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Before Getting Started
Before installing Ubuntu GNOME, you need to do a very important step:
Back up your data and system!
If you are in doubt, contact the community.
Once your personal files have been backed up, you can confidently move forward with download and then install.
The first action you'll want to take is to enter into your BIOS. If you've never done this before, it can be achieved by pushing F2 Key or DEL Key or F10 Key while your computer is turning on. Lenovo has a special button to enter the bios that looks like an arrow with a curve in it. This may take a few tries, but one of the buttons will work.
Once you're in the BIOS, poke around a bit using the arrow keys to navigate, and the enter key to "click". Spend a little time looking around and search for things you don't understand.
The real thing you're looking for is the Boot Order. Before the install, you will need to change this so that your CD drive or USB drive is the first device to boot from.
Creating Installation Media
There are several ways to install Ubuntu GNOME, and each has its advantages. USB is faster than DVD. Either way should work provided your system supports booting from a USB drive if you follow these directions exactly. If either of these methods doesn't work, Please Contact Us!.
Creating a LiveDVD
Prerequisites for installation with a LiveDVD are:
A blank DVD-R or DVD-RW Note: you cannot use a CD, because they are not big enough.
- A computer that supports booting from a DVD. Most do, unless they don't have a DVD drive.
HOWTO Create a LiveCD/LiveDVD
Once you have burned the disc and changed your boot order (as described in BIOS), just put the disc in your drive, and reboot. Follow the guide of your choice from Final Install to complete the installation.
To create a LiveUsb
Prerequisites for installation with a LiveUSB are:
- A computer that supports booting from a USB (Check your bios).
- A USB drive of 2GB or more.
Your preferred Download of Ubuntu GNOME.
HOWTO Create a LiveUSB on Windows
HOWTO Create a LiveUSB on Mac OSX
Once you have created the LiveUSB and changed your boot order (as described in BIOS), just put the disc in your drive, and reboot. Follow the guide of your choice from Final Install to complete the installation.
For more information, please have a read at: Installing from USB.
Cross-grading from Ubuntu To Ubuntu GNOME
First, you install the Ubuntu GNOME desktop, and enable GDM.
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop^
- dpkg will prompt asking which display manager you want to use, select 'gdm'
Optionally, you can remove unneeded packages from Ubuntu.
sudo apt-get purge ubuntu-default-settings
sudo apt-get purge ubuntu-desktop
sudo apt-get autoremove
Basic or Auto Installation
This could be the easiest and shortest installation type. However, you should note that this will wipe any other system installed on the machine you are installing Ubuntu GNOME on.
Automatic Installation Details - Please Read: Basic Installation of Ubuntu GNOME
Side by Side
This is the ideal type of install for the user who wants to be able to switch between Ubuntu GNOME and their existing OS at startup.
Side by Side Installation Details - Please Read: Side by Side Installation of Ubuntu GNOME
This is the most customizable type of installation. It gives you more control over the installation process but a basic knowledge of Ubuntu Partitioning is required - also see HOWTO use Manual Partitioning during Installation. It is not a rocket science, yet you need to proceed with caution. In another word, you need to know what you're doing. There are lots of information on the internet (videos, HOWTOs, articles, etc).
Manual Installation Details - Please Read: Manual Installation of Ubuntu GNOME
To install with accessibility options enabled, press F5 after you select your language and pick the options that you require. To use the speech installer, press CTRL + S after the disc has loaded. This will also enable GNOME screen reader on the installed system. Once your system is installed, the accessibility features can be re-enabled via the System Settings, in case you disable them by mistake.
For more information, see Accessibility
Refer to our HowTo section for ideas about what to do next.