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this is my first post.
i have recently started a uni course where we use linux alot and i would like to install a copy on my home pc.
we use debian linux at uni but im not sure if this is necessarily what i need at home.
i need to be able to use the gedit function to edit c and java code and then need to be able to compile and run this code.
i was wondering if someone could help me out with where i can download a copy of linux and any hints on installing.
I havent done any partioning of my hard drive before so any help with that would be really appreciated.
i know this is just basic stuff but im having probs getting started so i would really appreciate any advice.
This is a particularly opportune time to do so since the current "daily" media is the first release candidate installer for the upcoming conversion of Etch to Stable. (Story here.) If you would like to do that, go near the bottom of the first link here and get one of those .iso images.
Ubuntu is debian based and very friendly and easy to set up, it also has alot of packages pre installed and has a very smart pkg adding system. You may also want to take a look at Fedora for ease of use. Although if you want a more complex distro and you are happy to compile packages yourself take a look at all the other options, linux is a very vast thing. There is a distro out there for everyone, maybe even consider a more unixy system such as Solaris for i386 and FreeBSD. Depends what apps you need really.
Although for ease of use Ubuntu 5 is most probs the easiest. I think it beats Ubuntu 6. Just pop the install CD in and off you go, the cds are free to, either download off their website or order one all free!
Last edited by robputt796; 10-17-2006 at 12:32 PM.
Distribution: OpenSUSE 11.3 KDE, PCLinuxOS 2010 KDE
You should try to download the file that ends on *.iso that corresponds with your platform and to what end you're going to use it. If you're using a 64bit processor, you should download a file that has 'amd64' in the title, else you're probably best of with the 'i386' version. If you don't know what platform you're on, it's i386 is most likely the best option for you. So, I think you should try either the 'ubuntu-6.06.1-desktop-i386.iso' file. This version will also work with a 64bit processor and I think it suits your needs best.
I think Ubuntu does have GCC, If you live in the UK and want me to send a Ubuntu CD I can just send me £1 for postage and packaging, otherwise you can order it free from http://www.ubuntu.com/ however it will take an age for it to arrive under there free postal service. Otherwise you can download it. I guess you just have a normal i386 box so Ill provide a direct link.
OK, So when you have downloaded it you will need to burn the ISO to a CD, if you donot know how todo this on your current OS look it up on google it is simple enough.
So once you have your CD, set your bios to boot from CDROM, then put the CD into your drive. Then boot your pc. It will load up a Ubuntu live from the CD, however the drive it runs on will be read only. You can then install it to your hard drive using the Install links on the Ubuntu background.