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help me out (total newbie at linux)

byTesbyTes Member Posts: 5
hey i'm 14 and i have a craving for computers i am currently learning C and make various newbie programs. I heard from many ppl that Linux is awsome and im thinkin about getting it but one prob. How do u install it if u jsut want linux nothin else w/o any linux cd roms? please help me out
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-byTes

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  • Null and VoidNull and Void Member Posts: 1,202
    : I heard from many ppl that Linux is awsome and im thinkin about getting
    : it but one prob. How do u install it if u jsut want linux nothin else
    : w/o any linux cd roms? please help me out

    Uh, you don't want _just_ Linux, trust me ;). Linux is merely the kernel. The kernel isn't even enough to get you to a command line =P. What you want is a Linux distribution (Linux and a whole lot of software for it).

    Installing Linux off a CDROM is the easiest way, and I highly suggest it (burn/buy the CD, boot off it, and install). All the 'easy' distros are large enough where they won't fit on a floppy. But, if for some reason you cannot use a CDROM to install Linux, and you think you are capable of handling a more difficult installation, look into Debian (see http://www.debian.org/distrib/netinst), Tiny Linux (see http://tiny.seul.org/), or Slackware (if you have a zip drive, see http://www.slackware.com/zipslack/).
  • byTesbyTes Member Posts: 5
    hey thanks i'll try to jack a Linux CD from my friend =), by distruibtion u mean like RedHat and Mandrake and plenty others right?



    : : I heard from many ppl that Linux is awsome and im thinkin about getting
    : : it but one prob. How do u install it if u jsut want linux nothin else
    : : w/o any linux cd roms? please help me out
    :
    : Uh, you don't want _just_ Linux, trust me ;). Linux is merely the kernel. The kernel isn't even enough to get you to a command line =P. What you want is a Linux distribution (Linux and a whole lot of software for it).
    :
    : Installing Linux off a CDROM is the easiest way, and I highly suggest it (burn/buy the CD, boot off it, and install). All the 'easy' distros are large enough where they won't fit on a floppy. But, if for some reason you cannot use a CDROM to install Linux, and you think you are capable of handling a more difficult installation, look into Debian (see http://www.debian.org/distrib/netinst), Tiny Linux (see http://tiny.seul.org/), or Slackware (if you have a zip drive, see http://www.slackware.com/zipslack/).
    :

  • Null and VoidNull and Void Member Posts: 1,202
    : by distruibtion u mean like RedHat and Mandrake and plenty others right?

    Yeah. Mandrake and SuSE are known as two of the easier distro's, Red Hat's kind of in that category too. Debian, Slackware, and Gentoo are the popular harder distro's (even these distro's aren't hard for someone who's used Linux for a bit, but for new users who are't only trying to learn the details of Linux I wouldn't suggest them). It's completely legal to use most distro CDROM's to install the OS on multiple machines, which is another nice feature of Linux :).
  • byTesbyTes Member Posts: 5
    : : by distruibtion u mean like RedHat and Mandrake and plenty others right?
    :
    : Yeah. Mandrake and SuSE are known as two of the easier distro's, Red Hat's kind of in that category too. Debian, Slackware, and Gentoo are the popular harder distro's (even these distro's aren't hard for someone who's used Linux for a bit, but for new users who are't only trying to learn the details of Linux I wouldn't suggest them). It's completely legal to use most distro CDROM's to install the OS on multiple machines, which is another nice feature of Linux :).
    :

    Can i burn a copy of LINUX on a CD and install it? will it be the same i think that will be my last questiona and thank you for helpin me


  • Null and VoidNull and Void Member Posts: 1,202
    : Can i burn a copy of LINUX on a CD and install it?

    Yes. Many distro's (SuSE being the only exception I know of) have free downloads online. The downloads can often be found as ISO's at the websites of the company/group behind it, linuxiso.org, or tucows.com (although it's not advisable to download Debian as a large ISO, since the online update part will replace all the software anyway).

    : will it be the same

    Except that you don't get a manual or support, it's the exact same thing as buying a distro in a box from a local store.
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