How I installed Ubuntu-Mate 16.04.1

The post is a walkthrough on how I installed Ubuntu-Mate 16.04.1… It wasn’t a very difficult process, but for those who are new to Linux, it may prove useful to you…

First, I downloaded the .iso image from Ubuntu Mate. I downloaded the 64-bit version, but I’m also using it on my Raspberry Pi 2, so I’ve downloaded it for that as well… I download it via torrent, to not suck up the paid for bandwidth by Ubuntu, plus I leave it available for a few days seeding to help the community… I followed the instructions here to create a microSD card to install with… (or on in the case of the Raspberry Pi)…

For the computer installations, I just plugged it in to my USB drive, and booted my computer up, and once in the graphical environment, I chose to Install Ubuntu-Mate…

Now, before I get into the nitty-gritty of the install choices and selections, let me tell you about my PC. I am currently using a Dell Inspiron 530 (Built in June 2008 – so a ‘Vista’ Machine that is 8 years old). It’s an Intel Core 2 Quad (Q6600) @ 2.4Ghz, with 8GB of Ram (max I can install). I added to it a Gigabit ethernet card, as well as an nVidia GeForce GTX650 video card. I also installed 2 Crucial 240GB SSDs that I use as my root and home folders. There is also an external USB BluRay drive. I will eventually build a new PC, but this works well for now!

But I digress…

In the install process, I selected to Download Updates, and to Install 3rd Party software by default. I then set up my hard drives by selected Something Else, and then configured my first SSD (sda) with 2 partitions, sda1 which is an 8GB swap partitions, and then the rest of that drive as an XFS partition (sda2) that mounts as the root (/) folder. I made the second drive an single XFS partition (sdb1) that mounts as the home folder (/home). I then set the boot loader to sda. I note this, because I swap these every new install (which basically means, when I install 16.10 in a few months, I will make sdb the swap and root partitions, and sda the home partition.) I do this to alleviate wear and tear on a single drive, as I do way more writing data to the home drive, than I do to the root partition.

Next, I select New York as my time zone, and English as my keyboard and language options. I then name my computer (musicalcoder), my username (chris), my password (password… just kidding) and then wait for the system to finish setting up my computer. After that, I reboot.

The first thing I do after rebooting is to update the video drivers. This is highly important for me, as I’m using a SEIKI 39″ 4K TV as my monitor, and it sets at 3840×2160, and the fonts are almost illegible until the nVidia driver is installed. After the driver install and reboot, my monitor looks beautiful! I do this, so that I have 4 distinct portions of my screen, and with Ubuntu-Mate, I’m able to use Ctrl-Alt-NumPad 1/3/7/9 to automatically move a window to the four quadrants of the screen, ‘maximized’ for that size (meaning each window is 1280×1024)

After that, I do my customizing! When Welcome comes up after my reboot, I turn on the Subscribe to Updates, so my Software Boutique always has the latest available! I set my background (which I’ll describe in a new post someday), and change my preferences to use Mutiny (which is a take on Ubuntu), since I have such a large monitor, that is ‘widescreen’, I like having the ‘task bar/icon bar’ on the left side of the screen. I then run my updates and get the latest versions of all my internal software.

That’s basically it. I’ll keep a ‘My Linux Rig’ post updated with everything I install, software-wise, but this is the actual installation of Ubuntu-Mate.

Thanks for stopping by and spending a moment of your precious time reading my musings, I do greatly appreciate it! I hope you find it useful! Leave any comments if you have questions about why I do what I do, or suggestions of what you would do differently!

Inspiration: The Show Must Go On – Queen
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