Originally posted by anonymous555
I've never installed an OS
What, not even Windows?
what makes an OS different from other software? Can anyone explain?
The Operating System is the underlying system on which all software runs. Other software programs need the operating system to let them run. (http://dictionary.reference.com/sear...ng+system&r=67
for a description)
While you can install SuSE (and other Linux OSes) via ftp, you do need to know what you are doing. As p-static says, Knoppix may be a good choice for you - it runs entirely off the cd - no installation required (unless you want to save your settings).
Also, when you do come to burn your cds, I like to use www.linuxiso.org
to get my isos. Other links you may find helpful are:
- an introduction to Linux
- FAQs about Linux
- how to verify your iso download is ok
- how to burn isos to disk
- huge number of reviews of various distros
- our review section
Also, in my signature is a link to the RUTE Users Tutorial and Exposition (aka RUTE - get used to self-referential acronyms. See also GNU (GNU's Not Unix) and WINE (WINE Is Not an Emulator)
) RUTE is an enormous book with a huge amount of Linux knowledge - it has helped a lot of people.