Continuing with the round of installations, today we have to publish about how to install Lubuntu 16.04. I recently bought a computer that is not very expensive, but more powerful than my little Acer Aspire One D250. If I hadn't bought a more reliable one, I would no doubt be using Lubuntu 16.04 as the operating system. Lubuntu uses LXDE as its graphical environment, which makes it a very lightweight system that works especially well on somewhat limited computers. Along with Xubuntu, it is one of my recommendations when other systems do not work as well as we would like.
As we have done with the rest of the operating systems so far, in this small guide we will show you how to install Lubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus and os we will recommend some changes, although many of them we also recommend in other flavors of Ubuntu. Also, Lubuntu is not as customizable as other distributions, but something can always be done.
Table of Contents
Preliminary steps and requirements
- Although there is usually no problem, backup is recommended of all the important data that may happen.
- It will take a Pendrive 8G USB (persistent), 2GB (Live only) or a DVD to create the USB Bootable or the Live DVD from where we will install the system.
- If you choose the recommended option to create a Bootable USB, in our article How to create a bootable Ubuntu USB from Mac and Windows you have several options that explain how to create it.
- If you have not done it before, you will need to enter the BIOS and change the order of startup units. It is recommended that you first read the USB, then the CD and then the hard disk (Floppy).
- To be safe, connect the computer by cable and not by Wi-Fi. I always say this, but it is because my computer is not well connected to Wi-Fi until I make some modifications. If I don't connect it with the cable, I get an error downloading the packages while installing.
How to install Lubuntu 16.04
- Once the USB Bootable or the Live CD has been inserted and started from one of them, we will enter the Lubuntu desktop, where you will see a shortcut that will launch the installation. We double click on it.
- The first thing we will see will be the installation language, which will allow us to see the installation in our language and, later, the system will be in the one we have chosen at this point. We choose the one we want and click on «Continue».
- If we have not connected to the Internet, in the next window it will tell us to do so. It's worth doing and it's worth it via cable, not Wi-Fi. I tell you that because, as I have said on different occasions, I have to make some adjustments so that my signal does not cut off.
- In the next window we can download third-party software, such as the one that will allow us to play MP3s, and updates while we install. I recommend checking both boxes, but more so to install the updates while the system is being installed. If we don't, there will be things that might not work, such as support for our language.
- The next point is one of the most important, but what we are going to do will depend on the situation of each one. If you don't have anything installed, something difficult but that may be worth it if, like me, you install it in a virtual machine, you will see an image exactly like the following one. If you have another system installed, you will see many more options: if you don't want to complicate things, it is best to choose the option to erase the entire disk and reinstall, update the system or, if you already had Windows, use the option to dual boot. From the "More options" option we can tell you where to install it, at the same time that we can create different partitions.
- Once the type of installation has been decided, we accept by clicking "Continue".
- We choose our area and click on «Continue».
- We choose the language of the keyboard and click on «Continue». If we do not know the layout of our keyboard, we can have it automatically detected for us, for which we will have to click on "Detect the layout of the keyboard" and press the keys that it asks for.
- One of the last steps will be to indicate our username and password. Once indicated, we click on «Continue».
- We wait.
- And finally, we click on «Restart».
As it is not as configurable a system as other Ubuntu flavors, the only advice that I would give in such a light distribution is to access the Lubuntu Software Center, enter the "Installed" tab and see what we want to remove. On the other hand, I would also install everything that I am going to use, such as GIMP, Shutter and Clementine.
Have you already tried it? What do you think?