How to install Ubuntu
this series will show you how to install Ubuntu using the Windows installer, a CD-ROM or a USB Flash Drive.
How to install Ubuntu [Series]
This video is part 1 (of 6) of my 'How to install Ubuntu' series. In this video, I tell you what Ubuntu is, why you should consider installing it and how to find out whether your system can run Ubuntu. At the end of this video, you can select the method that you would like to use to install Ubuntu by clicking the one of the buttons below the video.
What is an Operating System?
An operating system is what makes your computer work. The core program of any computer, it's designed to run all your programs and manage all your hardware and software. Other examples of operating systems include Microsoft Windows, Macintosh OS X and Android.
What is Ubuntu?
Ubuntu is a free, open source operating system. A major update is released every six months for absolutely free so there’s always something new to look forward to.
Why should you install Ubuntu?
There are several reasons why you should install Ubuntu. It is secure, fast, accessible and compatible with many devices.
You can surf in safety with Ubuntu, confident that your files and data will stay protected. A built-in firewall and virus protection come by default, and if a potential threat appears, Ubuntu provides automatic security updates which you can install in a single click. You also get added security with AppArmor, which protects your important applications so attackers can’t access your system. Ubuntu helps you keep your private information private, so whether it’s accessing your bank account or sharing sensitive data with friends or colleagues, you’ll have peace of mind when you need it the most.
Ubuntu loads quickly on any computer, but naturally, it's even faster on newer machines. With no unnecessary programs and trial software slowing things down like in many other operating systems, booting up and opening a browser takes very little time at all. Ubuntu won’t grow sluggish over time. It’s fast and it generally stays fast.
Accessibility is definitely central to the Ubuntu philosophy. Ubuntu has been fully translated into 25 different languages and it also includes essential assistive technologies, which are completely free, just like the rest of the operating system and it's features.
Ubuntu also works brilliantly with a wide range of devices. With most devices, like mp3 players, cameras and printers, you can simply plug in the device and it’ll be up and running straight away without using any installation CDs. In addition, it’s compatible with some Windows programs. For instance, you can open, edit and share Microsoft Office documents very easily using the built-in office suite in Ubuntu.
Ubuntu can be installed alongside any of the operating systems that you currently have installed, including Windows, so you can install Ubuntu risk-free. If you don’t like it, you can simply go back to your previous operating system or uninstall Ubuntu altogether.
What are Ubuntu's Main Features?
Ubuntu has everything you need to browse the web quickly and safely. Mozilla Firefox comes as standard and you can choose alternative browsers like Google Chrome from the Ubuntu Software Centre.
Create professional documents, spreadsheets and presentations with Ubuntu. LibreOffice is easy to use, packed with the features you need. You can open, edit and share Microsoft Office documents using this quite.
Social and email:
Ubuntu has many apps for quick and easy communication. Empathy helps you integrate your chat accounts and with Evolution Mail, you can access your emails, address book and calendar. You can also use Skype to stay in touch with your friends, family and colleagues wherever you are.
Music and Mobile:
Play, create and edit mp3s, stream music to your PC or phone, buy music in the Ubuntu One Music Store or connect to Spotify and Last.fm.
Photos and videos:
Ubuntu has lots of apps to help you manage, edit and share your photos and videos with the world, whatever gadget you use to take them. With fantastic support for cameras and phones, you won’t need extra drivers to get up and running.
Ubuntu Software Centre:
The Ubuntu Software Centre gives you instant access to thousands of free and open-source applications. In addition, you can buy apps from some of the leading providers too. All the software is easy to find and install so you can have a customised desktop that suits you.
Ubuntu One is the personal cloud that brings your digital life together. With this, you can sync your files across all your Ubuntu or Windows computers; access your contacts, notes or bookmarks from anywhere; or stream your entire collection to your mobile phone. Ubuntu One helps you do it all.
Ubuntu's Minimum System Requirements