NOTE: This tutorial was created using the Ubuntu Desktop 16.04.1 LTS ISO.

Ubuntu is an easy to use Linux distribution for those who may just be starting out in the Linux world. This post will guide you through a simple installation of Ubuntu Desktop.

STEP 1
Download the Ubuntu Desktop ISO from the official Ubuntu download page:

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop

STEP 2
Burn the downloaded ISO image to a DVD or use the ISO image file with your virtualization software.

STEP 3
Boot from the DVD/ISO.

STEP 4
Click Install Ubuntu.

 

STEP 5
You will be presented with two choices, both of which are optional:

Download updates while installing Ubuntu - This option will run updates during the installation process. This may cause your installation to run longer but there won''t be as many updates to run post-installation.

Install third-party software... - This option may be necessary if you are using a laptop in order for your Wi-Fi card to work properly. It is also useful if you are using any other devices which require proprietary drivers or if you wish to listen to MP3s, watch Flash videos, or use other types of multimedia.

Make your selection(s) and click Continue.

STEP 6
We are about to enter the point of no return. If you have existing operating systems or files on your hard drive that you do not wish to use I strongly suggest backing them up now as proceeding further will cause any existing data to be lost.

Select Erase disk and install Ubuntu.

Click Install Now.

Click Continue.

STEP 7
Select your timezone and click Continue.

STEP 8
Select your keyboard layout and click Continue.

STEP 9
Now it''s time to create your user account. This account will have administrative privileges to the system.

Be sure Require my password to log in is selected. You can choose Log in automatically if you don''t mind sacrificing security.

For the purposes of this tutorial we will leave Encrypt my home folder unchecked. For additional security you can enable this feature now.

Click Continue.

STEP 10
Ubuntu will now begin installing. Sit back and relax, get some coffee, have a smoke, depending on the speed of your system this may take a while.

STEP 11
When the installation completes click Restart Now.

Ubuntu Desktop is now fully installed on your system! Log in and enjoy!