can i download from an ftp server direct to my c600 notebk without burning to cd?
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well, i just bought this used c600 dell latitude, and because i have many interests and much more limited funds, open source seems like a better fishing spot than the local software dealer... and i realize i will have to learn some of these 'details', and in fact, i have completed a first read of the linux.org's beginners study course online... but mostly, it scared me with, well, so many details... i am wondering if i can download some distribution that will work 'out of the box' for me, so that i can start learning, but also have a useable os right off, that will give me at least a semblance of the capabilities i have with this xp...
thanx nilleso, and jonas for your msgs, i will check out the links you suggested, just worried i'll be more confused than ever, because, well, linux seems a little complex to me so far. of course there was a time when a bi-cycle seemed a little complex to me, and now i've been bi for years.
Much better question now--we're getting more of the whole picture. To answer that, I'm not sure that there's an installer which can be run from a windows partition. You can install debian from two floppies and an internet connection, but debian may be a big mouthful for newbies. In your situation, I would recommend going to http://shipit.ubuntu.com and order an Ubuntu CD set (for free, including shipping).
The Ubuntu live CD will allow you to try out Ubuntu without committing to it (and without mucking with anything on your hard disk). Once you feel comfortable with it, pop in the install CD (which I haven't tried, so I can't comment on it).
Don't worry about the two articles I linked to--they're not intense on detailed technical stuff as much as... well... I don't know how to put it. Just read them.
jonas , or please anyone that can help me, you still there?
well, i did as you suggested and ordered the ubuntu, but still waiting for it...
now, am wondering if you might be able to help me with new prob... bought an old hp omnibook 2000 GS from my cuz for $40, and i want to try to put damn small linux on it to send it to this family in panama, central america...
so first, since it only has like one gig hd, i thought i would clean up the old programs, throw them out, to free up space for new apps ...
so i deleted adobe 3.1, no prob, said there were no shared files that should affect any other programs...
then i deleted explorer 4.0, which also gave me a msg that there were no files shared with other progs, but when i tried to reboot, i can't ... keeps looping me thru a process where i get to a blue screen:
A fatal exception 0C has occurred at 0137:BFF858C0. The current application will be terminated.
*Press any key to terminate the current application (but that doesn't work)
*Press Cntrl Alt Del again to restart your comp. You will lose any unsaved info in all applications
Press any key to continue
BUT, pressing any key does nothing, and when i do Cntrl Alt Del
goes to a screen that prompts:
Press F2 to configure (in modes 1 thru 8) suggests safe mode
Message reads: windows did not finish loading on prev attempt, choose safe mode to start windows with min drivers
then somehow everytime i'm back to the blue screen 'fatal exception...'
is there some override i can do to get booted up?
also, there's a msg that reads: external cache: not installed...
Perhaps your current problem belongs in a new thread? Anyways...
If you eventually will install GNU/Linux, why are you fiddling around with windows? Anyways, it sounds quite hosed. If you want to pull files off its disk, pull out the disk and put it into a different computer. Then put it back, and install whatever OS you want to be on it. Other than that, I can't give much advice--but then again I'm not sure I understand what you're trying to do.
Perhaps your current problem belongs in a new thread? Anyways...
If you eventually will install GNU/Linux, why are you fiddling around with windows?
absolutely! i want to delete windows, and install damn small linux, since i understand it is most appropriate to the computers specs. but don't i need to have the windows os on there to use its commands to download the new os?
on my other computer, this one i'm writing on, i downloaded ubuntu, but i have not been able to run it, open it, anything. it's just there...
i apologize for being such a dunce, but god this stuff confuses me
Anyways, it sounds quite hosed.
If you want to pull files off its disk, pull out the disk and put it into a different computer.
You mean, pull out the hard drive? how do i do that? open up the laptop? i'm sure that's way beyond my expertise (or lack of it)
Then put it back, and install whatever OS you want to be on it.
That's what i want. i want to have a working linux os so that i can start learning more of this open source stuff in the linux environment, but alas, my grey cells may be more suited for some special olympic event
Other than that, I can't give much advice--but then again I'm not sure I understand what you're trying to do.
there's the rub.
If you want to install Linux, just insert the boot-medium and boot from there. You don't need to un-install any other OS Btw, for questions about DSL there is a specific DSL forum on this board
Like Jonaskoelker said, if you want to save files from that machine, physically get the harddrive out of the machine and connect it as a secondary drive to another computer. Then copy the files you want to save and remount it in the original machine. Boot from CD or floppy and follow the install-guide on your screen