In This Chapter
Following the installation steps
Checking Your PC’s hardware
Setting aside hard drive space for Linux
Trying the Ubuntu Live CD
Installing Linux on a flash drive
Most PCs come with Microsoft Windows pre-installed; if you want to use Linux, you usually have to install it.
You may feel a tad worried about installing a new operating system on your PC because it’s a bit like brain surgery — or, rather, more like grafting a new brain because you can install Linux in addition to Microsoft Windows. When you install two operating systems like that, you can choose to start one or the other as you power up the PC. The biggest headache in adding Linux to a PC with Windows is creating a new disk partition — basically setting aside a part of the hard drive for Linux. The rest of the installation is routine — just a matter of following the instructions. If you want to try any of the Live CDs, you don’t have to do any disk partitioning; just boot your ...