Ubuntu 13.10

Installing Ubuntu 13.10

Installing Ubuntu Linux (Ubuntu 13.10 - Saucy Salamander)

Ubuntu has now become one of the most popular Linux distributions available for the desktop (images are also available for tablets and mobile phones). Ubuntu is ideally suited to both new and experienced users of Linux. Ubuntu is a fast secure system that has a built in firewall and anti virus protection. Ubuntu 13.10 comes complete with a built in email client Thunder Bird, Music Manager software (Rythmbox) and the "Libre Office" full office suite. You can also choose from thousands of applications and packages from the Ubuntu software Centre. Here you will find free software to suit any need. To try Ubuntu 13.10, simply download the image that matches your processor type (32bit - 64bit) from the link below:

Download Ubuntu 13.10 Linux

Once you have your downloaded "iso" image that matches your system, you will need to burn this to a DVD. For software that can do this, search for "dvd iso burning software" in the search box above. Your system may already have CD/DVD burning software such as "Brasero, K3B, Nero, CDBurnerXP or Roxio". Once you have burned your chosen "iso" image of Ubuntu to your DVD, you will need to leave the DVD in the DVD drive and reboot your system. As your computer reboots, you will need to press the appropriate key to access your system's BIOS settings. On many systems this key will be "F8", "F11" or "F12". Most systems will display the a message indicating which key needs to be pressed. Once you have access to your BIOS settings, you will need to modify the boot order of your system to boot from CD/DVD first. Once you have made this change, you can reboot your system and follow the Instructions below.

Initial loading screen

After a short while you will see the following loading screen signifying that Ubuntu 13.10 is Loading.

Ubuntu 13.10 Start Screen

Welcome Screen

At the welcome screen you can choose to Try Ubuntu 13.10 or Install Ubuntu 13.10. If you choose the "Try" option, you can try Ubuntu without actually installing anything to your hard drive.

Ubuntu 13.10 Install or Try First

Preparing to Install Ubuntu 13.10

This screen reminds us that we need at least 5.9GB of available disk space and that you have an active internet connection. From this screen I would also select the option to install "third party software".

Prepare to Install Ubuntu 13.10

Installation Type

From this screen you need to choose your options for installation. In this example, I am installing to a clean disk with no other operating systems. If you do have another operating system, Ubuntu should find this and give you some further options. In this example I have chosen to "Erase Disk" and install Ubuntu. I have also Selected the LVM Option as this will allow you to add additional disk at a later date if needed. (see LVM Guide)

Ubuntu Installation Type

Select your Location

Select your current location. This will also be used for setting your system time. Your location should automatically be found. If your location is not automatically found, simply type your location into the box.

Ubuntu Current Location

Keyboard layout and Settings

Select your Keyboard settings. In the example I have chosen English UK. You can try your keyboard settings out by typing in the test area provided.

Ubuntu Keyboard Settings

Who are you?

At this screen you need to define your userid, password and give your computer a name. Select the option for "require my password" as extra security (default option).

Ubuntu 13.10 User Settings

Ubuntu One Account - Create - Login

From this screen you can supply your Ubuntu One account if you have an existing account or create a new account. Ubuntu One can be used for backing up your files or syncing files between multiple computers or devices. If you don't already have an account, I would sign up for free storage. You may of course sign up at a later date in time.

Ubuntu One Account Create - Login

Welcome to Ubuntu

The next phase is the installation of your operating system. Here your user accounts, time zone settings and various packages are installed along with the GRUB 2 bootloader.

Ubuntu installing Operating System

Installation Complete

Installation has now completed successfully. You will now need to restart your computer. Please remove your installation media from your drive!

Ubuntu Installation Complete

Login Screen

If all has been successful, you should now see a login screen where you must enter your account details you created earlier.

Ubuntu 13.10 Login Screen

Ubuntu Desktop

Congratulations, you have successfully installed Ubuntu 13.10. If you have any issues with Ubuntu, you can often find solutions from the official Ubuntu forum Ask Ubuntu

Ubuntu Desktop with Unity