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hi! i'm a newbie wanting to install linux. Can someone tell me if it's easy installing linux? does it work like windows? which linux version should I install in my computer and where can I get it?
please don't flame me if I ask stupid question. thank you!
Installing linux can be very easy, although it's NOTHING like windows in the sens you probably mean. Once configured, it'll be great. Get Mandrake, it'll be the easiest transition from windows and the install is as simple as you can get. Whilest i'm not into flaming, I do encourage you to use this site's search feature. It is very nice and you'll get what you want everytime. Get used to reading above all.
I also suggest Mandrake. When I switched to linux from windows I knew nothing and Mandrake was very easy to install. Since then I have continued to use Mandrake and continue to find it very easy to use. You can get it at www.mandrake.com. If you have never used Linux before I strongly suggest buying the powerpack so you can get all the documentation instead of downloading it.
Mandrake also gets my vote for the most painless installation, it is (was) available on the cover of this months UK editiion of Linux Format. its the most windows looking of the distros I've tried and has some nice, easily found tools to help you twiddle with settings, including a "control panel" that MS would never come up with in a million years (well laid out with everything where you expect to find it).
Mandrake doesn't do everything great, but it does a lot of things well, and is unquestionably the best introduction to Linux for newbies. I think a large proportion of the new wave of Linux users started out with it - I started off with SuSE 5.2 and then Mandrake, going through Slackware, Debian and Red Hat on the way to where I am now.
Get your confidence going with Mandrake, and then try some other distros until you find one you like (this may even be Mandrake - different people prefer different distros for often trivial reasons).
i'd suggest mandrake too, but once you get used to it, if you can be bothered, try out some other ones too, like SUsE, Corel, Red Hat, Turbolinux, Slackware and so on. Only when you have got used to mandrake mind you, each one has a different feel and you need to try a couple out to know which one you like more.
Plus, i am astonished that anybody even read this thread, what with it just being called "linux"! can we have a more descriptive title next time please?
one piece of advice here. If you've never done a Linux install, I suggest to read the manual BEFORE actually installing, because some of the concepts may not be clear to you and you want to have a good understanding for them. This approach is much better than trying to understand something new right in the middle of partitioning your disk.