Installing the latest Ubuntu Linux: Ubuntu 11.10

Installing the latest Ubuntu Linux: Ubuntu 11.10

Summary: The latest version of the most popular desktop Linux of them all is ready to go. Here’s how your installation should go.

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  • The install program should also automatically pick out your keyboard. Remember how people have told you installing Linux is hard? It’s not. 

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    Now, come the “hard” part of the installation. You need to pick out a user name, password, and a system name.

  • You now get to have a cup of coffee while Ubuntu start installing itself to your system. 

Topics: Linux, Open Source, Operating Systems, Software

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  • RE: Installing the latest Ubuntu Linux: Ubuntu 11.10

    At least on screen 2, they took "Computer is plugged in" off the check list. As Bill Engvall (?) would say, "Here's your sign."

    Paul
    pfyearwood
    • "Computer is plugged in"

      @pfyearwood: That was for laptops. Issue closed.
      ALISON SMOCK
      • RE: Installing the latest Ubuntu Linux: Ubuntu 11.10

        @ALISON SMOCK Okay, mystery solved. No issue, just seemed self evident.
        Paul
        pfyearwood
    • RE: Installing the latest Ubuntu Linux: Ubuntu 11.10

      @pfyearwood
      That msg was a reminder for those installing on a laptop. More than one person forgot that their laptop was NOT plugged in and experienced a power down event during install.
      GreyGeek77
  • RE: Installing the latest Ubuntu Linux: Ubuntu 11.10

    Is it me or has the OS gone downhill?
    vahnx
    • RE: Installing the latest Ubuntu Linux: Ubuntu 11.10

      @vahnx in terms of what exactly?
      curtos
      • RE: Installing the latest Ubuntu Linux: Ubuntu 11.10

        @vahnx Yes a few specifics would be nice with that wide paint brush statement, or in this case question. IMO it has not gone downhill. It is more elegant and definitely easier to use than it has ever been.
        skudera@...
    • RE: Installing the latest Ubuntu Linux: Ubuntu 11.10

      @vahnx Just you
      Patrick Aupperle
    • RE: Installing the latest Ubuntu Linux: Ubuntu 11.10

      @vahnx I would agree with you. Apparently others don't, so I guess it's a matter of how you use your computer and what you consider good.

      I hate how Ubuntu and the Gnome Project seem to be obsessed with a Mac style desktop. Why would you copy something nobody wants to use? I understand the glitz and the attractive interface, but why go so far as making a desktop unusable beyond casual computing. I don't get it and they refuse to admit it. KDE did it and lost users to Gnome, and know Gnome is doing it and losing users to xfce, etc.
      varriform
      • RE: Installing the latest Ubuntu Linux: Ubuntu 11.10

        @varriform
        Have you tried KDE 4.5 or higher lately? Dolphin is ANYTHING BUT "unusable". It is the most powerful file manager in any DE on the planet. Ditto for the rest of KDE4.
        GreyGeek77
      • RE: Installing the latest Ubuntu Linux: Ubuntu 11.10

        @varriform Count me (and Linus!) with the Xfce users. But then, I went to Xubuntu before Unity came along.
        LeonBA
    • RE: Installing the latest Ubuntu Linux: Ubuntu 11.10

      @vahnx
      It's you!
      GreyGeek77
  • RE: Installing the latest Ubuntu Linux: Ubuntu 11.10

    Why is it that every time a new Ubuntu is released we get a piece on how to install it?
    30otnix
    • RE: Installing the latest Ubuntu Linux: Ubuntu 11.10

      @30otnix

      Because a certain troll (with the initials 'LD') will tell one and all that in order to use linux; <b>you have to compile it</b>.
      fatman65536
      • He suffers from that dreaded Microsoft disease.

        @fatman65536 ... It's called pervasive early onset shillitosis. I hear it's not curable and may be contagious to certain susceptible individuals. Poor man, it's believed to be genetically transmitted since about 1994 when Linux 1.0 was introduced.
        Joe.Smetona
    • RE: Installing the latest Ubuntu Linux: Ubuntu 11.10

      @30otnix I was wondering the same thing. I mean, it is not complex. I have it installed here (I know, but in my defence I did Mac OS X 10.7.2/iOS5 the overnight as well. I have Windows 8 installed - what can I tell you?)

      Does seem pretty weird as the install is so simple to do.
      Jeremy-UK
    • RE: Installing the latest Ubuntu Linux: Ubuntu 11.10

      @30otnix Because it is Ubuntu. It's almost always the first distro of a new linux user. And most Ubuntu users are new linux users. These kind of articles help new users take that first step.
      varriform
  • RE: Installing the latest Ubuntu Linux: Ubuntu 11.10

    I have been using the beta for a couple of weeks and I really like it. I am looking forward to upgrading to the full final release of Ocelot. I hope everyone who likes Ubuntu gives it a try, there is not much this time around not to like.
    telinux48
    • &quot;there is not much this time around not to like&quot;

      @telinux48: Hey, you're right!

      Unity is "not much"!!!

      ...and I don't like it!
      ALISON SMOCK
      • RE: Installing the latest Ubuntu Linux: Ubuntu 11.10

        @ALISON SMOCK

        You have your choice of interfaces. Unity is just the default. And once you get used to the idea that it's not identical to Gnome or Windows 7, it's really not that bad. You just have to look for certain things in places you're not used to looking. For instance, the "power button" symbol in the upper righthand corner actually presents a drop-down menu and System Settings is accessed from there instead of Administration.
        Rick_R