Ubuntu Studio 14.04.3 Trusty Tahr LTS (Recommended)
This is the latest Long Term Support release which we will be supporting for 3 years. A new LTS is released every two years. Released in April 2014.
Checksums and alternative downloads at http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/trusty/release/
Ubuntu Studio 15.04 Vivid Vervet (supported only for 9 months)
This is the latest non-LTS release, and will only be supported for 9 months. Released in April 2015.
Checksums and alternative downloads at http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/vividrelease/
Try Ubuntu Studio before installing
The Ubuntu Studio ISO is a live image, which means you can boot it and use all the default Ubuntu Studio applications without actually installing it. Just burn a DVD, or make your USB stick bootable and try it out.
The minimum RAM memory requirement for Ubuntu Studio is 512 MB. It is highly recommended that you have 2GB, or more, as some applications use up a lot of RAM. You will also need at least 10GB of Hard Disk space.
Boot from DVD
- Download the image above. Burn it to DVD using your favorite software. Information on burning to CD/DVD can be found here.
- Make sure to set your BIOS to boot from CD/DVD. Information on troubleshooting booting from CD/DVD can be found here
- Boot from your newly burned DVD and follow instructions.
Boot from USB Stick
- Download the image above. Use software like unetbootin to create your bootable usb stick. (included in Debian/Ubuntu repositories). if using Universal USB Installer, use version 184.108.40.206 or above.
- Make sure to set your BIOS to boot from USB. Commonly, the usb stick is recognized as a bootable hard disk, and to boot from it, either set it first in the bios boot order, or find a way to select which device to boot from using a key command while starting the computer (Not all motherboards support booting from usb stick. Also, not all usb stick are bootable) more information
- Boot from your newly made bootable usb stick and follow instructions.
A fresh installation from DVD is the recommended installation method. The DVD image is about 2GB, and can either be burned to DVD, or used to make a usb stick bootable.
Check ISO for corruption using checksum
After downloading the ISO, make sure to check it for corruption. Several methods are avilable. We recommend using SHA256.
Go to the download directory, and use the command line program sha256sum.
The return should be identical to one of the checksums listed below the download links.
Read more about checking sha256 sums.
Using Wireless To Connect to the Internet While Installing
If you are using wireless to connect to the internet, you may first want to boot into the live system, connect to the internet and install from there. There is a starter for installing Ubuntu Studio in the menu.
Notes on partitioning and dual booting
If you are intending to dual boot (keeping more than one operating system on the same computer), you will need to know how to partition manually. Otherwise, the default option presented during the installation is the best choice (will overwrite everything on the hard disk). Information on dual booting can be found here