Ubuntu 16.04 – How to perform a new install


Hello World,

Today, we will have a quick look on how to perform a standard Ubuntu 16.04 installation.  This is one of our traditional posts when Ubuntu is about to release a new version.  The final version will be available in April 2016.  This post is based on alpha 2 version of Ubuntu 16.04.

We are not expecting a lot of changes in the setup procedure between previous versions or with the final release of Ubuntu 16.04.  However, we are expecting to see some changes in the User interface or applications that will be made available in the final release.  A good example would be the Ubuntu Software Center.   The current version looks old and messy and the gnome version will be defined as default in Ubuntu 16.04. The alpha version still ships the old version of Software center but you can already replace it and perform some tests with the new version…

Important Notes

  • We are using the alpha version of Ubuntu 16.04.  This should not be used in a production environment.
  • This post is used to demonstrate how to perform a fresh installation of Ubuntu 16.04. We are not covering the upgrade process.
  • The installation of Ubuntu has been performed as a virtual machine on an Hyper-V Server

Step by Step Installation Guide – Ubuntu 16.04 – Fresh Install

Let’s got and perform a basic installation of Ubuntu 16.04…

Step 0 – You first need to download the latest source files from ubuntu web site

Step 1 – When you have downloaded the iso, you can decide to burn the iso or to perform the install from a usb stick (preferred method).  When you are ready, you can start your installation process.

Step 2 – When you are ready, boot from the ubuntu iso; cd or usb stick and you should see the following screen


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Step 3 – in the Welcome Page, select the install ubuntu option


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Step 4 – In the preparing to install, you can simply press continue or you can tick the check-boxes to download the updates and codec (if you have internet connectivity)


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Step 5 – In the installation type, select your installation type.  When you have selected your options, Press Continue


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You might be prompt for a confirmation of the action you have just selected. Press Continue if you want to proceed with the suggested changes.


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Step 6 – In the Where are you ? page, the wizard will try to detect your location.  If this is not correct, locate your location on the map. Press Continue 


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Step 7 – In the keyboard layout, select your keyboard and Press Continue.


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Step 8 – In the Who are you ? page, provide the requested information (computername,username,password).  You can also decide to encrypt the disk if needed


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Step 10 – The installation process will start.  wait for completion


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Step 11 – When installation is complete, you will see the prompt asking you to reboot the machine


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Step 12 – After clicking the restart now button, you should see something like this


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Step 13 – After the system reboot, you should see familiar and sexy login page for your newly installed Ubuntu 16.04


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Final Notes

Voila, We are done. As you can see, the process has not changed since the previous releases.  This version still ship with the Unity 7.x version. I didn’t got the chance to try and play around with Unity 8.  I’ve tried once but my hardware was apparently not capable of running the Mir and Unity 8 desktop solution.  This would be the next step for us (and Canonical). We would start testing the Unity 8 Desktop and see how this works.  We would love to see also the convergence concept in action. We might be investing a little bit in new hardware to perform such tests.

In the coming weeks, you will see probably some more posts about Ubuntu. As explained in a previous post, we have a small customer that has decided to replace the Windows Vista machine with an Ubuntu machine.  We will try to record the possible challenges that such switch can introduce….

In our next posts, we will update our “popular” xrdp post and check that the process described for previous version is still working in Ubuntu 16.04.

Till next time

See ya

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