I Installed Ubuntu 18.04 LTS From Scratch in Two Hours

This evening, I did a clean install of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS in just a smidgen over two hours.

It took 2:05:58.81 from the time I sat down at my desk this evening to get Ubuntu up and running

That photo shows my Ubuntu desktop after it finished installing with my stopwatch in the foreground. I will even admit that I was going very slow and being extremely cautious. Installing Ubuntu is super easy, and I think anyone that can follow instructions can get it set up without any problems. The reason I did a clean install is that I felt like I corrupted my previous system in some way when I originally tried installing Corel AfterShot Pro 3. You can read this tutorial I just made that explains how to install AfterShot Pro 3 on Ubuntu step-by-step.

This brings me to my last point. Because installing FreeBSD seems a bit harder than I thought it would be at first (because most laptops aren’t fully compatible with the OS), I probably will not be installing it anytime soon. You can therefore ignore this post I made last week about switching to FreeBSD. Maybe some day I will learn how to use FreeBSD. I hope so, at least.

4 Replies to “I Installed Ubuntu 18.04 LTS From Scratch in Two Hours”

  1. This is unfortunate, FreeBSD is super easy to use and way more stable and solid. It might take you initially more than 2 hours to build it but you build it the way you want. It works on most hardware and laptops. There very few exceptions here and there and that applies for Linux as well. If you want something fast try ghostBSD which is FreeBSD pre-configured desktop.
    Anyway best luck with Ubuntu.

    1. Ram, I appreciate your comment. I really want to learn FreeBSD, but it probably isn’t something I should rush. I will keep my book and will probably come back to it sometime in 2019. When you say “it works on most hardware and laptops,” are you saying it is fully compatible on most laptops? Because this page https://wiki.freebsd.org/Laptops seems to indicate it is not fully compatible on most laptops, and finding a current model (I wanted to purchase new) turned out to be a difficult task. I will continue to monitor the aforementioned web page and do additional research. If there’s a current laptop model that is fully compatible, I would be happy to try it out with FreeBSD. I want everything — wireless, graphics, etc. — to work out of the box.

  2. Hi Nick
    I wouldn’t look at those pages. Most them are incomplete and not updated properly.
    I would try it myself. A simple way is to use http://nomadbsd.org. This will be installed on a USB memory stick and just boot the system from USB. Does not install anything on your disk or change your current os. It is written to auto detect your hardware. Give it ago and then whenever you want to play with FreeBSD you just boot the system from this USB. PS it is 11.2 or 11.1 based but you can update the system using freebsd-update.

    1. Thanks again for writing to me, Ram. It’s always refreshing to see someone knowledgeable give no-nonsense advice. All too often, experts like to show off their knowledge in any given field at the expense of alienating the very people they are trying to reach.

      I looked at NomadBSD’s website and it looks like a useful product. I, however, wanted the real thing (i.e. FreeBSD). I wonder if there’s anything FreeBSD can do on their end to make their OS more compatible on modern laptops. While they’re at it, they could even make their OS easier to install.

      As I’ve said before, I still want to install FreeBSD; I just need to make sure it is economically feasible to do so and carries little risk of failure.

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