Elementary OS is a famous Linux distribution that is based on Ubuntu 12.04. Elementary OS has a GNOME Shell of its own called "Pantheon" that transforms Elementary OS into a reliable system. Elementary OS is ideal for less demanding tasks. For practical purposes, it is a very light system, which includes various software tools that are all designed to optimize the speed of the system.
In this guide, I am going to show you how to install Elementary OS on your computer by following a few easy steps. You need a bootable USB creator software to prepare the installation media of Elementary OS. For this task, I am going to use a utility software called "Rufus". Rufus is open-source software that was developed by Pete Batard. To use Rufus, first, you have to download Rufus setup from their website. You also need Elementary OS's ISO file. You can get this easily from the Elementary OS official website. Other than that, all you need is a USB stick to use as an installation media.
- Run Rufus and then drag and drop the ISO file onto it.
- Click on the "Start" button to start the process. Please see the picture above.
- Once the procedure is completed, don't eject the USB stick. Keep it plugged in as it is and restart your computer.
- Once we start with the installation the process is almost the same as the installation of any Ubuntu distro. After startup, a window will give you an option to select between Test Elementary OS or Install Elementary OS. You will have to select the 2nd option to install Elementary OS.
- On the next screen, it will tell you if you meet the requirements to install Elementary OS. You will also be able to select if you want to download updates during installation and install additional tools or not.
- Then you can select between Erase the disk and install Elementary OS or create a new partition to make it coexist with other operating systems already installed. For this guide, I am going to install Elementary OS on a new partition.
- After choosing the desired option, you have to select the drive which you want to install the operating system. After that, the system will start copying the files necessary for the installation. While the installation is being made, the wizard will ask you for your time zone, keyboard layout, and username.
Once the installation wizard is completed, you will only have to restart the computer, remove the USB stick that you have used for the installation and you are good to go.