Creating a .iso disk so you can install ubuntu on a laptop or PC
- Go to ubuntu’s download site.
- Download the appropriate LTS version (the last time I used ubuntu-14.04.1-desktop-amd64 which is the LTS version first shown on the page. Be sure and use the i386 version if you have an old 32 bit laptop or PC.
- Place a DVD into the drive and burn the download .iso file to this DVD. I recently used the program ImgBurn to do this. It seems to work well.
- Now you boot off this .iso DVD and follow the instructions.
Creating a bootable USB drive.
This will allow you to go into the lab and boot off the usb drive into Ubuntu linix. When you are done be sure and shutdown so all the files are stored properly in the persistent storage.
- Run the Universal USB Installer Program. This can be found here
- Browse and select the latest ubuntu. In my case its ubuntu-14.04.1-desktop-amd64 which is the latest LTS (long term support version). If you are running on an older laptop or PC use the i386 version.
- Browse for and select your chosen USB Flash Drive.
- MAKE SURE you have chosen the right flash/external drive BEFORE you write the ISO image to it as ALL data will be lost when this process is completed!!!
- Write the ISO image to the flash drive, choosing if you wish (YOU DO) to have a persistent storage and if so how much memory to allocate for said storage. You are only allowed to select up to 4 gig so an 8 gig flash drive is all you really need.
- Restart your computer with the flash drive connected, boot to the flash drive, and enjoy your external USB Drive! Hope this helps you! You must press F12 early in the boot process to bring up the boot screen. Select run without installing.
Interesting programs to download.
- Code::Blocks. This is a nice software development system that feels somewhat like Visual Studio. Try it out. I develop most of my Linux programs here.
- virtual box. This is a virtual machine software system. Allows you to run multiple OS’s on one machine.