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Hi all i wonder if you can help me i have just recieved linux for dumies complete with the DVD but when i try to download the dvd all i get is the icon for fedora amd linux for burnin a disc. please help the poor old man
My guess is you've downloaded a .iso file (.iso is NOT the same as a .ico file, which is an icon). You need to burn this file to a dvd in order to be able to boot into linux, so you'll need a writable DVD and a DVD burner. You can then burn it to DVD using a command like:
cdrecord -v -pad speed=1 dev=/dev/dvdrw file.iso
However, it may do it differently in your book (I believe it's possible to burn with dd, for example) so you may want to read the advice there first. Also, details such as the filename and the dev= bit would have to be altered for your particular situation.
Fedora, when installed, usually works. I used it from version 1 to version 14, with hardly any problems. But if you upgrade regularly, it turns into a rather risky rolling release. The secret is to install a plugin for the package manager:
su -c "yum install yum-security"
Then you can get only the updates for security with
su -c "yum --security update"
You can live without the so-called enhancements: the next version will be along in 6 months!
Fedora also has much better configuration tools that Ubuntu (or any Debian-based distro). For example, you can enable USB speakers or headphones with 4 mouse clicks, where Ubuntu requires you to edit configuration files and doesn't say which ones.
Ubuntu is fine if you have a recently built PC from a major manufacturer (I suspect that's all it's tested on) but can take against other hardware: the latest requires special measures for any video except ATI or Nvidia, and the measures recommended on the website are the wrong ones!
i came to this forum hoping for avswers instead all i got was some clever dick with a smart arse amswer so i wont be wasting my time here any more
actually you got 1 person trying to be condescending and 5 helpful answers.
good luck in the future.
edit: actually, thats not so bad considering its on the internet; and at least s/he wasnt vulgar (now that i reread their post i think they were just trying to be playful, so download yourself a cup of coffee and calm down ).
also, i am not quite following what you are trying to achieve ? are you trying to install fedora from within ubuntu or other way around. can you try to restate your question a bit clearer.