Linux: After a long wait, Ubuntu 10.10, Maverick Meerkat, is here. If you haven’t downloaded your copy of Ubuntu 10.10 yet, get the Desktop version from official website. Now lets move on to next step, that’s installing Ubuntu. There are 4 methods of installing Ubuntu on desktop computers.
Install Ubuntu from Bootable CD
Install Ubuntu in EXT3 partition of hard drive
Install Ubuntu using Wubi
Install Ubuntu from USB Stick
Now I am going to show you the installation of Ubuntu using Wubi on Windows machines. Wubi is a Ubuntu installer for Windows users that will bring you into the Linux world with a single click. Wubi allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other Windows application.
The install process can take care of formatting your hard drive partition for you. You might not yet have a spare partition to do this, so I’ve covered shrinking your existing Windows partition to make space for Ubuntu.
First you should download wubi.
Steps for installing Ubuntu by Wubi:
1. Run the Wubi application located inside Ubuntu folder. The application should ask permission to run at which point you wish to install Ubuntu.
2. Now select the second option “Install inside Windows“, another window will open with these options:
3. Choose the options from each drop down as per your needs.
Installation Drive: The partition of hard drive in which you want to install Ubuntu.
Installation Size : Size of the hard drive you wish to reserve for Ubuntu, 8GB or more is recommended.
Desktop Environment: Select one from Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Xubuntu etc.
Select Language : Default language for installation and running Ubuntu.
Username, Password: Provide a Username and Password for Ubuntu.
Now click on the “Install” button.
4. Now a window will opens which shows the installation progress of Ubuntu.
5. After this process will finish, a new window open which requests you to reboot your system for completing Ubuntu installation.
5. Select “Reboot Now” option and wait for the system reboot. Select Ubuntu from installed operating system list and press Enter.
Now Ubuntu installer finishing up the installation process. Here’s the first desktop screen shown after installation.
It’s your time now to test this new version of ubuntu. Feel free to ask your queries and give feedback using comment form below.