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How to try out Ubuntu 20.10 early

Ubuntu 20.10, Groovy Gorilla is currently in the works as of writing this post. It is an STR and is expected to release in October 2020. You can take it for an early test drive! In this guide, we’ll show you how.

Get Ubuntu 20.10 build

Currently, the only way you can try Ubuntu 20.10 out early is by grabbing an ISO from the Ubuntu daily build service. To download, head over to the “current” folder on the Ubuntu CD image site.

Once you’ve made it to the “current” folder, you will see quite a few different files to download. Look around for groovy-desktop-amd64.iso, and click on it with the mouse. When you select this file with your mouse, an HTTP download will begin.

Sit back and wait a few minutes to grab the Ubuntu 20.10 ISO file. When the download process is complete, move on to the next section of the guide.

Creating a 20.10 USB installation medium

Ubuntu 20.10, like all versions of Ubuntu, must first be flashed to a USB stick before installation can begin. The reason? Ubuntu provides an operating system image, and that image (ISO) needs to be burnt to installation media that a PC can boot from. Thankfully, it is very easy to create a USB stick for installation purposes.

To start the creation process, head over to Etcher.io. Download the latest release of the app to your computer, install it and open it up. When the app is open, follow the step-by-step instructions below to create your Ubuntu 20.10 bootable USB installation medium.

Step 1: Locate the “Flash from file” button in the Etcher program, and click on it with the mouse. By clicking on this button, a pop-up window will appear. Browse for the groovy-desktop-amd64.iso file on your computer (likely in the Downloads folder) and select it to add it to Etcher.

Step 2: Plug in your USB flash drive into the USB port on your computer. Then, locate the “Select target” button with the mouse. The program should automatically select your USB flash drive as the device to flash to. If not, choose it in the menu.

Step 3: Locate the “Flash!” button and click on it with the mouse. By selecting this button, the flashing process will begin. Sit back, and allow Etcher to create your Ubuntu 20.10 USB installation medium. It could take a bit of time, especially if you have slow USB ports.

When the USB flashing process is complete, you will have a USB installation medium for Ubuntu 20.10. From here, reboot your computer and boot to your BIOS. Then, configure the system to boot from USB to access the Ubuntu 20.10 setup wizard.

Installing Ubuntu 20.10

Click on the “Install Ubuntu” button in the initial pop-up screen for the Ubuntu installer. By selecting this button, you will begin the Ubuntu installation.

After clicking on “Install Ubuntu,” the Ubuntu installation tool will ask you to choose a keyboard layout. Look through the list of choices and select the option that best matches your keyboard. Click “Continue” to move to the next page.

Past the keyboard layout page, Ubuntu asks what type of installation you would like. For the best results, select the “Normal installation” option. Otherwise, choose “Minimal installation.” Then, check “Install third-party software for graphics and Wi-Fi hardware and additional media formats.” Click “Continue” to move on.

On the next page, Ubuntu will ask how you want to format your new installation of Ubuntu. Select the “Erase disk and install Ubuntu” option for best results. Otherwise, if you are an expert, choose a different formatting method from the ones available. Click “Install Now” to move on to the next page.

After selecting the “Install” now button, the Ubuntu installation tool will bring you to the timezone selection window. This window displays a map of the entire world and all of the various timezones. Using your mouse, click on the location where you live. Doing so will tell Ubuntu how to set the clock on your machine. Alternatively, type in your location in the text box. Click on “Continue” when done to move to the next page.

Once you’ve set up the correct timezone for your Ubuntu 20.10 installation, you will be taken to the user creation page. On this page, you’ll see several different text boxes, including “Your name,” “Your computer’s name,” “Pick a username,” “Choose a password,” and “Confirm your password.” Fill out every one of these text boxes to configure your username, password, and computer’s LAN ID/Hostname. When done, click “Continue.”

With your username set up, Ubuntu will finish installing 20.10 on your computer system. This process will take about 20 minutes. When the process is complete, reboot the PC and load up Ubuntu 20.10!

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