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I am looking to Install linux on my machine, been using it for a while but on virtual s/w. Never installed it manually before. Anyone can suggest me a good ebook or other sources which could help me install linux/unix. Thankyou!
Distribution: OpenSUSE 13.2 64bit-Gnome on ASUS U52F
Yes perhaps you can list the things you use your computer for most the time.
That way people can advice you on what distro you could install. Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, and OpenSuSE are kid of like all purpose distros. But then you can install distros that are heavily customize for multi media managing, Web server or file sharing, networking security etc. They are all Linux and they are all good just targeting different public.
installing is easy. Are you planning on dualbooting Gnu/Linux with Windows? If you're using Windows 7, you can shrink your Windows partition from within Windows, which is probably the safest way. You'll need to do this to make room for Your chosen Gnu/Linux distribution.
Distribution: RHEL, CentOS, Debian, Oracle Solaris 10
Select the distro whichever you want to install and then search for tutorials for installing linux distro on google. There are so many tutorials websites available for installing in different ways, which will be helpful for you.
I disagree with that remark towards Opensuse. I've installed Windows 7 and Windows xp, and they were both pretty simple. I think Opensuse installer although not to hard to handle, is lacking in the user friendlyness simpleness. I'd rather install the easy text base Slackware and Debian. (Debian's installer is annoying when you want to install the bootloader to root though)