Ubuntu install

Ubuntu is very easy to install, even for an inexperienced Linux user. You first have to download the ISO and burn to a disk. The good think is that it is only one disk. It uses a text-based install but it just works. The only tricky part is the disk partitioning but I did a complete new install on this laptop and will not be dual-booting so I just chose the defaults.
ubuntuinstall
Then just follow the directions and you will have a great Linux distro installed. You should see the following login screen after the last reboot.
ubuntulogin
One of the first things I should address before you get started learning Ubuntu is how it handles root logins. Basically it does not allow root access but uses Sudo instead. So when you run an application and it prompts you for a password, just use your username password. This is how OSX manages root access and is much safer than actually logging in as root. To most Linux users this can be confusing because we are used to root.

After logging in, the first thing you will want to do is ensure networking is up and running. For my example, I am setting up connectivity to my home wireless LAN.

  • on the Desktop Top menu bar go under System-Administration-Networking.
    ubuntu-Network settings
  • Now I select Wireless Connection and click Propertiesubuntu-Interface properties
  • Put in the Network Name, also know as your SSID and then put in your WEP key of your local wireless LAN. Now you are ready.
Now open up a terminal window and type the following command, ifconfig.
phwil@scully:~$ ifconfig
ath0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0B:CD:5A:02:F8
inet addr:192.168.1.6 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
inet6 addr: fe80::20b:cdff:fe5a:2f8/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:12747 errors:2772 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:2772
TX packets:8493 errors:1 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:199
RX bytes:16072193 (15.3 MiB) TX bytes:1285636 (1.2 MiB)
Interrupt:5 Memory:eeb40000-eeb50000

This will show if you have obtained an IP address from the network and you should be good to go for connecting to the Internet.


2 Response to "Ubuntu install"

  1. Anonymous says:

    how did ye install such a fine distro without having a cd drive? I may purchase such a laptop soon, because carrying my old laptop hurts. I would like to knwo how to install linux without a cd rom drive (can i boot off of usb or SD or network, etc....)

    philwil says:

    For this laptop I have a USB cdrom that I used.

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