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I know nothing about linux aside that it I want to learn to use it and was wondering how to use it. I use a intel computer and found that I can run linux over windows. If anyone can point me to a guide for the complete mindless it would be helpful.
Location: Student of University of Mumbai, Maharastra State, India
Distribution: Redhat Linux 9.0, Knoppix LIVE CD, Ubuntu Live CD, Kubuntu Live CD
It would worth an effort, if you try not running Linux over Windows. If you are seriously interested in using / learning more about Linux and the bundle of application softwares running on top of it, I would recommend to start off with what is known as a LIVE CD / Live USB OS.
Describing each one in detail would make this post longer than an article in the newspaper; therefore, I would request you to read the following articles:
Alternatively, if you are bent upon trying Linux, whilst running Windows, you need to install VMWare or a virtual machine software that'll boot off Linux within Windows. However, this option is not worth the try, if you are low on hardware resources.
If you install a virtual machine, it will eat some place on one of your partitions (by creating a file), and will behave like a Windows application. If you download and burn LiveCD ISO (which of two parts causes problems, by the way?), you will be able to ignore your HDD when booted from LiveCD until you feel that you will be ready to go ahead. You can also (in some cases) move partitions with little chance of losing data (i.e. you'd better have a backup, but you will probably not need to spend time restoring from it).
I didn't know anything about Linux about 2 years ago but I decided to download it, install it and USE IT. I'm so happy now that I don't depend on M$crosoft garbage! I would recommend do some research on Google for problems etc etc. As my personal experience with OpenSuse I will recommend that one but again it's all up to you.
Linux for dummies is a good book or any from O'rellly.