How to Install Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) Desktop

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to download and install the new Ubuntu 20.04 onto a new computer.

The new Ubuntu 20.04 ( Focal Fossa ) should be released tomorrow. 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.

If you’re a student or a new user, you will find out that the easiest place to start learning Linux is on Ubuntu Linux OS.

It’s a great Linux operating system for beginners.

Ubuntu is an open source Linux operating systems that runs on desktops, laptops, server and other device.

While learning Ubuntu, you will find that Linux isn’t so different than Windows and other operating systems in so many ways, especially when it comes to using the system to get work done.

Ubuntu 20.04 should be another major step forward and you’ll probably want to upgrade or install it the moment it’s available.

Here is a list of key software and versions released with 20.04:

  • Linux 5.4 kernel
  • GNOME 3.36
  • Firefox 75.0
  • Thunderbird 68.7.0
  • LibreOffice 6.4
  • Snap — replaces Ubuntu Software as default package management
  • Toolchain: glibc 2.31, rustc 1.41, GCC 9.3,Python 3.8.2, ruby 2.7.0, php 7.4, perl 5.30, golang 1.13, OpenJDK 11
  • New graphical boot splash (integrates with the system BIOS logo).

When you’re ready to install Ubuntu, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Download Ubuntu 20.04 ISO Image

Ubuntu 20.04 may only come in 64-bit so you’ll need a computer that supports 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 purchase it.

With your computer ready, go and download Ubuntu 20.04 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.

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 20.04 focal Fossa Desktop Install

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..

Ubuntu 20.04 focal Fossa Desktop Install

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 WiFi 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 20.04 focal Fossa Desktop Install

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 20.04 focal Fossa Desktop Install

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

Ubuntu 20.04 focal Fossa Desktop Install

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

Ubuntu 20.04 focal Fossa 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 20.04 focal Fossa Desktop Install

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.

Ubuntu 20.04 focal Fossa Desktop Install

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 20.04 install desktop

You’ll be prompted with the login screen after rebooting. Login with the credential created above.

Ubuntu 20.04 Desktop Install

You will have an opportunity to setup online accounts if you have any.

setup ubuntu 20.04

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.

Login and begin setting up your desktop and getting familiar with it.


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One Reply to “How to Install Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) Desktop”

  1. I burned Ubuntu onto a DVD and used Ubuntu’s install to install it onto a flash drive. I started it at 1:30 this morning and it’s now 2 pm and the install is still going. It took more than 7 minutes in my case

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