Sunday, February 17, 2013

Welcome Back my Friend Ubuntu

Recently, I put Ubuntu on my laptop. This time, I chose to save my Windows partition in case I need Windows for anything. More for my own benefit than anyone else's, I'm going to put the steps here to install Ubuntu with a dual boot.

Step 1: Create a bootable USB stick (see Ubuntu guide for details).
Step 2: Defrag Windows (called 'Optimize' in Windows 8)
Step 3: Create a new partition in Windows using the Disk Management option (Computer > 'Manage' > 'Disk Management' (
Step 4: Restart the computer and go into BIOS mode (F12). Turn off Secure Boot option.
Step 5: Restart the computer and go into BIOS mode. Choose to boot from the USB.
Step 6: Test Ubuntu and see how it works for your computer.
Step 7: Install Ubuntu. When you get to the 'Installation Type' window, choose 'Something Else'. Add a swap partition (the size of your RAM) and then add a root partition (mounting point "/") for Ubuntu. (

And in case you are not sure how this is knitting or sewing related, how else do you think I do this blog? Also, look...

I'm installing Ubuntu while working on my next sewing project: my Minoru jacket.


  1. I'm so jealous of your big table. I trace on the floor and cut fabric on a board on my bed, it's back breaking!

    1. I usually use the floor, too (the table is usually half covered with random stuff). It did feel a lot better. Using the floor is almost like doing yoga with a sharp object in your hand!