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Old 04-20-2004, 10:11 PM   #1
aktlikeseggs
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Need help installing Linux on Laptop


ok im a total newb at Linux and i was wanting to install it on my laptop which is running WinXP. I saw that its hard to solo install the Linux operating system so i was wondering if i could get some help. I dont know which is the best so could someone just suggest one of the Linux programs and tell me where i find it from and how to install it. and if you can help me with that i was wondering if someone could point me toward a good site for learning how to hack sites. Im not a newb at computers and ive been researching hacking and stuff for almost a year but im now looking to do basic website hacks, but honestly im not looking to screw up sites im just curious as to how to do it and be able to brag that i can do it. Thanks for any help.
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Old 04-21-2004, 12:32 AM   #2
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... as far as what distro to install on your laptop. this is really personal preference ... if you are a 'linux newbie' as you said you might want to look at mandrake, suse, or redhat to start. from there you will decide on your own which distro you like best.

... now, on to your 'hacking websites' question. generally this type of question is frowned upon at most linux specific message boards. to the true newbie linux may be seen as the 'hackers OS', but that does not mean that people will just openly share potentially harmful information (how to hack a website) in a public forum. to be blunt ... we do not know you or what you will do with the information. want to obtain the knowledge to hack websites (or anything else for that matter)? install linux ... learn everything you can. that's the best i can do.
 
Old 04-21-2004, 11:07 AM   #3
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thanks Dot that helps. I can understand as to why you wouldnt tell me how or give me any help on hacking but i thought i would just take a chance by adding that to my first post. Thanks Again.
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Old 04-21-2004, 12:33 PM   #4
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aktlikeseggs,
A basic install on your laptop that already has WinXP would go something like this:
1. Check the WinXP partition and resize if you need to. A good rule of
thumb is to halve the drive, one for each OS (this, of course, also
depends on the size of the drive!).
2. download the iso's of your selected Distro (my favourite is Mandrake )
and burn them onto cd's.
3. boot up with the install CD and follow the onscreen prompts.
4. Once completed, you should be able to boot your laptop and it'll give
you a selection of which OS to boot up.

Linux is not hard to solo install, but you need to make sure WinXP is installed first, as it changes your MBR every time. Linux will just add to the existing MBR.
Hope this helps,
J
 
Old 04-21-2004, 04:59 PM   #5
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I would like to install Mandrake but i cant find a free copy of it because i dont want to pay for it. But i have a 37.2 GB harddrive.
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Old 04-21-2004, 05:03 PM   #6
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then browse on over to redhat.com
 
Old 04-21-2004, 05:04 PM   #7
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If you have a broadband Internet connection, go to the Mandrake download page and download the iso's. If you like the performance of Mandrake though support them and the work they put into this and, at minimum, join the Mandrakeclub.
J
 
Old 04-21-2004, 06:02 PM   #8
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ok i went to the mandrake site and i found the file, but what files do i need to burn, if i burn text and all is there anything that needs to be on the same disk as another file? btw thanks for all this help, and i did get a program to spilt my harddrive.
 
Old 04-22-2004, 09:41 AM   #9
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ACK! My mistake, Sorry! I forgot that Mandrake just released 10.0 official and it's only available to club members. They will open it to the public around May, so you can either wait until then to get the iso, or you can join up and download it now, or you can just pull down an older version (9.2 is still available, mirrors at the bottom of the page).
Sorry for the misleading info!
J
 
Old 04-22-2004, 07:19 PM   #10
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its cool Jfrey, but i just went ahead and downloaded 9.2 it took about 5 hours but its cool. But i got one last question, how do i install it. Once i burn it to a disc does it automatically just go into my Linux part of the hardrive or what?
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Old 09-02-2004, 07:52 PM   #11
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aktlikeseggs , read the help files on the web site of the distro of you choice. I like Mandrake 10. Installing Linux is easy.
Basically:
1) burn the cd's from iso's (make sure you have all the cd's: usually 3 or 4 total)
2) insert the first cd and reboot
3) follow the instructions on the screens
That's it.
 
  


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