Friday, 21 November 2014

19 Ways To Install Linux

Posted by Gary Newell  |  at  23:58 2 comments

Introduction

This week I wrote a tutorial at About.com showing how to dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu.

I have written a number of installation guides over the past few years. On many occasions I have included the installation steps as part of the reviews but for trickier installs and for more recent reviews I have created separate guides.

This article lists all of the Linux installation tutorials and guides that I have created with a brief description of each one.

1. How To Dual Boot Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04



I have written a couple of guides about dual booting Windows 8 and Ubuntu. This is the updated version with extra steps incorporated for the 8.1 release of Windows.

The guide shows you:
  • how to backup Windows 8.1
  • how to create a bootable USB drive
  • how to shrink the Windows partition
  • how to turn off fast boot
  • how to turn off secure boot
  • how to install Ubuntu
  • how to use boot repair
  • how to fix the Windows 8 boot loader
I am about to update the guide once again as the process appears to be getting easier. One of the key updates in the new guide will be how to backup Windows 8.1.

I can no longer recommend using the native Microsoft backup and recovery tools. I have been let down by them too many times.

Instead I recommend following this guide for backing up all versions of Windows.

Click here to read how to dual boot Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu

2. Install Ubuntu Alongside Windows 8 In 10 Easy Steps

This was the original Ubuntu and Windows 8 dual boot guide.

The guide shows

  • how to backup Windows
  • how to shrink the Windows partition
  • how to create a bootable USB drive using UNetbootin
  • how to turn off fastboot and secureboot
  • how to install Ubuntu
  • how to partition the disk
  • how to run boot repair
Click here to read how to dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 8

3. How To Dual Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu

I created this guide as an alternative to the Linux Mint and Windows 7 dual boot guide which appears later in the list.

The guide shows
  • how to backup Windows 7
  • how to shrink the Windows partition
  • how to download Ubuntu
  • how to create a Ubuntu DVD
  • how to create a Ubuntu USB drive
  • how to install Ubuntu
  • how to partition the hard drive
There are full step by step instructions as well as screenshots

Click here to read how to dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7

4. How To Install Ubuntu and Minecraft On A Chromebook

I try to cover as many devices as I can get my hands on when writing installation guides.

I was lucky enough to get hold of a Chromebook and this guide provides the basic concepts for dual booting Ubuntu and ChromeOS on a Chromebook.

The guide shows you:

  • how to create recovery media
  • how to switch to developer mode
  • how to download Crouton
  • how to run Crouton
  • how to switch between Ubuntu and Chrome
  • how to install extra packages and Synaptic
  • how to install Minecraft
Click here to read how to dual boot Ubuntu and ChromeOS on a Chromebook

5. How To Install Ubuntu As A Virtual Machine In Windows

If you want to try Ubuntu out as a virtual machine then follow this guide.

There are step by step instructions and screenshots. At the time of writing there was an issue with Virtualbox which has now been resolved but the guide is still perfectly valid.

The guide shows
  • how to get VirtualBox
  • how to install VirtualBox
  • how to download Ubuntu
  • how to create a virtual machine
  • how to install Ubuntu
Click here to read how to install Ubuntu as a virtual machine within Windows

6. Upgrade Ubuntu From 13.04 To 13.10 When Dual Booting With Windows 8

Ubuntu 13.04 and 13.10 are both very much in the past but the guide works for upgrading from 13.10 to 14.04 and 14.04 to 14.10.

If you want to upgrade Ubuntu within a dual boot system this guide shows you how to do that.

The guide shows
  • how to backup Windows 
  • how to backup Ubuntu
  • how to upgrade Ubuntu
  • how to fix Grub
 Click here to read how to upgrade Ubuntu when dual booting with Windows 8

7. How To Install Linux Mint Alongside Windows 7


If you would like to try out Linux as a dual boot system then this guide shows how to install Linux Mint alongside Windows 7.

Linux Mint is one of the more popular Linux distributions because it has a very familiar look and feel and because it is easy to use.

The guide shows you
  • how to create Windows 7 recovery media
  • how to get Linux Mint
  • how to create a bootable Linux Mint DVD
  • how to make a bootable Linux Mint USB drive
  • how to boot into a Linux Mint live desktop
  • how to partition your hard drive
  • how to install Linux Mint
The guide has full step by step instructions incorporating screenshots for clarity.

Click here to read the Linux Mint and Windows 7 dual boot tutorial

8. How To Install Linux Mint Alongside OSX on the MacBook Air

This guide shows how to dual boot Linux Mint and OSX on a MacBook Air.

The guide shows you
  • how to backup the MacBook Air
  • how to get Linux Mint
  • how to create a bootable USB drive
  • how to partition the drive
  • how to boot into Linux Mint
  • how to install Linux Mint
  • how to fix the boot loader
  • how to fix the Grub menu
  • how to connect to the internet
As with the other guides this one comes with step by step instructions and screenshots.

