After downloading the ISO Image create a Flash Drive for the install. (See our guide on how to create a Flash Drive using Rufus).
After creating the Flash Drive we will start the installation process. You should look up on your system Manufacturer’s website on how to boot your system from Flash Drive.
Once your computer reboots into your USB drive, you’ll be ready to begin installing Kubuntu:
Boot your system with the Flash drive. You should be booted into the Kubuntu Live image.
Now you can either start the Kubuntu installer or try Kubuntu before installing. I prefer you try it before installing and if everything works, then you can go for the installation.
f you clicked on Try Kubuntu, then you should see the following window. If you like it, then click on the Install Kubuntu icon as marked on the screenshot below.
The Kubuntu installer should start. Now select your language and click on Continue.
Now select your keyboard layout and click on Continue.
Now you can either select Minimal installation to install minimal version of Kubuntu or Normal installation to install the full version of Kubuntu. You can also check Install third-party software for graphics and Wi-Fi hardware and additional media formats to install third part drivers and media codecs. It requires internet connectivity. Once you’re done, click on Continue.
Now you have to select one of the installation types as shown in the screenshot below. If you want to erase your entire hard drive and install Kubuntu, then select any of the marked options and click on Install Now.
If you want to manually partition your hard drive or do dual booting, then select Manual and click on Continue. This is what I will be showing in this article, as this is where most people new to Linux gets stuck.
You may have a partition table on your hard drive. If you don’t need them, you can click on New Partition Table… to create a new partition table.
You can also delete a few partitions to make room for your new Kubuntu installation. Keep in mind that deleting any partitions will wipe the data off of those partitions.
If you do decide to create a new partition table, then you should see the following prompt. Just click on Continue.
A new partition table should be created. Now select the free space and click on Add… to create a new partition.
If you have UEFI enabled motherboard, then create a EFI System Partition of about 512 MB of size first. If you have BIOS based motherboard, then you don’t need this partition. Just create a Root (/) partition instead and give it all the disk space you want.
Now create a Root (/) partition with the rest of the free space.
Finally, the partition table should look something like this. Now make sure your hard drive is selected on the Boot loader section and click on Install Now.
Now click on Continue.
Now select your timezone and click on Continue.
Now type in your user information and click on Continue.
The installation should start.
Once the installation is complete, you should see the following dialog box. Click on Restart Now. Your computer should reboot.
Once your computer boots, you should see the following login screen. Select your user and type in your login password and press <Enter>.
You should be logged into your Kubuntu 18.04 LTS operating system. Enjoy the power and beauty of KDE 5 Plasma desktop environment.
Now that your system is set up you should head to our customization page to learn how to customize your system to your taste.