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Old 10-24-2001, 05:35 PM   #1
shmoo28
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I am going to attempt to install linux on my old computer and I have a few questions.

1. I have never installed linux before, and I was wondering what distribution makes this process as painless as possible?

2. I am installing on my piece of junk computer, and I am hoping to download the necessary files to my roomate's and burn a CD for transfer to the victim. Is this advisable, or even do-able?

3. Can someone point me in the direction of a site with some clear, noob oriented instructions for installation?

I guess thats it, for now. Any help or suggestions greatly appreciated.
 
Old 10-24-2001, 05:47 PM   #2
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www.mandrake-linux.com i think. v8.1 out now. it comes on 3 cd's. but you can get by with the first one only. i think.

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the downloading and burning thing is EXACTLY what you're meant to do.

it's the most user friendly distro, but it's also aimed at being a suitable hi end windows replacement, so can get a bit greedy... try and steer clear of kde and gnome if your systems really as bad as you make out, other than that you should be ok.
 
Old 10-24-2001, 06:19 PM   #3
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ThankyouThankyouThankyou

It's a place to start. One more thing, I want to nuke windows, should this be done before or after linux install?

Shmoo's Learning Algorithm:

Step1: Attempt to do something way beyond your capability.

Step2: Annoy anyone who will listen with questions.

Step3: Break everything involved.

Step4: (see step2)

Step5: fix it.

Thanks again.
 
Old 10-24-2001, 07:37 PM   #4
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mandrake will nuke windows for you while you install. (it's a great feeling, trust me )

i generally advise people to go out and buy the distro... at least you have the manual if anything goes wrong. but, burning the cd's also works.

love the algorithm, by the way .
 
Old 10-25-2001, 01:01 PM   #5
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I'm 100% in a agreement with isajera - buy your first distro. It will usually contain the basic information (FAQs) to get you started. The manuals will help you get installed and learning your way around the console and Xwindows stuff.

You may also want to add a (final?) step to the algorithm; "Step 6: repeat as necessary or as time and money will allow"
 
Old 10-25-2001, 10:40 PM   #6
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Thanks for the advice. After fuddling around trying to figure out how I was going to download all this stuff for two days and getting nowhere, I broke down and went out and bought a copy of Slackware. Circuit City made my choice of distro really easy, all they had was Mandrake for some ridiculous amount of dough, or Slackware for 25 bucks. After all my worrying about how hard it was going to be to install, it took about an hour and a half. Go figure. It seems to be working just fine, but since I know about five commands in UNIX, it's hard to tell. Once again, thanks for the input.
 
  


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