Installation of Ubuntu 15.10 Server with Screenshots

Ubuntu 15.10 has been released and is now ready for installation. It comes with some good new features and so, let’s have a look at them:

  • LXD – the machine container hypervisor is now included by default. This means that every Ubuntu server can host guest containers
  • High performance networking
  • Kernel v4.2  which allows you using the latest server hardware and peripherals available from IBM, HP, Dell, and Intel
  • OpenStack Liberty
  • OpenvSwitch 2.3.x for improved virtual network capability
  • Added Docker v1.6.2

First thing you will need to in order to install Ubuntu 15.10 Server is download the .iso image from:

  1. Download Ubuntu 15.10 Server Edition

Installation of Ubuntu 15.10 Server

1. The first step is to prepare a Ubuntu 15.10 Server bootable media. You can choose to use to install the operating system from CD or bootable USB flash drive. For more information on how to achieve this can be found here:

  1. Create Live USB Ubuntu Bootable using Unetbootin

2. So once you are ready, it’s time to place your bootable media in the appropriate port/device and boot from it. You will see the installation splash scree, where you can initiate the installation of the OS:

Ubuntu 15.10 Server Splash Screen

Ubuntu 15.10 Server Splash Screen

3. For the purpose of this tutorial. select the first option “Install Ubuntu Server“. On the next screen, you can choose the language that will be used upon the installation. This language will also be the default one for your Ubuntu 15.10 server.

Select System Language

Select System Language

4. To select a language press “Enter“. Proceed to the next screen where you can select the location for your server.

The location that you select will be used for setting the correct time zone for your server and select system locale. In most cases this should be the country where you live.

Set Server Country Location

Set Server Country Location

5. On the next screen, the installer will ask you if you want it to detect your keyboard layout or if you want to choose it from a list of available options.

Usually the installer detects the keyboard pretty good and you may let it detect it. This is why I use “yes“. If you want to select the keyboard layout manually, press “No” so you can select from list of options.

Detect System Keyboard

Detect System Keyboard

6. If you have chosen “No“, this is the list of options you have:

Select Keyboard Layout

Select Keyboard Layout

Once you’ve made your choice, the installer will attempt to detect your hardware and load the needed components:

Loading Server Hardware Components

Loading Server Hardware Components

When it finishes, you will be able to select your server’s hostname:

Set Server Hostname

Set Server Hostname

7. After that you have to fill in user account details, starting with the user’s real name:

Set Server Real Name

Set Server Real Name

Followed by a username:

Create New User Account

Create New User Account

And a password (twice):

Set User Account Password

Set User Account Password

8. The installer will ask you if you want to encrypt the home directory of that user. In most cases this will not be necessary.

What this option does is to seamlessly mount your home directory every time you login and unmount it every time you logout. Unless you really need this feature, I recommend leaving it disabled:

Home Partition Encryption

Home Partition Encryption

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