Introduction to installing Ubuntu on a mini PC

With Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) now released I thought I’d document a couple of features that are available and how to install the release both as a dual boot (e.g. along side Windows) and as an entire disk (single boot) installation.

Your starting point will be to download the official Ubuntu ISO ( and you will need the 64-bit desktop ISO (ubuntu-18.04-desktop-amd64.iso). Depending on your device it may be first be necessary to respin the ISO using my script in order to boot and install (for Intel Atom and Intel Apollo devices see ISOs for examples).

Once you have your ISO it is necessary to write it to an USB to create an installation USB often known as a LiveUSB as not only can you install Ubuntu from it but you can also run Ubuntu for diagnostic, testing and fixing and existing installation.

There are several ways to write the ISO to USB however I recommend using Rufus on Windows:

or dd on Linux:

dd if=ubuntu-18.04-desktop-amd64.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=4M

where ‘ubuntu-18.04-desktop-amd64.iso’ is your ISO and  ‘sdX’ is the USB drive using ‘ls -l /dev/disk/by-id/usb* | head -1 | sed “s?.*/??”‘ to determine this.

Typically you will either want to:

and I’ve written a post for each on my blog.

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