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soo ive got a large economy size box of cds to burn i wanted to run a live distro on some extra pc's ive got (see sig) and i know i want to try umbuntru or puppy and i need lessons on downloading apparently-- step by step lessons.... i read that to get the *.iso file is not what i want but thats all i can get.. HOW DO I GET ALL THE FILES ON MY DISK!!!!!!!!!!!GAHHH
any way i don't realy want to download anything (my dad gets mad at me every time i do)
yes i relize i am a newb an i have no experience what so ever..
ISO is exactly what you want. ISO files are actually images of complete CD compiles as one whole image (just like Ghost does for hard disks and partitions). However, in lieu of downloading, a lot (if not most) distros offer CDs you can order for a nominal fee. That might be the way to go if you have reservations about downloading. If you haven't already decided on a distro check out Simply Mepis at mepis.org. Good luck!
Another option if you don't want to order something (i.e. you don't have a credit card/ don't want to wait for shipping) would be to goto your closest big box book store (borders, barns and noble) and look in the computer magazine section. Almost all of the linux magazine come with a free cd or dvd with a distro on it. Sometimes it's a good live distro.
Some of the magazine I've read are:
Linux User and Developer
You can probably pick up a magazine w/ cd for $6 - $10