Before planning the specific steps of an installation, you need to make decisions about the type of deployment you want to undertake. Computing needs dictate the type of hardware and software solutions required for a successful deployment, but before making the plunge, some fundamental questions need to have been asked and answered, such as, "How will you use Ubuntu?" You learn more about these issues in the sections that follow. These sections also include a table you can use as a pre-deployment planning checklist and some final advice for planning the installation. Also bear in mind that, in the words of the Scottish poet Robert (Rabbie) Burns, "the best laid plans o' mice and men, gang aft aglae" meaning that although you have planned carefully things can still go wrong. Having the information gathered as discussed in this chapter will allow you to react should things go slightly wrong.
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