How to Install Ubuntu 18.10 ( Cosmic Cuttlefish ) Desktop

The new Ubuntu 18.10 ( Cosmic Cuttlefish ) should be released in a few weeks… When that day comes and you want to learn how to install it on your laptop or desktop computer, the steps below should be a great place to start…

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install the upcoming Ubuntu 18.10 version of thier laptop or desktop computers….. The below steps should also help you get Ubuntu updated after installing the new version….

Ubuntu 18.10 is continuing from version 18.04 where raft of improvements were introduced, including a return to GNOME Desktop environment, defaults to Xorg as graphics server, improved performance and many more additions…

Ubuntu 18.10 should be another major step forward and you’ll probably want to upgrade or install it the moment it’s available…To install Ubuntu 18.10, continue below:

Step 1: Download Ubuntu 18.10

Ubuntu 18.10 may only come in 64-bit so you’ll need a computer that support that arch… You’ll also want a computer or laptop that can boot from a CD/DVD or Flash drive as you’re going to be downloading the ISO image only…

There may be other means to get a physical disc or flash drive, but you may have to purchage it…

With your computer ready, go and download Ubuntu 18.10 ISO image from the link below, if you don’t have a physical source…. then burn the image onto a DVD disk or Flash Drive..

When using a Windows machines, you may right-click the ISO image and select Burn disc image as shown in the image below… then choose the DVD drive with a blank DVD disc to burn to…

To burn to a Flash Drive, you may have to take a different route.. there are programs that should be able to help do you do that..

Burn Ubuntu ISO disc

After burning the image, transfer the DVD or Flash Drive to the computer you want to install Ubuntu on…

Step 2: Boot Computer from DVD / Flash Drive

Now that the image is onto a DVD / Flash Drive, insert into the new computer and boot from it… Different computers have different ways of specifying where to boot from… find yours… most likely pressing a key when you turn your computer on… Esc, F2, F9, F12 , etc…

When the computer is booted from the DVD disc or Flash Drive, you should see the screen below…

Ubuntu 18.10 installation

Click the Install Ubuntu button to begin the installation… You could Try Ubuntu without making changes to your computer… but your goal is to install Ubuntu.. so click Install Ubuntu to continue..

Ubuntu 18.10 new setup

Next, select your Keyboard layout… Ubuntu installation picks US English Keyboard layout by default… this is a good place to change it if it’s not your default. Click Continue to move on..

The installation should be preparing to install Ubuntu packages… on this screen you’re given an option to Download updates while installing Ubuntu which saves time after the installation… and to install third-party software for graphics Wi-Fi devices and media codes..

You do not have to select these boxes.. However, if you have a stable and reliable Internet connection, you may want to select these options to download important packages while Ubuntu is being installed…..

Ubuntu install 18.10 desktop

On this screen is where you select the installation type… the first option to Erase disk and install Ubuntu is the easiest of them… This options deletes everything on the hard drive and install Ubuntu on it..

Option #2 Something else — is to perform a custom installation… for advanced users…

You can choose to encrypt Ubuntu and use other advanced settings… but for new users and students, select the first option to [ Erase disk and install Ubuntu ] and continue..

Ubuntu 18.10 desktop setup

Accept that the installation will erase the hard drive and install Ubuntu on it.. click Continue to move on.

ubuntu18.10 desktop

On this screen is where you choose your timezone… type a city name you live in and click Continue..

Ubuntu 18.10 desktop install

The next screen is where you type the first user account… Type your name, your username and password and choose whether you want to type a password to sign in always… when you’re done, click Continue.

ubuntu desktop

Wait for the installation to complete.. this should take about 7 mins depending on the speed of the computer… when the installation is done, you’ll be prompted to restart.

desktop 18.10 ubuntu

This is the last screen and the installation is complete… all you have to do is restart your computer, remove the disc from the drive and log back in..

ubuntu 18.10 desktop

After logging back into Ubuntu, your first task should be to update Ubuntu… press Ctrl — Alt — T on your keyboard open the terminal.. then run the commands below to update Ubuntu.

sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade && sudo apt autoremove

Restart once more and you should be set.

Step 3: Return to WebsiteForStudents for more tutorials

After installing Ubuntu, return to Website for Students (this website) for more tutorials on installing useful packages and software for your desktop and how to get the most out of it.


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  1. I attempted to install Ubuntu 18.04 on an old Asus board which had a working version of Ubuntu 17.04. From a DVD I only got text scrolling on the screen if I got anything. With a new HDD just to be sure, I installed Ubuntu 18.10 which loaded with no issues. Is there any idea where things went wrong. I went to hold on to the 18.04 version for a long as possible.

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