Ubuntu is one of the most user-friendly Linux in the world so far. Not only her Desktop edition is user-friendly but so her Server edition. The current version of Ubuntu Desktop and Server edition is 9.04 at the time of this writing.
9.04 stands for released on April 2009. The next version will be 9.10, that is October 2009. Normally, she will release new version on every April and October. However, there is an exceptional. It is 6.06 which is released on June 2006 due to delay of bugs fix.
I suggest you have at least a Pentium 4 CPU with 512MB RAM and 40GB hard drive. For the minimum hardware requirement, please see her official site.
You can also install it on VMWare, Linux KVM (Kernal based Virtual Machine) or VirtualBox. It is running flawlessly on them.
Installation of Ubuntu 9.04 Server
Now, I am going to talk about how to install Ubuntu Server 9.04. First of all, you should download Ubuntu 9.04 from her official site. Burn the .iso file as disk image with your disc burning software, such as Nero (in Windows) or K3b (in Linux). Please do not extract the files from the .iso or just burn the file directly on a CD-R.
I suggest to change the ext3 filesystem to ext4 as it is much faster and it will be the next generation of Linux default filesystem. Selects LVM on the entire disk when asking. You may ask for entering user name and password. Please use a more complicated password which should includes uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. In addition, it should be longer than 8 characters.
At the end of installation, you may asked to select some servers to install, such as LAMP, mail server, OpenSSH, virtual machine and etc. If you want to build a web server, I suggest you select LAMP, mail server and OpenSSH. I assumed you install LAMP, mail server and OpenSSH as it will be discussed in future tutorials of mine.
Make sure you are connecting to the internet while you are installing Ubuntu. The system will be reboot after the install.
That's all. See you!