Do you need to install Ubuntu on your Dell computer? There are a few things that you need to decide, and obtain, before you proceed with the guide below.
Note: If you install an operating system other than the one that shipped with your computer, then you do so at your own risk. Dell cannot certify that the hardware's compatibility, and we may not be able to support the computer in that configuration.
Dell does not supply most drivers for Ubuntu as all the required drivers are bundled into the operating system install media. That is why we recommend you verify that your computer is compatible with the installation version from Canonical.
Have you checked whether Canonical has certified your computer type for Ubuntu?
If not, then go to the Canonical site and check if your model has been tested by Canonical and is supported.
If you have verified that your computer is supported, go to the next step.
Note: Did your computer ship with Ubuntu? If not and you have an issue that requires Technical Support Assistance, you may be asked to restore your computer to default state. (including the operating system.) If that does not resolve the issue, then there would be limited support possible at that point.
Do you have a copy of the latest DVD or USB installation media from Canonical? These include the latest updates and fixes for this operating system.
You can download the appropriate Ubuntu ISO from Canonical .
The type or format of your storage media can affect how you go about installing Ubuntu on your computer. It matters whether you are installing on a new M2 card. On a standard SATA hard disk drive. On the same SATA hard disk drives in an Intel Matrix RAID configuration. Check that your computer's hardware allows you to make the kind of installation you need. Alternatively, read through the articles below to learn how to choose the right installation method for your computer hardware:
The difference between Legacy and Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) BIOS configurations can be the difference between a successful installation and a failure. Check out the linked articles below for more information about the subject:
Like any other operating system, Ubuntu is constantly looking to improve its usage and performance. The difference with Ubuntu is that you have two update options at any time:
The first is the most recent Long Term Support (LTS) release.
This update is available every two years and is fully supported by Canonical with updates for five years. It is considered a tested and stable build.
The second is the most recent Normal release.
This update is available every six months and is only supported by Canonical with updates for nine months. These normal releases are considered to be cutting-edge, but they can have issues. Testers and developers usually use these updates.