Category: ubuntu

Installing Ubuntu 18.04 for Dual Boot alongside Windows on seperate drives

Alright you’ve had it with Windows and their horrible, data thieving, privacy breaching ways. But you still want to be able to use it because of other reasons. Well you can dual boot – boot into the platform of your choosing with sperate drives, I will be showing you how to do this,

This is going to be a quick guide to installing Ubuntu 18.04 Desktop for Dual Boot on seperate drives

Quick Steps for your Dual Boot Ubuntu 18.04 and Windows Desktop on Seperate Drives

  1. Go to Download Ubuntu and click download Ubuntu desktop
  2. Go through this tutorial to create a bootable USB with windows, it was a bit tricky as some options were different from the screenshots. I went with MSDOS, master boot record.
  3. Make sure you have an empty drive at least 128gb for your ubuntu install.
  4. Plug in the usb and restart your computer. Press F2 or del to get into the bios and ensure you are booting with your usb. Sometimes this will happen automatically.
  5. Install it and make sure to allow third party software, I’ve had issues with not allowing it before.
  6. When it comes to that scary screen about your isntallation options the best thing to do is click manual.
  7. On your empty drive you want to put Ubuntu 18 on, it’ll be called sda or sdb, clear out existing partitions with-. Then add a parition for 300mb and change the type to Boot EFI this is the important part for the dual boot setup. Add another partition with + for the remaining amount of space you have and change the file system to ext4 and the mount point to /
  8. Now continue, set the timezone and everything should be swell.

How to install Ubuntu 16.04 and Automatically Install all my apps

How to install Ubuntu 16.04 and Automatically Install all my apps

I’m assuming this gets searched quite a lot. It is one thing installing ubuntu, but another hugely time consuming gig installing all the old applications that you like. Couple that with your configurations of .bashrc, application configs, editor configs and logins for apps and it becomes a seemingly impossible task.

But it’s not it can be done with an awesome tools known as ansible which will become known to you in due time. First off lets install it.

Remember this tutorial is just for a ffresh install of the Desktop ubuntu version, although the ansible script can be modified for a server. If you just want to upgrade your ubuntu 14.04 LTS server to Ubuntu 16,.04 check this out

Installing Ubuntu 16.04

  1. Download the desktop version of Ubuntu 16.04, it is a .iso.
  2. Get an empty USB Flash drive (2 gb or more) or clear an old one with ubuntu (Or use gparted it’s the best, see below)
  3. Get a PC ready either for a dual boot (Windows and Ubuntu) or just Ubuntu. I think the .iso we just downloaded has gparted – a utility to partition space to install operating systems – installed. Otherwise get gparted here. Clear enough free space for ubuntu (20gb should be ok) with gparted.
  4. On an ubuntu machine: Windows key -> Search for Startup disk Creator -> Open it -> Make a Startup disk with the ubuntu .iso Alternatively if you are on windows you can use Unetbootin to Install the iso onto a USB
  5. Get the pc you have cleared to install ubuntu on and plug in the startup/ bootable usb, make sure to select the drive of the USB to boot from
  6. Now say install ubuntu not try ubuntu without installing Unless you just want to try it
  7. It will prompt for your language choice, but this is a good time to connect to your wifi in the top right.
  8. Select your language and continue, then depending on your preference choose Download updates while installing ubuntu and Install third-party software for graphics and Wi-Fi hardware, Flash,MP3 and other Media
  9. Continue and wait a while…
  10. It will then ask the installation type. Make your choice depending on if you want to dual boot and just want the new ubuntu or something else. You will need to make some swap space available for memory if you choose something else, use this guide on the manual ubuntu partitioning. (I changedto install alongside, because I got an error with the manual method, I also didn’t connect to the wifi)
  11. Next select your timezone/city then your keyboard layout
  12. Next your name (this is used as the name of your home folder /home/surfer190 so make sure it is lower case and simple. Choose a password and continue. You can enrypt your home folder if you aren’t the only user on the pc.
  13. Install then completes, Woohoo fresh install

Customisation and Automatically Install all my apps

First thing I noticed was the unnatural scrolling direction of the two-finger scroll on the touchpad.