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How To Install Ubuntu 9.10 - Karmic Koala onto your PC
First, you need go pick up a copy of Ubuntu 9.10. If you're new to Linux, note that almost all Linux distributions are free. Therefore, you can get almost any distro off the internet.
PC (Intel x86) desktop CD Older PC's are usually 32 bit. If you know your computer is 32 bit, download this one.
64-bit PC (AMD64) desktop CD Newer PC's usually run on 64 bit processors. However, if you are not sure whether you have a 64-bit or a 32-bit, I recommend you use the 32 bit image.
Now that you have your image, it's time to burn it on a disc. I used a 4.7 GB DVD. The easiest way to burn an image onto a disc is to download ImgBurn, and then use that to burn it onto the disc. I'm assuming you know how to burn an image onto a disc, but if you don't, use this guide.
Now that you have your Ubuntu live DVD (Or CD), Insert the disc into your computer, and restart. If your computer booted from the disc, go to the next step. If it didn't, you need to set your computer's boot order. To do that, go to this link.
Once you boot from this disc, you should see a screen like this:
Use your arrow keys to select your language, then press enter to continue.
You have two options: Try Ubuntu without installing (you can still install it anytime) or you can jump to the installation. If you're reading this hub, the reason is most likely no other than you want to learn how to install it. So highlight "Install Ubuntu" and press enter.
Yay! Welcome to Ubuntu! Click forward.
Once you are at the above screen, use your mouse to select your time zone. Then press Forward.
You can usually skip this step, but if don't have a QWERTY keyboard, or you are not from the USA, take time to select your keyboard, then press Forward.
This is where I have to explain. Did I mention that you get to wipe off your previous operating system? Yay! Goodbye Windows! Hopefully you backed up your files! (If you didn't, you can exit the installer and back up your files first.) It is possible to dual boot Ubuntu and Windows, but if you are new to Linux, I wouldn't get into this just yet.... Press Forward.
I don't really need to explain this part. Enter what is asked for, then press Forward.
Once you have confirmed your settings, press Install.
Now let the installer do the work. It may take up to an hour or two.
When you get this message, click "Restart Now." This will eject the disc, and hopefully shut down. If it doesn't, pull the plug from your computer, and plug it back in. Then turn your computer back on, and make sure the disc isn't in your computer. Once Ubuntu boots up, you will be happily situated your Linux installation.
So what next? Hopefully your hardware works. If it doesn't, this might be a good time to learn how to use the terminal. It is a very important and popular part of any Linux distro. Good luck!