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Old 01-18-2014, 05:09 PM   #1
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How do i put linux on my computer?


How do i put linux on my computer
 
Old 01-18-2014, 05:18 PM   #2
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Much the same way you install any other operating system, like Windows: You boot the computer from an installation medium like a DVD or a USB stick, and follow the installation wizard.

If you replace the existing operating system with Linux, all data and applications currently on the computer will be erased. If that seems a bit drastic, or if you simply want to try out one or more Linux distributions to see how they meet your needs, you could install Linux in a virtual environment; a synthetic PC running under your currently installed OS.
 
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Old 01-18-2014, 05:20 PM   #3
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Welcome to LQ!!

Lets say you want to install Debian distrubution, here 2 places to start
http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/installmanual
http://www.tecmint.com/debian-gnulin...llation-guide/

Or maybe you preffer other distribution, every distribution will provide a installation guide, all you have to do is search in their websites.

Or yet you can install GNU/Linux in a virtual machine, for that you will need software like Virtualbox to do so,
that you there is no need to modify you hard disk.

Whatever way you dicide to use for the installation, you will easily find howtos or guides on internet to do so.

Regards
 
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Old 01-18-2014, 05:23 PM   #4
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depends on the computer

the most obvious method is to use the cd/dvd drive
you would need to download an iso disk image and 'burn' it to a blank disk

then depending on how your computer is configured you may need to change the bios settings or press a key during boot to 'boot up' from the cd/dvd

other options are a network boot, much mire complicated as you need to setup a server to, well server the files..

booting from usb stick/drive, again bios settings may need to be altered
also requires some 'work' to get the files on said drive


other considerations , is this a modern computer using UEFI?
do you need/want a dual boot with windows.


come back with specific details on your hardware, and which Linux Disto(s) you are currently considering

I or someone else can then better advise you.
 
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Old 01-18-2014, 05:42 PM   #5
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We'd need some system specs to give a more exact answer.


Consider a free virtual machine to start. Safe way to test.

There are online web access to linux such as SuseStudio.com

There are many distributions of linux that can be run from a live cd/dvd/usb. They tend to be safe way of learning.
 
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:58 PM   #6
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you read and fallow the install instructions .........................
 
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:21 AM   #7
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Most distributions have a live-usb that is used to begin the install process.
 
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Old 02-02-2014, 03:39 AM   #8
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Thank you. I borrowed a Ubuntu 10.04LTS CD from a friend and have put it on the computer. It is running well.
 
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Old 02-02-2014, 03:57 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by stephan.blackford View Post
Thank you. I borrowed a Ubuntu 10.04LTS CD from a friend and have put it on the computer. It is running well.
Well done, glad to help!

Cheers
 
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Old 02-02-2014, 11:21 AM   #10
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Thank you. I borrowed a Ubuntu 10.04LTS CD from a friend and have put it on the computer. It is running well.
It's a shame that you wasted your time doing this, because Ubuntu 10.04 Desktkop reached its "end of life" in May 2013 and is completely unsupported. If you had visted the Ubuntu website and read the instructions (as you were urged to do), you would not be stuck with an obsolete operating system.

http://fridge.ubuntu.com/2013/05/10/...on-may-9-2013/

Let us know if you need help with reinstalling a currently-supported release.
 
Old 02-02-2014, 11:43 AM   #11
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Ubuntu 10.04 Desktkop reached its "end of life" in May 2013 and is completely unsupported.
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an obsolete operating system.
I was going to point out the same thing, but then I thought no to say anything anyway since the OP seemed very happy with the accomplish.

Beside nothing is mentioned about the hardware, some pentiun 4 are still capable to run gnome 2 very well. And not all pentiun 4 support PAE, which now a requirement for Ubuntu and its derivatives.

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Old 02-02-2014, 11:49 AM   #12
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It will be that much easier the second time, now that the OP has done it once already.
 
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Old 02-02-2014, 11:57 AM   #13
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It will be that much easier the second time, now that the OP has done it once already.
I have to agree with snowpine; doing a re-install of the latest version would be the best way to go. The OP is only going to have headaches going forward, since they're using an old version of things...new software, patches, etc. And chances are this was more of a confidence issue, rather than a technical/tough-to-do issue.

OP, you wouldn't spend your time loading Windows XP would you? It's old and unsupported as well...same with this version of Ubuntu. You can get the latest version for free, and make things easier for yourself going forward.
 
  


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