I would like to see a full how-to on how to install Ubuntu.
First, you will need to download the current version of Ubuntu at http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop. Select your flavour(32bit vs 64 bit), and click the big orange button. If you are unsure of the flavour you need, pick 32-bit as it will run even if you have a 64-bit processor.
Next, you will be downloading a large ISO file, about 600-700 MB. It can take up to a few hours, depending on your connection speed. Let the file download. Then, you will be burning it onto a CD-R.
If you are using Windows 7 or higher, you may double-click this file(Assuming you don't have another program associated with it). Otherwise, install IMGBurn (Sadly, not open-source).
You now should have burned your disk. If you open the disk using your file manager, there should be a bunch of files like
Now, put the disc back in your optical drive, and reboot your computer. On a PC, you should have a key like ESC, F10, or another key that will get you to your multiboot menu. Otherwise, consult the help for your BIOS to find the key needed. Follow the screen prompts to boot from the optical drive your new disc is in.
Press SHIFT once you get a purple screen with a picture at the bottom. Select your language with the arrow keys and ENTER. Now, you should be confronted with a menu. You may try Ubuntu without installing, or you may install it. If you want to try it, pick that option, try it, double-click the Install Ubuntu icon on the desktop, and continue with this guide. Note that this test version is slower because it is using a CD, not your hard disk. Some versions of Ubuntu will give a graphical menu for this step.
Now, you will be confronted with a checklist. You may safely disregard the second option.
Now, it is time to partition your hard disk. If you want to avoid losing data, or dual-boot, this step is crucial. If you want to just clear out your hard disk, and use all of the space for Ubuntu, select that option, and skip to step 10. If you want to dual-boot and trust the installer (not recommended), select the option to install side-by-side, and skip to step 10. If you want to manually set up dual, boot, select the choice for advanced partitioning and proceed to the next step.
We are now ready to install! Click Install Now, and allow the tool to write changes. Now, you should be prompted to select a time zone. The installer wisely tries to guess your timezone.
You will now be confronted with a choice of languages again. Pick your language, and on the next step, pick your keymap(Keyboard layout). If you are unsure, click on the button to detect your layout.
On the next screen, you may set your username, display name, and password. Pick a secure password. Although your username must be all lowercase, your display name is what is displayed in the logon menu and may contain capital letters and spaces to your heart's content.
If you dualboot with Windows, you will be faced with an option to migrate documents. Pict the users and folders you want to migrate.
Now, you may sit back with no trepidation, until faced with the prompt stating installation is complete.
After finish all these step, connect to network, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run this command:
For simple basic instructions to install either the LTS or the latest stable release try
If you're using Windows, you can try Ubuntu using Wubi. Download and instructions here: http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/windows-installer
If you're looking to install Ubuntu permanently, you may burn the Ubuntu installer to a disc, or put the Ubuntu installer on a flash drive. Download and instructions here: http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download
Please note that this does not remove Windows, or anything else installed. It simply installs Ubuntu next to what already exists, allowing you to choose between it and Ubuntu every time you start your computer up.
Use this guide: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/GraphicalInstall
If you want to keep Windows, then for step 6, read carefully:
It's a good idea to either have the guide open on another computer or print it out, so that you have it available during the install process.