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Install Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Long Term Support) - What's New in this release

One of the first things you may notice during the installation is that there is no mention of "UbuntuOne", Canonical's File synchronisation software. UbuntuOne will no longer be supported from version 14.04 onwards and will cease to function from around June 2014 for all other versions of Ubuntu.

Application Menus can now be modified so that the toolbar is displayed within the current window. This is now configured from the "system settings appearance" section. The default is to show the tool bar within the very top menu panel.

Minimise on Click is now available, however, you will need to install the CCSM (Compiz Config Setting Manager - see Unity Launcher section and look for "minimise on Click").

There are twelve new Ubuntu Wallpapers to choose from.

As this is the LTS version of Ubuntu, only the latest stable versions of software are included. These include Firefox, Thunderbird Mail, Rhythmbox, gedit etc.. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is supported for five years.

Installing Ubuntu Linux (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS - Trusty Tahr)

Ubuntu has now become one of the most popular Linux distributions available for the desktop (images are also available for tablets and smart 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 14.04 LTS comes complete with a built in email client Thunder Bird, Music Manager software (Rhythmbox) 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 14.04, simply download the image that matches your processor type (32bit - 64bit) from the link: Download Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Once you have downloaded the relevant "iso" image that matches your systems architecture (32bit/64bit), you will need to burn this image to a DVD. For software that can do this, search for "dvd iso burning software" in the search box above. Your computer 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.

Welcome Screen

From the Welcome Screen you have the options of trying out Ubuntu first before installing. If you choose the "Try" option, you can try Ubuntu without installing anything to your hard drive. To install Ubuntu to your hard disk, choose the install option. Also from this screen you can specify the language to be used throughout the installation. In this example English has been chosen.

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Welcome Screen

Preparing to Install Ubuntu 14.04

Here you are reminded of the minimum space that is needed for this installation. You will also need a connection to the internet. You can also choose to install "third party software" (recommended).

Preparing to Install Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Installation Type

From this screen you must choose your options for installation. In this example, I am installing to an empty disk with no other operating systems or data present. If you do have another operating system, Ubuntu should find this and give you further options. In this example I have chosen the option "Erase Disk and install Ubuntu". I have also Selected the LVM Option as this makes the adding of additional disk at a later date easier to manage. It is not necessary to choose this option. (For more information regarding LVM see LVM Guide)

Select Ubuntu Installation Type

Where are you?

From this screen select your current location. This setting will be used for your system time. Your location should automatically be found. If your location is not automatically found, simply type your location into the search box.

Ubuntu Select Current Location

Keyboard Layout

From this screen you have to select your keyboard settings/layout. In this example I have chosen "English (UK). You can also try your keyboard settings out by typing into the test area provided.

Ubuntu Keyboard Layout Settings

Who are you?

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

Who are you

Welcome to Ubuntu 14.04

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. Progress is indicated along the bottom of the screen. You will also see a quick slide presentation of some of the new features and software that come with this edition of Ubuntu.

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Installation Progress

Installation Complete

Congratulations, your installation has now completed successfully. You will now need to restart your computer. Please remove any installation media from your drive.

Ubuntu Installation Complete

Ubuntu Login Screen

You should now see a login screen where you must enter the account details you created earlier.

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Login Screen

Ubuntu Desktop

Congratulations, you have successfully installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. If you have any issues with Ubuntu, you can often find solutions and answers from the official Ubuntu forum Ask Ubuntu

Ubuntu Desktop with Unity