4.1 Installing Ubuntu Desktop

There are many options and different distributions available for GNU/Linux. We concentrate on Ubuntu, a derivative of Debian, primarily because of its ease of setup and it being widely available and deployed today. Many people run Ubuntu rather than Windows so you will be in good company.

A Ubuntu installation is straightforward and can replace MS/Windows altogether or can be installed beside Windows (for a dual boot option). Visit the Ubuntu Installation Tutorial for the simple instructions provided by Canonical. You can easily become familiar with the installation process by trying it out once or twice—it doesn’t hurt to practise!

The best choice is to install the latest Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Supported) on your own computer as the base operating system.

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