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Installing Ubuntu on a 10-Year-Old Dell Tower

December 16, 2019

Previously, I’ve installed Ubuntu on a 2015 MacBook Pro. Long story short, I reverted that computer back to its original OS and it’s currently with Catalina. No need to explain why I did that. It just is the right thing to do. I was just being stupid. Just like how I never thought about installing Ubuntu on an old Dell XPS tower that has been gathering dust at home. So I stopped being stupid and finally did the right things. I’m now writing this blog on my “new” Linux machine.

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It was good that I still have my USB stick containing the Ubuntu installer that I created when I was installing it on my Mac. Since the Dell computer was basically not functioning as a Windows machine, I basically just wiped out the old operating system. It was so easy. Now, I have a functioning computer that I can use to learn Linux.

There are a few things I did this time that I didn’t do before after installing Ubuntu (18.04) on a machine. There are a lot of blog posts on this. I referred to “Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 18.04 and 19.10” from It’s FOSS. Of course, I only picked the ones that I think I need for my desktop computer. As usual, I installed Git, Node.js, Chrome browser, the Vim editor, Visual Studio Code, and followed the instructions for setting up the development environment for Gatsby. I’ve also installed Jenkins to play with it. I hope to follow up on this post soon.