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Old 12-05-2011, 01:51 AM   #1
GeminiBusiness
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Question new to Linux, help with installing Pinguy OS


Hello,

I want to try a distro for people new to Linux, like Pinguy OS. What do I need to do? So far I backed up everything and defragged my comp. What's next?

Problem. I want to download Pinguy OS but the .iso is 1.6 GB and I only have a CD drive, with a blank CD waiting. =( Is there anything I can do, like try from USB? Or do I need to find a lighter distro?

My comp is old, I do have a large USB flash drive but I'm not sure it will work.
Booting from USB may not work on older comps, as is my understanding.

Thanks
 
Old 12-05-2011, 02:18 AM   #2
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Well what kind of computer do you have? You could always try Ubuntu, and download the CD ISO version. I recommend you head over to distrowatch.com and check out other light-weight distros.

Cheers,

Josh
 
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Old 12-05-2011, 02:55 AM   #3
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I think the two best distrobutions for new Linux users are Fedora and Ubuntu. They are the most widely used, vastly supported, and seem to be as user friendly as Linux gets. Both of these distros come out with a new version every 6 months. Fedora just released Fedora 16 on Halloween (Oct.31, 2011). They both come in CD/DVD versions and both distrobutions have live discs which anyone can boot up and experiment with - without ever installing anything. If you would like to install a live distrobution to a USB stick you can follow the tutorial I posted earlier http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...b-disk-917161/ or you can use Fedora liveusb-creator to make one. It is all done from a GUI (Graphical User Interface) so that a novice can easily create a bootable USB stick. There is a Windows version of Fedora liveusb-creator as well. You can find the software here: https://fedorahosted.org/liveusb-creator/. I think Ubuntu has a version of this software as well.

I haven't even heard of the distrobution you mentioned. It may be a great distrobution but for the reasons I mentioned above I would strongly reccomend Fedora or Ubuntu. I personally use Fedora.

Have fun and hopefully you will decide to become a full time Linux user once you realize how very powerful it is.
 
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:31 PM   #4
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I have an eMachines T3042 with XP SP3 thats about 8 years old. No, its not that old, still has 2 GB RAM with 1.99 Ghz so its not like I need Puppy or DSL but it's before DVD drives where everywhere.



yes, distrowatch has been very helpful but also confusing. There's about 500 distros to choose from. Peppermint and Mint sound good but don't sound as beginner friendly as Pinguy. I thought about Zorin but wait, that's also too big. 1.1 GB...


And thanks for the welcome, I'm tired of Windows.haha
 
  


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