Which Version is Good For Dual Booting With Windows?
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Calmrod, since you are complete computer and operating system novice user, I recommend you spend time learning the basics of computers. By learning the basics of computers, Linux will be more like second nature instead of a chore or be like hell compared to what you are use to. I suggest getting your hands on A+ certificate book to help you learn the basics of computers. After you read and understand about computers, you can take a stab at Linux. Though if you want to tease yourself, use Knoppix. It is a popular Linux distribution that does not need to be installed because it runs itself from the CD or DVD.
Knoppix is basically safe to any filesystem because it always mounts them as read-only.
Linux distributions that gets downloaded comes in as an ISO file. This file is an image of the whole entire disc. These files some times are corrupted, so I suggest using md5summer to check against an md5 file to make sure the file is correct. If you use a BitTorrent client to download a Linux distribution, you do not have to use md5summer to check the file. BitTorrent automatically checks the file in the background to make sure it is correct. Any CD or DVD writing software can write an image file to disc. In your CD or DVD writing software pick burn image or similar to it and select the ISO file that you downloaded. Do not pick data CD, video CD, data DVD, video DVD. Just pick burn image. I recommend setting writting speed to 4X or lower.
There are sites that sell pre-made Linux distribution discs. Ubuntu does this from their site for free, so that is one of the reasons that I suggest this distribution in my previous post.
There is always a chance of your data being erased when setting dual booting. In my previous post, I said back up first.
Ok thank you. I probably should learn more first but regretably, I'm a tad over eager at times. I should rephrase my questions I suppose. When I boot puppy the first time, its doing all this stuff that looks like an installation, I'm just wondering what that is and if it's supposed to do that and if it is supposed to do that, when puppy comes up can I 'install' it to a hard drive partition? One last question for this post I suppose (I'm notorious for asking a lot of questions), which books would you recommend? Most of them are for people who already know what they're doing. Thank you,