Chapter 1.2 Booting the image

Now that you have the ISO file, you need to put the image on a media device and boot the image for installation.

This requires additional research on your own, as this varies depending on your hardware.

Choosing the media

In order to boot the image, you need to put it somewhere. You have three choices, depending on which image you downloaded:

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  • a DVD
  • a USB drive (2 GB or greater)

Writing/burning the image

Here are some common tools to burn images onto CDs/DVDs:
  • Brasero
  • Windows Disc Image Burner
  • InfraRecorder

Unfortunately, burning images to CDs or DVDs is beyond the scope of this manual. The Ubuntu website has several guides on this topic, and we recommend you read them if you plan on doing this.

Guides from the Ubuntu website:

For writing images to USB drives on Linux, we recommend mkusb, a tool developed by a Lubuntu team member.

Writing images to USB drives from macOS or Windows is beyond the scope of this book, but the Ubuntu website also has several guides on this:

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Booting the image

With your media inserted, reboot your computer. Depending on your hardware configuration, it may boot into the image right away, or you might need to press a key at startup for boot options. This varies but looking for documentation specific to your hardware will likely provide the answer.

You have now booted the image. Please continue to Chapter 1.3.