Installing Ubuntu 13.10

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Fresh Install

To do a new installation, insert the DVD included in this issue into the drive with the DVD label showing the appropriate architecture for your system (either 32-bit or 64-bit) and then turn off the computer. Turn it back on and immediately hold down the Shift key to get to the Ubuntu boot menu. Here, you can make a language selection using the F keys to set language, keymap, and boot parameters.

Press F6 (Other Options ) on the Ubuntu boot menu so that you do not land on the Ubuntu desktop. The window has a Boot Options line at the bottom (Figure 3). Enter the boot options mentioned here instead of the default ones quiet splash . The nomodest , radeon.modeset , nvidia.modeset=0 or nouveau.modeset=0 options help if you have graphics problems and the screen stays black. The acpi=off boot option fixes power management problems on older computers.

Figure 3: If booting doesn't work, adjust the boot options in the Ubuntu boot menu.

Ubuntu on Trial

If you do not want to Install Ubuntu right away, you can Try Ubuntu without installing . In so-called Live mode, Ubuntu copies only the necessary programs into memory and executes them from there. Booting takes noticeably longer than the installed version, and the system as a whole is a bit slower, but you can test Ubuntu 13.10 with little risk. Also, you can look at the bundled applications to see whether Ubuntu supports your hardware (printers, scanners, wireless, and graphics cards). Ubuntu 13.10 loads only the 3D version of the Unity desktop and uses LLVMpipe for slower machines, creating sluggish responses on some older computers (cause for a recommended desktop replacement).

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