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May 26, 2016updated 22 Sep 2016 12:06pm

How to install Linux

Multi-booting operating systems is becoming a popular way of getting access to different functions through the same hardware.

By Alexander Sword

Since different applications often require different operating systems, it can be useful to do what is called multi-booting. This allows more than one operating system to run on a single computer.

Ubuntu is a popular Linux operating system which brings together some of the main features of Linux. It is supposed to be secure out of the box, since permissions are highly restricted.

It is regularly updated and comes with a range of free software out of the box.

There are some big advantages to Linux, such as the free programmes, the ability to work on any hardware and the high emphasis placed on privacy. Since it is open source, users can modify the operating system if they need new functionality. This also allows a much higher degree of customisation of the system’s appearance and layout.

In the case of dual-booting Windows 10 and Ubuntu, there are several steps required.

The first step is to create a Ubuntu USB drive using a tool such as Universal USB Creator or Win32 Disk Imager, or to buy a USB drive with Ubuntu installed on it.

Next is shrinking the Windows 10 partition on the hard drive to make space for Ubuntu, since it will take a lot of disk space. This may not be required if the PC has a secondary hard drive already built in.

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With the USB drive plugged into the computer, the next step is to find the option to boot from the USB drive.

Once you have done this, you need to click the option to install Ubuntu through the icon on the desktop.

You will go through a range of options, such as choosing the keyboard layout and selecting the keyboard language.

Finally, you need to create a default user, choosing a username and password.

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