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There are numerous reasons why someone would use a virtual machine on his/her computer. One of the reasons is to actual learn an operating system. Another one and probably most common is to test things out before actually implementing in a production environment. For all geeks out there creating vms, docker containers and the likes it's actually a...hobby!

Let's start with a simple guide in order to install Ubuntu 20.10 Desktop Edition.

1. Go here and download Vmware Workstation 16 Trial [either for Windows or Linux]

2. Install Vmware Workstation 16 like any other software. When it requests for a serial you just skip and it triggers the 30-day trial period.

3. Download Ubuntu 20.10 Desktop Edition x64 from here .

4. Create a new virtual machine by going to: File>New Virtual Machine and select "Typical"

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5. Then click on "Browse" and select the iso you downloaded on previous step.

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6. On the next screen just name your virtual machine and choose a location to save the files related to that vm.

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7. Then specify disk capacity. In this case and mainly for beginners you can keep it 20GB which is enough for the installation. After gaining experience you can create a new virtual machine with more disk capacity.

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8. On the last page click on  "Customize Hardware" [You can just finish there but is better to fine tune some things which actually takes a couple of minutes]

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  • Click on "Printers" and Remove
  • Click on "Network Adapter" and choose "Bridged" then click ok and Finish


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10. After the above step the VM is created and started.

11. You will reach a screen that says Install Ubuntu just hit Enter or wait

12. Then you are welcomed by a screen in which you Click "Install"

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13. Then follow the following images:


Ubuntu20.10 scr08Choose keyboard layout

Ubuntu20.10 scr09Install Updates and Other software

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Erase disk and install Ubuntu [for beginners just leave as it is]

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Click continue to write on virtual disk

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Choose your location/timezone

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Fill your details

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Hit on "Restart Now"

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You will see the above screen.Hit Enter .


On the last screen after hitting enter the virtual machine restarts and after a while you are prompted for a password. In order to virtually remove the installation medium, You right-click left on the newly created vm and choose "Settings". Then you go on click on cd/dvd and deselect "Connect at power one" or select "use physical drive" instead of iso.

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After that step you have successfully installed a fresh copy of Ubuntu 20.10 Desktop edition. Enjoy!