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Hi, I am very interested in learning more about Linux. It was suggested to me to try out a Linux program called 'Puppy Linux', I liked the overview a lot and decided to give it a look see.
I downloaded the suggested ISO burner and then tried to download the http://distro.ibiblio.org/quirky/precise-5.7.1/ This is where I am stonewalled at right now. I'm using Windows XP and browsing with Firefox and when I get to directory I am unable to find any options to Download the file. So my basic question is (pun intended) How do I get the 'PUPPY'?
the downloading of a file ( for the link you posted)
is the exact same as it is on Windows using firefox
or internet explorer ,or chrome or opera
that's exactly true, it doesn't change the speed of your internet connection. So if Latrakie says he/she has a dialup connection, possibly over a traditional phone line, you can't expect much more than about 5kB/sec. And that makes up almost 10 hours for a 150MB download.
Downloading a distro with dial-up is not really a good idea. It will take so long that there's always a risk of a bad connection corrupting the file (it only takes one bad byte!) or the service provider disconnecting (I remember a 2-hour limit in my dial-up days).
You should be able to find a dealer in your country who will send you a Linux disk by post for a modest fee. To save getting the wrong thing, tell us your hardware (memory size, CPU, video chip) and we'll tell you what works. You don't want to order a disk that doesn't, although Puppy will work on almost anything.
[...] although Puppy will work on almost anything.
can't put enough stress on the word "almost"!
I remember I tried to get Puppy to run on various very small PCs (like little industry PCs with only a 300MHz CPU and 256MB RAM). The live CD I tried back then (it was some 5.x version, but I don't remember which one exactly) wouldn't even boot on some of them. One of these machines repeatedly froze during boot, one stopped in mid-boot with a cryptic error message, and another booted okay and even let me install the system to HDD (which was a CF card in that case), but then the freshly installed system didn't boot either.
Hardware was okay in each of these machines, and for example Windows 2000 ran fine on them (except on the system with the CF card, which I only tried with DOS).
I had no trouble getting Puppy up on contemporary PCs with enough resources to support a "grown-up" distro, but Puppy appealed to me especially by its small footprint, so I thought it might be a fine choice for these mini systems. It wasn't.