Now that you have tried Linux from the live USB mode and are going ahead installing Linux on your hardware – do the following:
1. If you use Outlook as your mail client, install Thunderbird and import your Outlook’s data in Thunderbird and backup the Thunderbird data. When you start Thunderbird for the first time, it will automatically ask you to import the data from Outlook. Thunderbird data is located by default in your Appdata folder (go to Start->Run and type %APPDATA%) and copy the ‘Thunderbird’ folder.
2. Take backup of All your data on an external drive (hard disk or pen drive)
3. Make sure you are connected to the internet (recommended, but not mandatory)
Now boot from your USB thumb drive and you will be welcomed with the following screen:
This time click on ‘Install Kubuntu’, you will come the language selection screen. Needless to say let the selection be ‘English’ and click on Continue
In the next screen you will be asked for choosing the keyboard layout – keep the default option unless you have reason to chose otherwise (US Keyboard)
Next you will be asked to select update options:
Tick the options as selected.
Normal Installation: This will install the operating system with all the required basic software like the one you saw on the live image installed (Libreoffice etc.)
Download Updates After Installation: This helps in updating the system through internet and saves time at a later stage.
“Install Third Party Software for graphics …”: This will install any proprietary drivers if required.
If you select the Third Party Software for installation – you will be asked to enter a password for secure boot. Enter a password – this will be asked only once when you reboot the system.
Once you are done, click on continue and you will be greeted with this screen:
You will get the first screen if you have a blank hard disk (new system) if you have any OS installed in your system, then you will get the second screen.
Click on ‘Guided – Use Entire Disk’, ‘Guided – resize’ is not recommended as it is a bit advanced (Dual boot with your existing OS) and you might run into problem if you don’t know what you are doing.
You will get a warning that the hard disk will be erased. Click on Install to continue.
Now you need to select your country (Time Zone) – select your time zone and click continue.
Next you need to create a user and give your computer a name for identification over the network. Please give a strong password – it is not recommend to use your system without a password.
Installation will continue and once it completes (normally 5 to 10 minutes, depending on your internet speed)
Remove your USB drive when asked and press enter to be greeted with the Log-in screen.
Enter your password to login.
Once you login, first thing you need to do is update the system, in case there is anything left to be updated.
To update the system – click on the menu button and click on Discover.
Click on the Update button (on the bottom left)
And click on Update all.
You need to provide your password to continue with the password.
This will take a while as the updates will be downloaded from the internet.
Once the update has completed – lets assume you want to install a software to the system.
Unlike Windows you need to go to internet and search for the software. Open Discover (if not already open) and go to application and type the name of the software (gimp in the following screenshot) in the search box and click on install.
This time also you need to give your password again. This is a security feature inherent to Linux – anyone can not install anything on your system or tamper with it, just because you give him or her access to it!
Now if you want a more ‘Windows’ like menu right click on the menu icon and select ‘Show Alternatives’
and select ‘Application Menu’
Now the KDE menu will look similar to Windows Menu:
Do post your comments if you need any more help in this regard.
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