Beginner’s Guide: How To Install Ubuntu Linux 18.04 LTS

Two surprising things happened this year in my personal tech life. Dell’s XPS 13 laptopbecame my daily driver, finally pulling me away from Apple’s MacBook Pro. Then I ditched Windows 10 in favor of Ubuntu. Now I’ve gone down the Linux rabbit hole and become fascinated with the wealth of open source (and commercial!) software available, the speed and elegance of system updates and the surprising turn of events when it comes to gaming on Linux. I’ve also seen a rising interest in Linux inside my community, so I wanted to craft a guide to help you install Ubuntu on your PC of choice.

After you’ve done this, check out my guide to updating your graphics driver and playing Windows-only games on Steam for Linux!

This installation guide is targeted purely at beginners. I’m a relative beginner myself, so in between the steps we’ll explore why you’re doing what you’re doing rather than just listing instructions. If you’re a Linux pro and spot an error or want to suggest an improvement, please reach out to me on Twitter (@KillYourFM) and I’ll update this guide accordingly.

Ok, you’re here because you’re curious, so let’s chat about why you’d want to consider installing Ubuntu or any other flavor of Linux.

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