Click here to read the Linux Mint and OSX dual boot tutorial

9. How to install Linux Mint As A Virtual Machine Using Windows

Virtual machines are a popular method for testing out distributions and Linux Mint is one of the more popular Linux distributions.

This guide shows how to install Linux Mint as a virtual machine using Virtualbox within Windows.

The guide includes:

  • how to get Oracle Virtualbox
  • how to download Linux Mint
  • how to install Virtualbox
  • how to create a virtual machine
  • how to install Linux Mint
Click here to read how to install Linux Mint As A Virtual Machine

10. How To Dual Boot Windows Vista and Linux



If you are still running Windows Vista then you might consider dual booting with Linux for a while before deciding on your next move (whether that will be a new Windows 8 computer or a full time switch to Linux).

This guide shows

  • how to create a bootable DVD and USB
  • how to backup Windows Vista
  • how to prepare your disk for installing Linux
  • how to install PCLinuxOS
There are screenshots to help you through each step.

Click here to read how to dual boot Windows Vista with PCLinuxOS

11. How To Dual Boot Windows XP and Linux

I wouldn't particularly recommend dual booting Windows XP and Linux anymore because Windows XP is out of support.

However if you want to do it, this guide shows how to dual boot PCLinuxOS and Windows XP.

The guide includes steps for:

  • how to create a bootable DVD and USB
  • how to backup Windows XP
  • how to prepare your disk for installing Linux
  • how to install PCLinuxOS
There are screenshots to help you through the installation process.

Click here to read how to dual boot Windows XP with PCLinuxOS

12. How To Replace Windows XP With Lubuntu



This tutorial is for those of you running Windows XP on an older computer.

Lubuntu is a great replacement for Windows XP and will be supported for a number of years to come.

This guide links to other tutorials which show how to create a live DVD and USB drive as well as step by step instructions for replacing Windows XP with Lubuntu.

Click here to read how to replace Windows XP with Lubuntu

13. How To Upgrade From Lubuntu 13.10 To 14.04

If you already have Lubuntu installed then this guide shows how to upgrade to the next version.

The guide shows you how to backup your system, how to update the system and how to upgrade.

You can use this guide for upgrading from 14.04 to 14.10 as well

Click here to read the Lubuntu upgrade tutorial

 

14. The Ultimate Ubuntu MATE Installation Guide


This guide shows how to install Ubuntu MATE.

In the main it shows the installation procedure one step at a time and includes screenshots.

The guide also links to other guides which show how to backup your computer and how to create a bootable DVD and USB drive.

Click here to read the Ubuntu MATE Installation Tutorial

15. How to replace your operating system with Zorin OS 9


This guide shows how to install Zorin OS 9 on a non-UEFI based computer.

As with the Ubuntu MATE tutorial it links to another guide showing how to create a bootable USB drive.

Click here to read the Zorin OS 9 Installation Tutorial

16. A Guide To Setting Up Makulu Linux In Virtualbox


Makulu has been one of the distributions of the year as far as I am concerned. It combines ease of use with a nice blend of pre-installed applications and some really amazing artwork not seen since Fuduntu disappeared.

This guide shows you how to set up Makulu Linux as a virtual machine.

Click here to read how to set up Makulu as a virtual machine

17. How To Install openSUSE


If you are looking for an alternative to the Debian and Ubuntu based distributions then it is worthwhile checking out openSUSE.

I spent a number of weeks during the middle of the year writing articles about the KDE version of openSUSE including posts about the KDE games, picture editing software, Kopete, Konqueror, Choqok, KMail, KTorrent and audio players.

This guide shows you:

  • how to download openSUSE
  • how to create a bootable DVD
  • how to create a bootable USB
  • how to install openSUSE
Click here to read how to install openSUSE

18. How To Install Peppermint Linux In 10 Easy Steps


Another great distribution for older machines, Peppermint Linux provides a way of integrating web applications into the desktop for a seamless experience.

This guide shows you:

  • how to download Peppermint OS
  • how to run a live DVD/USB
  • how to install Peppermint OS
The guide doesn't show how to create the live DVD and USB but it does link to another tutorial showing how to use UNetbootin to create a bootable USB.

There are full step by step instructions with screenshots.

Click here to read how to install Peppermint Linux

19. Installing And Booting Multiple Distros On A USB Drive


This guide shows how to use YUMI to create a USB drive with multiple live distributions installed on it.

The guide shows
  • how to get YUMI
  • how to add Linux distributions to a USB drive
Click here to read how to create a multiboot Linux USB drive

Summary

Number 20 is on its way and will be released sometime in the next fortnight.

Having all of the Linux installation tutorials listed in one place will hopefully make them easier for you to find.

Simply bookmark this page and every time I add a new installation tutorial I will add it to this list.

Thankyou for reading.






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Gary Newell started the Everyday Linux User blog in 2010 and has written reviews on dozens of different Linux based operating systems. He has also written a number of tutorials.

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