed and up to date. For further guides in configuring certain parts of Ubuntu please view our Ubuntu Guides section.