How to install Linux for new rig.
I have a new pc I am to build and I need an OS for it. However, I never used Linux and need help on how to install it for first time boot ups. Do I download the image and then move it to a drive? I do not have any CDs that can hold more than 1GB so I really need to get Linux to boot up from a flash/hard drive. Any help/tips are welcomed and very much appreciated.
Jakub1 said:I have a new pc I am to build and I need an OS for it. However, I never used Linux and need help on how to install it for first time boot ups. Do I download the image and then move it to a drive? I do not have any CDs that can hold more than 1GB so I really need to get Linux to boot up from a flash/hard drive. Any help/tips are welcomed and very much appreciated.
you will need to first download the appropriate version of ubuntu you want. Basically you need to know if it is an 32 bit or 64 bit processor.
Download the appropriate .iso
you will need a usb drive and access to a windows pc.
the instructions are here.
Jakub1 said:After that is done, and the file gets created on the usb stick, I can just plug it into the new rig and it will start the download for linux automatically?
No, it gives you a "live" bootable version which will have the option to install on the desktop or you can just try it out.
Jakub1 said:That is for the new rig I am to build though right? The whole live boot up and install process? I dont really want linux on the computer I will be installing on.
A live system means it's like a hard drive, you can run everything there and test it out. One of the programs is Install which will install the system to your hard drive. No, you don't even have to have a hard drive for it to work but it is not recommended to run off the flash as your normal system for long because USB flash drives have a limited number of input/outputs before failure can be expected, that isn't really what they are made for.
If you intend on putting windows on this computer do that first and add linux after either in it's own partition (it can do that for you) or install it in vmware or other virtual machine. If you install linux then windows windows will erase your linux start up whereas if you install linux after windows it will add windows to it's start up and you can dual boot, choose which you want to use at boot.