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Next, you need to decide if you want to include proprietary software, such as Adobe Flash, in your Ubuntu desktop. If you’re a free software purist, you’re going to say no to this option. I’m more of a pragmatist so I’m chose both to install it. In addition, at this point you need to choose if you want to download upgrades as you’re installing your new copy of Ubuntu. I usually choose yes, but if you have a slow Internet connection, you can skip this.
After this, you need to decide what you’re going to do with your hard drive. On a standalone PC you can either use your entire system or choose to have it dual-boot with Windows or some other operating system. In my experience, Ubuntu can live quite comfortably on the same PC as Windows XP, Windows 7, or any other version of Linux.
Since I’m installing Ubuntu on a VirtualBox virtual machine, I’m going to use the entire hard disk.