There has been a lot of talk about Ubuntu dropping the alternate installation ISO. I decided to do a run through of the install process using the mini/netinst.iso. For many of you that have used the alternate installation iso, most of this will be familiar.
On boot, you will be greeted with the option to:
- Command-line Install
- Advanced Options
For this run through, I’ll use the install option. Once you have selected the install type, you will see the language selection screen:
After selecting your preferred language, you will be asked to select your country.
Now that you’ve selected your country, you are given the option to automatically or manually detect your keyboard. In my case I chose to use the manual selection:
Next you’ll be asked to enter a hostname for your system, the default is ubuntu, in my case I set it to quantal:
After you’ve set the hostname, choose an Ubuntu archive mirror that is close to you. In my case I chose Canada:
You should now be shown the archive you will be using:
You will be asked to set up an HTTP proxy if you need one to access the outside world:
After automatically setting up your network connection, additional components are downloaded and installed:
Once the additional components have been downloaded and installed, you will be asked to create a user account, enter whatever name you’d like to use:
Then set a user name for your newly created account:
Next, you will be asked to create a password for your user:
Enter your password again:
You are now given the option to encrypt your home directory:
I chose not to create an encrypted home directory. You will be asked to confirm your time zone next:
Once you have confirmed your time zone, you will be taken to the partitioning portion of the installation:
If you select manual partitioning, you are offered some additional choices:
- Configure software Raid
- Configure Logical Volume Manager
- Configure Encrypted Volumes
- Configure ISCSI Volumes
In my case for this demonstration I selected Guided partitioning. You can see the process setup / and swap partitions:
The next screen asks you to confirm your partitioning scheme:
The next few screens show the packages being downloaded and installed. First the base system:
Then apt is setup:
After apt has been setup, you are asked how you would like to receive updates:
The next screen is a menu of installation choices. For this installation I chose the Ubuntu-desktop:
The process will now spend a few minutes creating a list of packages it needs to download. As you can see from the screenshot, 1182 packages need to be downloaded and installed. The estimated download time was fairly close. If you have something else that needs doing, now is a good time to do it.
Note: I pay for a 7.5Mbps internet connection, but typically according to speedtest.net my download speeds are about 15-18Mbps. Depending on your network connections download times will vary:
Once all the packages have been downloaded and installed, it’s time for grub to be installed:
As this is a fresh installation, and the only one on this system, grub will be installed to the MBR of the first hard drive:
We’re almost done, the last thing that needs to be done, is set the system clock:
Finally, reboot into your new system:
If every thing went the way it should, the first screen after boot, should be the login screen:
Login, and enjoy your newly installed system:
Hopefully this run through has put some of the fears to rest, that there isn’t an alternative to the Live CD when it comes to doing an installation.
If you run into any problems, feel free to log on to the U+1 (Quantal Quetzal) sub-forum, your problem may have already been solved.