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ok so there is a difference between iso and cd images, now is the cd image anyway compressed or is it the same thing as an iso already packaged to be burned? which is easier, i mean im not a freaking computer iliterate, but the simplier for something im not realy fimilar with is better.
see my situation with downloading is that i dont know if my computer has enough space for both windows and for linux at the same time....thats why i was looking for the discs so i can just get rid of windows then install fedora...any sugestions?
i dont know how much exactly, but i know i would have to pretty much delete everything besides the actual platform inorder to have enough space, also im concerned in regards to any anti-virus programs that linux has, or if there are any, or can i just use like norton for example and use a linux transfer program
Under windows right-click the drive (c: or whatever) in the windows-explorer and chose properties. There you'll see how much space you have left.
And now the nice thing about linux. You don't have to be concerned about viruses. There are no linux-viruses. Hence you don't need any Norton anymore.
Yes, but you will need to download and burn the .iso files one by one, which could prove to be a real pain, since you'll need to verify that they work. If you want to go ahead and at least try it, download the disc1 .iso file and record it to disc. Remember as I stated before that you can't just write the files to disc, you need to burn them as .iso's using a program that can do this.
After you do this, you'll need to check that the disc works. You can do this either with MD5Sum's (explanation and how to on the Fedora website) or for disc 1 by rebooting with it in the drive and seeing if the Anaconda installer is launched. After you're sure disc 1 works, delete the .iso file from your windows hard drive (and empty the recycle bin so it's not taking up disk space) and repeat the process with disc 2...
This could be more time consuming than it's worth, in which case maybe you should run over to the bookstore and buy a book like the "Fedora 2 Linux Bible" (pricey, but probably good to have anyway when you're new to this) which includes all 4 installation CD's.
Download the second set of .iso files (without "SRPMS"). Sounds like your hard drive may have enough space to download them 2 at a time, but see if you can get the first one properly recorded to disc before trying to download the others.
I know it's a pain to find all the answers but they're out there and then some. Linux isn't plug-n-play so to speak so you're going to have to get your hands dirty and dig into the OS to see what makes it tick.
Now w/fedora and only 1.37g's on your hard drive you'll need to strip down the features to get a GUI to load. I could not get a standard install with FC1 and a GUI on my old laptop with a 1.2g drive.
Fedora's not a bad distro to start with. Loads of books for it which helps get you stated. Be aware with FC1 the updater needs to be redirected to mirror sites. The default redhat site is dreadfully slow i.e. it takes days to do any updates. FC2 has/had? a problem with configuring windows in the bootloader if you thinking of dual booting. I would do some searching on it before using it in than way. Read the reviews on this site.
Search goole for "linux laptop" Several sites have reviews of different distros on several makes/models of laptops. Laptops can be quirky.