How to Install Ubuntu 21.04 Desktop

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This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to download and install the new Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) on their desktop or laptop computers.

The new Ubuntu 21.04 ( Hirsute Hippo) has just been released and it’s available to download from Ubuntu website. Unlike Ubuntu LTS versions, 21.04 is a short-term release version that will be supported with on-going core bug fixes, security patches, and select updates for 9 months.

After the support period, there will be no more new security patches and bug fixes. You must upgrade to the next short-term release version to continue receiving updates.

If you haven’t installed Ubuntu and want to learn how to do it on your laptop or desktop computer, the steps below should be a great place to start.

Students and new users will find 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 21.04 is another major step forward and you should upgrade if you haven’t already done so.

Here is a list of key software and features released with 21.04:

  • Linux kernel 5.11
  • Improved Active Directory support integration
  • Wayland is the default
  • Refreshed dark theme
  • New desktop icons extension
  • Rearrangeable app grid
  • Paginated app folders
  • Share Wi-Fi hotpots by Qr code

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

Step 1: Download Ubuntu 21.04 ISO

Ubuntu 21.04 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 21.04 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.

https://releases.ubuntu.com/21.04/

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 our goal is to install Ubuntu, so click Install Ubuntu to continue.

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 with the installation.

The installation should be preparing to install Ubuntu packages. On the screen below, 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.

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.

Click Install Now to begin installing Ubuntu.

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

On this screen is where you choose your time zone. Type a city name you live in and click Continue.

The next screen is where you type the first user account and create a name for the computer. 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.

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.

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..

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

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

After logging back into Ubuntu, your first task should be to update Ubuntu. After logging back in, you may see a prompt to install updates that are available.

If you done see a prompt, continue below update from the command line.

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.

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to install Ubuntu 21.04 on a desktop or laptop computer. If you find any error above, please use the comment for below to report.

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