Linux is on its way to main-stream adoption. 2019 might finally end up being the year of the linux desktop. Microsoft as recently announced that it will include ship the full linux kernel in a update later this year. This is great news for the linux community as it will allow for developers using windows to also develop for linux environments.
For people who are unsure about linux, they can experience it without having to completely wiping there windows systems. They can enjoy linux by booting it from a USB. In this tutorial we are going to learn hot to boot linux from a USB.
We are going to boot Ubuntu (A popular distribution of Linux) from a USB.
- 4GB or larger USB Drive.
- Microsoft Windows XP or later
- Rufus, A free software used for making USB drive bootable.
- An Ubuntu ISO file, Download from here.
Downloading ISO File
- Download the Ubuntu ISO file from the website.
The download size will be around 1.85 GB.
- Download rufus from the website.
Making Bootable USB
- Open Rufus.
- Select USB drive in which you want to install Ubuntu.
- Select the ISO from using the Select button (Select the ISO file downloaded earlier).
- Then click on start. This will erase all data on the USB drive and install files necessary to boot ubuntu into the USB drive.
- Rufus will ask in what mode to write the image, Select ISO mode, and click OK.
It will take a couple of minutes for the process to complete.
Booting from USB drive
- Restart your system.
- Go to BIOS settings by pressing F10 or delete or F1(or any other key depending on system). This key is displayed at the start of the boot process. Press the key before the your operating system boots up
- Change Boot Order to bring your USB drive to top. You will need to change this back to original when you want to boot back into your original system
- If your system has a boot menu you can use it to boot from the USB drive without changing the boot order of the system permanently.
(In the attached image, we can access the boot menu py pressing F9)
By pressing F9, We enter the follow menu. We now select the USB Hard Drive 1.
Congrats You are booted into linux.
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