Installing Xubuntu

This article is a bit more detailed description of how I installed the Xubuntu mentioned in this article in section 2.3: Setting up a multi-boot of 5 Linux distributions.

So, let’s begin.

First of all, I like to disconnect the internet connection from the top-right corner of the Xubuntu panel in order to prevent the installer from downloading anything during the installation. That’s for speeding up the process in order to quickly see if the installation succeeds without errors. Nothing is more irritating than waiting for ages for the installation to finish only to see the installation fail because you had forgotten to put the boot flag to the EFI partition (like what happened in the other article mentioned above). However, I chose to install the third-party software.

And so the installation continued.

I got some kind of “Force UEFI installation” notification. I chose to “Continue in UEFI mode”. (Click the image to see it bigger)

Force UEFI installation notification

I used the ‘something else’ partitioning option.

Automatically mounting Work and Storage partitions

During the installation phase I assigned the system root mount point ( / ) to the Ext4 formatted partition /dev/sda4.

In order to automatically mount the Work and Storage partitions, I assigned these two extra mount points:

  1. /work — /dev/sda12 — About 25 GB EXT4 partition from the fast system SSD drive
  2. /storage — /dev/sdb1 — A large 3 TB NTFS hard disk partition

Naturally, it’s very important not to check that ‘Format the partition’ checkbox unless you’re very sure the partition doesn’t have any important files in it, like I had in /storage.

Assigning mount points for the main system installation location/root file system ( / in /dev/sda4), /work (in /dev/sda12) and /storage (in /dev/sdb1). /storage already had some files in it, so no formatting for that partition.

Furthermore, I wrote this article to tell you more about these partitions and how to make them afterwards if you didn’t make them in this installation phase. Also a little bit about the fstab (file systems table).

Temporary boot loader

For the ‘Device for boot loader installation’ section I will always choose /dev/sda in all of my distro installations.

I always put the installer boot loader temporarily to /dev/sda — it will be overruled by installing Refind boot manager later

It’s going to be used for the first boot but after that it’ll be overruled by installing the Refind boot manager.

After writing changes to the disk and finishing the rest of the installation and restarting I was taken instantly (no waiting in a boot loader or anything) to the Xubuntu login screen:

Login screen after Xubuntu installation

Here I wrote a bit more about the process of what I do after a Xubuntu installation: Setting up Xubuntu after installation.

Installing Xubuntu” by Manu Järvinen is licensed under CC BY 4.0