These days, installing Linux is a piece of cake.
In addition to the traditional distros that install Linux to your hard drive, there are also several specialized distros that run directly from your optical drive, without making any permanent changes to the Windows install already …show more content…
It's as simple as ensuring that your mobo is set to boot from the optical drive and dropping the Ubuntu disc into the drive, then restarting your computer. When the PC boots, you'll be presented with the screen shown on the right. To start the install, just type "install" and press Enter.
Linux3.jpgSTEP 3: START THE INSTALL
Now the Ubuntu installer is going to collect some information about your systemthe language you want to use, the type of keyboard you have, and the kind of hardware in your system. You'll have to answer a few questions, but for the most part, this portion of the install doesn't require your input. Once the installer collects info about your hardware, and configures the network adapter, you'll need to assign a hostname. Your hostname can range from your actual name to something clever, like a character from your favorite book or TV show. Once you've selected a hostname, you'll proceed to disk partitioning.
Linux4.jpgSTEP 4: PARTITION YOUR DISK
This is the only truly dangerous part of installing Linux. Should you make a mistake here, you could conceivably erase the contents of your Windows drive, so pay attention and make sure you understand the process before you do