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Installing edubuntu


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Guide to installing Edubuntu

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Installing edubuntu

  1. 1. ELDER Project
  2. 2.  Edubuntu is a derivative of the Ubuntu operating system designed for use in classrooms inside schools, homes and communities. It contains a multitude of educational tools, activities, and learning software – are available on Edubuntu!  Edubuntu also runs well on older/refurbished computers.
  3. 3. Create your Edubuntu USB Change your BIOS Settings Install on Computers!
  4. 4.  2 GB or Higher USB stick  Edubuntu ISO file ◦ (download here at: 10/release/edubuntu-10.10-dvd-i386.iso)  Download the Universal USB Creator ◦ (download here at: al-USB-Installer/Universal-USB-Installer.exe)  A Computer/Laptop!
  5. 5.  Download the ISO file first. Depending on your internet connection, this may take up to an hour or more. ◦ 10/release/edubuntu-10.10-dvd-i386.iso  Save the ISO file on your desktop.
  6. 6.  Download the Universal USB Creator ◦ (download here at: al-USB-Installer/Universal-USB-Installer.exe)  Save the file to your desktop  Run the File
  7. 7.  Click Run
  8. 8.  If the security dialogue appears, click run
  9. 9.  Click 'Browse' and open the downloaded ISO file which you saved on your desktop.
  10. 10.  Choose the USB drive and click 'Create‘  If you wish to have ONLY Edubuntu on your USB, check the “format” box
  11. 11.  Wait for your USB to finish!  When USB creator is complete, remove your USB.  Now, we are going to install Edubuntu side by side with Windows.
  12. 12.  What we are going to do install Edubuntu side-by-side with Windows  Please restart your computer
  13. 13.  Most newer computers can boot from USB. You should see a welcome screen prompting you to choose your language and giving you the option to install Ubuntu or try it from the CD.  If your computer does not automatically do so, you might need to edit the BIOS settings. Restart your computer, and watch for a message telling you which key to press to enter the BIOS setup. It will usually be one of F1, F2, DEL, ESC or F10. Press this key while your computer is booting to edit your BIOS settings.  An example of editing BIOS is as follows:
  14. 14.  Restart your computer. On the first screen that appears, look for a notice that will let you know the magic key you must press to enter the BIOS setup screen.  For example, this AWARD BIOS screen shows to hit DEL to enter setup:
  15. 15.  And this Dell BIOS screen shows to enter F2 to enter setup:
  16. 16.  Press the “magic key” before the notice disappears. (You have to act quickly or press the PAUSE key on the keyboard so the screen freezes and you have all the time to look for the notice and press the “magic key”. Most of the time the “magic key” is DEL, but sometimes it can be F2 or other. If you can't find it, you can press all the F keys until one works for you. This method is called by trial and error and it's a good way to learn things and gain experience in your life. You will know when you're in the BIOS setup when your screen changes into a blue or gray one with lots of options.
  17. 17.  Inside the BIOS, you will not be able to use your mouse to point and click on the menus; therefore, you have to move over the options using your keyboard (arrow keys). Read the keyboard shortcuts at the bottom of the screen so you know what you can do with your keyboard.  This screen shows the keyboard shortcuts available in one BIOS version:
  18. 18.  Look for the boot sequence options.  This screen shows the boot sequence options on one machine:
  19. 19.  If your computer has AWARD BIOS, move to the Advanced BIOS Features option and press ENTER. (If you don't have AWARD BIOS, then look for an option that says something like boot order or boot devices sequence.)
  20. 20.  Change the boot order using the PAGE UP and PAGE DOWN keys on your keyboard (read the keyboard shortcuts to find out which keys are for your BIOS screen.) The idea is to set the USB as the first boot device and the HARD DISK DRIVE as the second boot device, so when your computer starts, it looks for what's inside the USB and if it doesn't find a boot disk, then it will move on the hard drive and start Windows. It doesn't matter what the third boot device is; you can leave it as it is or disabled, just make sure that you set the HDD-0 as any of the devices or your computer will not boot into Windows when the Ubuntu USB is not in the drive. The options on your screen should look like this:  First Boot Device [USB]  Second Boot Device [HDD-0]  Third Boot Device [Disabled]
  21. 21.  Save the changes, exit the setup and restart your computer. Once you have changed the boot order, look for the keyboard shortcut that will let you save the changes and exit. Most of the time it will be the F10 key on your keyboard. When you're asked: “Save to CMOS and EXIT (Y/N)”:  you must press the Y letter on your keyboard and your computer will restart and start from the Ubuntu USB
  22. 22.  Restart your computer. You should see this screen. Choose to install Edubuntu.
  23. 23.  Follow the prompts till step 4  At step 4, choose “install them side by side, choosing between them at each startup”  Choose how much you want to “give” Edubuntu on your harddisk. I would recommend anything greater than 15 GB.  Proceed.
  24. 24.  Follow the prompts to completion.  Click “install” at the last step  Watch the slideshow explaining the different features on Edubuntu  When prompted to restart, restart
  25. 25.  Upon rebooting, your computer will now allow you to choose between edubuntu or Windows.
  26. 26.  Please email Michael Mak at