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OK, I downloaded ubuntu-16.04-desktop-amd64.iso

Why it has amd64 in the name confuses me.

And I don't know what to do with the file. I really don't care to bother with a CD of any kind. What I was expecting was a file I would click and then it would download more data. When done a window would pop up about executing a program that would install. Then I expected the usual screens as shown in the Installation Guide.
I was hoping to put any expanded files or install on a thumb drive and skip a CD altogether.

So, what do I do with this image file?

marked as duplicate by Pilot6, Eric Carvalho, Videonauth, user364819, David Foerster May 31 '16 at 18:13

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amd64 denotes that it is suitable for 64-bit processors, either Intel or AMD. On Linux, 64-bit installation files use either amd64 or x64, both meaning exactly the same thing.

You have to create an installation DVD with the .iso file you have downloaded and then boot your system with that DVD. The installation procedure will start automatically after that. Alternatively, you can create a bootable USB stick by using software that's designed for this purpose, such as LinuxLive USB tool.

  • That gets me a lot further than I was and re leaves some fear it was only good for amd and not intel. – Rod Hittle May 21 '16 at 21:30
  • But that leaves the next question. Just how does one create an installation DVD with the .iso file? I have burned disk before but that seems to have little to do with creating an installation DVD, much less from an .iso file. – Rod Hittle May 21 '16 at 21:32
  • We all use the same amd64 files for those two processors so don't worry. Other processors, like ARM for example use entirely different isos specifying arm in the name. – Stormlord May 21 '16 at 21:35
  • Every CD/DVD burning software has an option saying something like "Burn image". That's the one you need to use. – Stormlord May 21 '16 at 21:37
  • Flash drives are a bit better than DVDs. CDs now are too small. help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBStick and: wiki.ubuntu.com/Win32DiskImager/iso2usb You do not copy ISO, but install it, which both extracts it and converts it to be a bootable device. More details on why amd64 - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X86-64 – oldfred May 21 '16 at 21:47

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