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How to test out Ubuntu 20.04 LTS early

20.04 is the upcoming Long Term Support release for Ubuntu. It is coming out in April. However, if you don’t feel like waiting till then to experience the new version, there’s a way to test it out early! Follow along to find out how!

Downloading 20.04 LTS

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is still in the testing phases. Since it is still in testing, you will not be able to get the latest release of it from the official Ubuntu download page. Instead, you must download it from the “daily build” page.

To go to the “daily build” page, click this link here. Then, once on the page, scroll down and locate the “focal-desktop-amd64.iso” file in the list. Click on “focal-desktop-amd64.iso” to instantly start downloading 20.04 LTS to your computer.

Alternatively, if you prefer to use the Linux terminal, use the wget command down below to start the download of the ISO from the command-line instantly.

wget https://cdimage.ubuntu.com/daily-live/current/focal-desktop-amd64.iso -O ~/Downloads/focal-desktop-amd64.iso

Making the 20.04 LTS USB

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, like every other version of Ubuntu Linux, is distributed via an ISO image. An ISO image cannot boot on a computer unless it is flashed to a USB stick. For this reason, we must demonstrate how to create a USB of 20.04 LTS before we can show you how to install the OS on your PC.

To start the USB creation process, you must download the Etcher tool. It is a simple tool that makes it very easy to flash ISO files onto USB sticks. It also works with SD cards.

To get the Etcher app, head over to its official website. Once Etcher is done downloading, install it on your system and open it up. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Locate the “Select image” button in the Etcher application and click on it with the mouse. Once the “Select image” button is clicked, an open-file dialog window will appear. Use it to locate the 20.04 LTS ISO file on your PC.

Step 2: Click on the “Select drive” button with the mouse. Then, use the Etcher UI to select the USB flash drive you want to flash the 20.04 LTS ISO to.

Step 3: Find the “Flash!” button and click on it with the mouse to start the flashing process. Please keep in mind that the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS ISO file is quite large, and flashing could take a bit of time. Be patient!

When the flashing process is complete, leave the 20.04 LTS USB plugged into your computer and reboot. Then, access the BIOS and configure it to load from USB to access the Ubuntu installer.

Installing Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Installing Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is very much the same as earlier versions of Ubuntu. To get it going on your PC, click on the “Install Ubuntu” button, and follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: The first thing to do when installing Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is to select your keyboard layout. On the “Keyboard layout” page, select your preferred keyboard layout. Then, click “Continue” to move to the next page.

Step 2: Following the keyboard layout, you must choose the type of installation of Ubuntu you’d like. For a slim installation, click on “Minimal installation.” For a full one, click on “Normal.”

Be sure to check the “Install third-party software for graphics and Wi-Fi hardware and additional media formats” if you require additional drivers in your 20.04 LTS installation.

Step 3: After you’ve chosen the type of installation, you must decide on how Ubuntu 20.04 will be partitioned on your PC. For a basic setup, click the “Erase disk and install Ubuntu” button.

Need to set up a dual-boot with Windows? Click the “Install alongside” option. Or, choose “Something else” if you are an Ubuntu expert and understand how to manually partition.

After making a decision, select “Install Now.”

Step 4: Once you’ve selected the partitioning type, you’ll move on to the “Where are you?” page. On this page, click on your country to set the timezone. Then, select “Continue” to move to the next page.

Step 5: After the “Where are you?” page, you’ll see a “Who are you?” page. On this page, the Ubuntu installer wants to know your name and your computer’s name (hostname). It also wants you to set up a username and password.

Fill out your name in the “Your name” box, and your computer’s name in the “Your computer’s name” box. Then, set up your username in “Pick a username,” and a password in the “choose a password” box.

When everything is filled out, click on the “Log in automatically” box or “Require my password to log in,” depending on your preferences. Then, select “Continue” to move to the next page.

After setting up your username, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS will set itself up on your PC. Sit back and wait for the process to complete. When it does, a message will appear on the screen. This message will tell you to reboot the system.

Upon rebooting, you will be using Ubuntu 20.04 LTS! Enjoy!

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