How to Install Ubuntu Netbook Remix on SD Card

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Ubuntu is a free, open-source operating system (OS) designed to run on personal computers. The Ubuntu Netbook Remix, sometimes called the Ubuntu Netbook Edition, is a branch of the Ubuntu OS designed to run on small, low-powered computer notebooks called netbooks. Many netbooks have the option to boot from their built-in SD card slots. Running an OS from an SD card can be a good way to try out a new OS without altering your primary OS.

Things You'll Need

  • SD card (2 GB or larger)

Using Windows

  • Download the latest version of the Ubuntu Netbook Edition from the Ubuntu website using your Web browser (see Resources). Insert a blank SD card with at least 2 GB of free space into your computer's card reader.

  • Download the Universal-USB-Installer.exe from Pen Drive Linux (see Resources). This software is designed to streamline the creation of bootable SD cards and USB pen drives. Click "Run" when asked "Do you want to run or save this file?" If a security dialog box appears, confirm by clicking "Run." Read and select "I Agree" when the license agreement appears.

  • Select Ubuntu Netbook Edition from the first drop-down menu. Select "Browse" and open the downloaded Ubuntu Netbook Remix ISO file from the download folder under Step 2. Select the SD card mount location from the drop-down list, and click "Create" under Step 3. Wait until the dialog box appears saying the drive was created successfully.

  • Leave the SD card plugged in, and restart your computer. If the computer does not boot from the SD card, you may have to enter the BIOS settings and change the boot order of the drives on your computer.

Using Ubuntu

  • Download the latest version of the Ubuntu Netbook Remix from the Ubuntu website using your Web browser (see Resources). Insert a blank SD card with at least 2 GB of free space into your computer's card reader.

  • On the main Ubuntu menu, go to "System," select "Administration" and open "Startup Disk Creator." Under "Source disk image (.iso) or CD," select "Other" and navigate to the downloaded Ubuntu Netbook Edition ISO file. Select the file and click "Open." Select the SD card in the bottom box, and click "Make Startup Disk." Wait for a dialog box to appear saying the drive was created successfully.

  • Leave the SD card plugged in, and restart the computer. If the computer does not boot from the SD card, you may have to enter the BIOS settings and change the boot order on your computer.

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