Everyone seems to be loving the new release of Ubuntu i.e. Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex which launched yesterday.
It is a lot more secure and stable as compared to previous releases of Ubuntu. What I personally liked so far is the new 'Carry on a USB' feature which lets you download and install Ubuntu via a USB flash drive instead of burning it to a CD.
Here I have a little tutorial on how to install Ubuntu 8.10 via USB Flash Drive. I used the same tutorial to install Ubuntu on my Acer laptop without writing or burning it to a CD.
All you will be requiring is the Ubuntu 8.10 ISO which can be downloaded from http://ubuntu.com/ and a USB flash drive with at least 1GB of memory.
Here is what you need to do.
- Connect your USB flash drive to your PC and format it in FAT32 by right clicking it and selecting format.
- Download the Ubuntu 8.10 conversion script and execute it. A folder named Ubuntu810 shall be created.
- Place the Ubuntu 8.10 ISO in the Ubuntu810 folder.
- Select and run the Ubuntu810.bat file inside the Ubuntu810 folder and follow the onsreen instructions.
- Once the script has finished, restart your PC and set your BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from the USB device, save your changes and reboot.
If everything goes well, you should now be able to test the LiveCD version of Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex and even install it. This method is non-persistant so it won't save any changes you make while running Ubuntu in the LiveCD mode.
Thanks to PendriveLinux for the tutorial.