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Here's a pretty easy question from from the uber-newbie:
I decided to give Mandrake 9.1 a shot over Red Hat 9.0. So I went to a mirror found on the Mandrake website, and downloaded some ISO's. However, I don't know which ones to use! I though there were only supposed to be three. The names of the ISO's are:
Do I need to burn them all onto CD's, and which ones do I need for installation? I don't want to screw it up
Oh yeah, strange thing, I have to disable Norton Internet Security EVERY single time I try to download a linux ISO, doesn't seem to matter the distro, it always thinks that it's a trojan call "Sokets de......." something or rather. Quite strange....
You HAVE to use a writer that supports .iso images. Don't burn the iso as a regular file to the CD, that will be unusable. Burn the CD using the .iso, and when the CD is done, the files on the CD will be normal looking, there will be a bunch of files and directories as you'd expect.
If your CD-Writer doesn't support .iso's there are a few free burners you can find on the net.
Installation CD 1 is the *-inst.i586.iso file
Installation CD 2 is the *-ext.i586.iso file
Installation CD 3 is the *-i18n.i586.iso file
I have no idea about that whole cd1, cd2, cd3 bit within the names, but just to be certain I'd say get *-cd1-inst.i586.iso, *-cd2-ext.i586.iso, and *-cd3-i18n.i586.iso. Seems to make the most sense to me anyway.
Gee neilcpp... get off your high buy-the-distro horse will ya??
Why not let people try different distro's out when they're just starting with Linux, and then when they decide on something they really like they can buy it. I bought RedHat 7.2 and Mandrake 9.0 when I first started out, and both ended up sucking. Then I tried a few others, and after that I discovered I like Slackware best. And so I bought it. Good solution no?
Mandrake91-cd1-inst.i586.iso <-- Installation CD (Recommended)
Mandrake91-cd2-ext.i586.iso <-- Extra Libs (optional)
Mandrake91-cd3-i18n.i586.iso <-- Fonts and more Libs (optional)
Make sure you use 700 megabyte CD disc and that your CD-R/W can record 700 megabyte CD disc properly. Also run the ISO through a md5sum program.
Why do first time LINUX people use Redhat or Mandrake?
Using for example Slackware, you have to make partitions and format the partitions. Next install each package manually. Distributions like Redhat or Mandrake made installing LINUX easier.
Mandrake 9.2 came out.
Here I'm using Mandrake 9.0. Oh well I'll wait until Mandrake 10. Though, I'm planning on using Slackware next summer or when kernel version 2.6 becomes stable.
BTW, why not donate some money to the distribution that you downloaded or will be downloading from.