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Install Ubuntu 15.04

Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet)

Ubuntu 15.04 Code Named "Vivid Vervet" is the latest release of Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu Linux is one of the most popular desktop distributions suited to both new and experienced users of Linux. Ubuntu 15.04 is the first version of Ubuntu to utilise the new systemd system that helps manage and start running services on a Linux system. With the latest release of Ubuntu 15.04 you get as standard the Firefox Web Browser, RhythmBox Music Manager, a Full Office suite - Libre Office. ThunderBird is the default email client provided. CD/DVD burning is provided by "Brasero", a popular media tool. Ubuntu 15.04 is now shipping with kernel version 3.19.0-15.

Installing Ubuntu Linux (Ubuntu 15.04 - Vivid Vervet)

To try Ubuntu 15.04, simply download the image that matches your processor type (32bit - 64bit) from the link below:

Download Ubuntu 15.04

Once you have downloaded the relevant "iso" image that matches your systems architecture (32 Bit or 64 Bit), 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 provided above. Your computer may already have CD/DVD burning software already installed such as "Brasero, K3B, Nero, CDBurnerXP or Roxio". Once you have burned your chosen "iso" image of Ubuntu to your Media, you will need to place your DVD into the DVD drive of the target system 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 a message indicating which key needs to be pressed. Once you have access to your system's 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. If you are installing into a Virtual environment, simply copy the "iso" image to the relevant location provided by your software.

Welcome Screen

Once your system has booted, you will be greeted with the welcome screen. From this screen you have the option of trying out Ubuntu first before installing. If you choose the "Try Ubuntu" option, you can try Ubuntu without installing anything to your systems hard drive. This option is useful as it allows you to test your wifi settings and the operating system before committing to an installation. To install Ubuntu Linux on to your hard drive, choose the option "Install Ubuntu". Also from the "Welcome Screen", you can specify the language to be used throughout your installation. In the example below "English" has been chosen.

Ubuntu 15.04 Welcome Screen

Preparing to Install Ubuntu 15.04

At this screen, you are reminded of the minimum space requirements that are needed for this installation. You should have at least 6.6 GB of available drive space and an active connection to the internet. You may also choose the option to install "third party software". This latter option is recommended as this will provide the necessary plugins/codecs for the playback of audio and video.

Preparing to Install Ubuntu 15.04

Installation Type

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

Ubuntu 15.04 Installation Type

Write the changes to disk?

Before you can continue with the installation, you have to confirm you are happy with changes that are going to be made to your disks. Click "Continue" or use the option "Go Back" to make any amendments.

Ubuntu 15.04 Confirm Disk Changes

Where are you?

From this screen you can specify your location. If you have an active internet connection, your location should be found automatically for you. This location setting will also be used for your system's time zone. If your location was not automatically found, or you wish to change the current location, simply type your new location into the search box provided.

Ubuntu 15.04 Geographic Location

Keyboard Layout

At this screen you can select your keyboard settings/layout. In this example I have chosen the keyboard layout "English (UK)". You can also try your keyboard settings by typing into the text box area below.

Ubuntu 15.04 Select Keyboard and Layout

Who are you?

At this screen you must enter some information to create a user and identify your computer on a network. You are asked to supply a user name and password. You must also provide a name for your computer (hostname). It is advisable to Select the option "require my password to login" as extra security (default option).

Ubuntu 15.04 Who are you?

Welcome to Ubuntu 15.04

This next phase is the actual installation of your new operating system. As the software is installed, progress is indicated along the bottom of the screen. A slide show will display some of the new features and software that are included within this release of Ubuntu.

Ubuntu 15.04 Installation Screen

Installation Complete

Congratulations, your Ubuntu 15.04 installation is now complete. You will now need to restart your computer to use your new installation. Please remove any installation media from your drives.

Ubuntu 15.04 Installation Complete

Ubuntu 15.04 Login Screen

Once your system has booted, you should be taken to a login screen similar to the one shown. At this screen you must enter the password for the user you created in the earlier steps.

Ubuntu 15.04 Login Screen

Ubuntu Unity Desktop

Congratulations, you have successfully installed Ubuntu 15.04. You are now at the Unity desktop. Initially, you will be displayed an image of some of the keyboard short cuts that are available to you. To access all your software, click on the Ubuntu logo in the upper left hand corner of the screen.

Ubuntu Unity Desktop