GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams
20190509 Many Gnu/Linux distributions have simplified installation procedures which include the auto-detection of available hardware and installation of appropriate drivers. A bootable USB drive will often boot your computer into a live GNU/Linux session without requiring installation. This allows the system to be tested without impact on any operating system already installed.
Similarly, We have seen in Chapter 4 the deployment of Ubuntu on a Windows 10 system with little effort.
Installation of Ubuntu is generally straightforward and can replace MS/Windows altogether or can be installed beside Windows (for a dual boot option). Another option is to install Ubuntu as a virtual machine within Windows' Hyper-V which also comes with Ubuntu available out-of-the-box. Running Ubuntu on virtual machines in the cloud (e.g., Azure, AWS, or GCP) is also popular.
Ubuntu installation instructions are available from Canonical at https://tutorials.ubuntu.com/tutorial/tutorial-install-ubuntu-desktop. Become familiar with the installation process—try it out once or twice—it doesn't hurt to practise!
In this chapter we review the installation process, first with a quick start, which may be all you need, and then with a more detailed guide. Examples of actual installations using a number of platforms are provided in Chapter 38.