LinuxQuestions.org
Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 09-06-2004, 09:39 PM   #1
DJchicago
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Sep 2004
Posts: 6

Rep: Reputation: 0
Total noob seeking "where to start" advice


I'm a total "computer person", but up to this point, I've only ever used windows. I would like to try (and possibly install) Linux on my PC, but while leaving windows XP home on the machine so I can switch between them (I believe this is a dual-boot setup?). I've looked around on the web and seen mention of Live CD's, but I actually couldn't find the files to use for them, and I'm not sure it's a good idea to do this without some guidance anyway, so I thought I'd ask here first.

My question: For someone who has never even touched a computer running linux, what's the best way to start? What distribution should I get, how do I download and install it, and what should I know, in general? I plan on checking out some stuff from the library, but I also thought I'd ask on this forum.



Thanks for the help,
DJ
 
Old 09-06-2004, 09:44 PM   #2
btmiller
Senior Member
 
Registered: May 2004
Location: In the DC 'burbs
Distribution: Arch, Scientific Linux, Debian, Ubuntu
Posts: 4,060

Rep: Reputation: 295Reputation: 295Reputation: 295
Go to www.linuxiso.org or iso.linuxquestions.org and download Knoppix. Burn it as a CD image, insert into your CD drive, and reboot. If your computer is set to bott from CD, you'll have a nice Linux environment up and running that won't touch your hard drive. One note about Live CDs, they can be quite slow as everything has to be accessed and run off of the CD.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
X Server broken. start w/ "INIT: ld "x" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes&q tektone Linux - Hardware 5 07-25-2007 07:18 PM
Will "Total Annihilation" work on wine, and how? jimsproch Linux - Games 2 02-06-2005 06:34 PM
Seeking "install party" answers re 9.0 vs 10.0 John76 Slackware - Installation 5 12-06-2004 03:30 PM
How to start KDE automaticlly without typing "startx" then "startkde" Jonescity Slackware 8 10-29-2004 09:32 PM
seeking advice on what processes to start at boot. rgiggs Mandriva 10 05-13-2004 05:46 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:48 AM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration