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Hi, thanks for dropping in ! If you're having the devil of a time finding the right downloadable distro, installer, iso-decrypter, and transmogrifiers to simply install some version of Linux on your machine, this is probably the place for you, especially if we're talking an older machine already infected with Winblows, or maybe you want the dual-boot option.

To save newbies and past users from the stress and strain of finding and installing the right Linux distribution(s) and install procedure(s) for their machine, especially older machines.

Linux LQ is a wonderful enterprise, a lighthouse in the evil darkness of a fallen Microsux world, and I found many of the people there to be absolutely awesome in terms of their knowledge, skills, and willingness to help. However, it has matured to the point that it is mostly Greek, addressing subjects in Greek, that will only intimidate and discourage a newcomer or acolyte, who will sometimes feel in over their heads even in the "Newbies" forum.
This blog is for those people.
Posts entailing cryptic console commands, inscrutable acronyms, in-depth analyses and/or references to nebulous high-level aspects of Linux will be relegated to the forums for more experienced users. This will probably remain the smallest blog on LQ, and deliberately so, as I will pare and prune mercilessly. The objective here is to present a concise, focused outline of the (current) basic initial approach to getting Linux onboard, and I will attempt to keep it that way.
Linux, in some form and version, is THE operating system. Let us help you get onboard in short order.
----------------- DAN
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    Been a long time, been a long time, been a --

    Well well, I see one of the Magnificent Seven is still condescending to intervene in the mundane affairs of old fools like me.... greetings and warm regards, rokytnji, I am pleased that you are still here and have graced my humble blog with your esteemed presence ! It has been awhile, but I remember your eloquence and wisdom and patient assistance...
    Overloaded myself with Python, Panda, and an assortment of game engines while I was high on Linux, and fell into shadow. To alleviate this quagmire, I bought a 33' sloop and am preparing to live on the hook, where internet may or may not be available depending on where I drop anchor.
    If I make it another 20 years or so, I will release an epic semi-MMORPG on the world... and I'm thinking Linux will be at its core. ----- Dan
    Posted 10-18-2017 at 02:41 PM by danrevell danrevell is offline
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    Been a long time, been a long time, been a --

    Kinda sorta like Wubi. Been about a year or so more since I used it.

    Use EXE installer to install Puppy Linux in Windows PC. This involves downloading an exe installer and then clicking on it (the usual way of installing programs in Windows). Find the version you like through the links below. Note that the current release is Slacko at version 5.7, Lucid Puppy is at version 5.28, and the default PAE ISO in Slacko enables access to installed RAM in machines with more than 4 GB.

    Worked real well on a Compaq CQ 51 when I used it. Save files I put in the C drive partition. In my own named folder.
    Posted 10-16-2017 at 01:24 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
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    Finale, synopsis, open-ended prep for sequel.

    Finale, synopsis, open-ended prep for sequel.
    Posted 09-06-16 at 12:07 PM by danrevell
    Updated 09-09-16 at 03:17 AM by danrevell (shorten, reword)
    The ANSWER is "yes", and "no".

    Yes:[/B] Ubuntu 12.04.1, a free, full-blown version released August of 2012 was downloaded and installed to my old Pentium D 3Gig with 1 Gig of RAM, bing zip zam, by the wubi at the bottom of the page at
    <Use the wubi that WORKS, suffixed "12.04.1" >
    One responder suggested doing a web search for "wubiuefi" (up-to-date wubis for recent versions), but that's another quest.

    No: Most versions of Linux, especially current,supported versions, apparently do not have a wubi.exe or one-click installer that actually works or can be located easily.
    In this regard, if you're feeling froggy, you can have (perhaps) any version you like. The process is:
    1) download an absurd standard, the "ISO file", for the version you want.
    2) "burn" the ISO file to disk or USB (gotta use another program for this, you
    can't just copy the file onto the chosen medium -- try for a CD, or
    unetbootin for a USB stick, from
    3) with the "LiveCD" or USB stick in, reboot, and (allegedly) you get an
    "install" menu.
    Pay strict attention if you are lucky enough to get a response from one of these Linux gods/goddesses. While the majority of responders to my plaintive cries here at LQ were at least trying to help, the members comprising THIS group are absolutely awesome. In order of appearance on my thread, they are:
    >>>...ardvark71..........michaelk..........NessieH..........John VV..........yancek...<<<
    Honorable mention goes to:
    rokytnji jpollard Ztooracat Chuck34207 and Habitual.
    Wish I had had more time to interact with the HM's, but their contributions are appreciated anyway.
    LQ is the primo lighthouse in the vast dark sea of Linuxlessness; kudos to the crew for the excellent job here! --- DAN
    [ end QUOTE ]
    That's a wrap, for now. I will continue to post new info, and hope that those of you who can communicate in English effectively will do the same. This will STAY a very short blog, because I will pare, edit, and censure mercilessly. We are compelled to spend waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much time in the pursuit of efficacy in this arena, and I intend to present an alternative; a short, straightforward set of answers to a simple yet ongoing dilemna...
    ---------- DAN
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    Posted 10-13-2016 at 03:16 PM by danrevell danrevell is offline
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    what the--??!?-- blog vs forum

    Well, at least I understood THAT... thanks, Frank; so I'm NOT just imagining an i-world that made sense, it actually once existed?
    Anyone who can stomach another example of the Hubbardesque mentality (make much ado about redefining and renaming a fairly common concept or procedure, and insist that it is "new", "enlightened", and "progressive", until enough people believe you) which has brought us to this dismal state of "modern" technology which so deeply "enriches the experience" of being online, have a gander at the wikipedia link that FrankBell provided.
    For those without the time and/or patience, here's my basic take on "web 2.0" ...
    TimeLine: Y2K era. Techies create innovations and, in some cases, actual improvements on the dynamics of websurfing and the interactiveability (not a real word) of websites. Using the aforementioned Hubbardesque approach, somebody(s) (the timing smacks of Slick Willy) promotes and promulgates these changes with no regard for the fact that they don't work with most of the systems, procedures, and protocols at large. (Everybody needs to UPGRADE !). In short, efficacity (a real word) which is anything but efficacious because the changes predicate a dumping of what was working just fine for an "upgrade" to new systems and software, despite the fact that the changes could have been instituted within the working paradigm. (Not a common phenomena in Linux.)
    A good example from my personal on-the-job experience is an old databasing program, written in GBasic. With the power and speed of modern machines, that program FLEW !! Until we upgraded to an OS that couldn't/wouldn't run GBasic.
    Posted 10-07-2016 at 09:27 PM by danrevell danrevell is offline
    Updated 10-07-2016 at 09:30 PM by danrevell
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    what the--??!?-- blog vs forum

    What you have described is how blogs work since the coming of web 2.0.

    What I find most distressing is that some posters seem to think that LQ blogs are the proper location for support questions, and they are not. Blogs are for sounding off about stuff. A support question posted to an LQ blog is very likely not going to be seen by persons who can help.
    Posted 10-07-2016 at 02:54 PM by frankbell frankbell is offline
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    Uh-oh.... about that last....

    Thanks, Roky !
    As the Internet and the Linux community illustrate so vividly, it is uncanny what can come of an unlicensed, unrestricted, autonomous pack of free-thinking pioneers loosely-organised behind a set of common goals.
    Posted 10-04-2016 at 08:56 AM by danrevell danrevell is offline
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    Uh-oh.... about that last....


    was one laptop per child. Something Windows never even considered doing.

    A entry in Jeremys blog who is kind enough to keep LQ online and going strong all these years.

    You know. Linux forums are much better than Windows forums. I can say this comfy like as I am a moderator at a small community Windows/Mac forum. I think the only Windows forum that comes close to being as good as any linux forum lie LQ is
    Posted 10-03-2016 at 12:42 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
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    Uh-oh.... about that last....

    And THAT, ladies and germs, is why ROKYTNJI is one of the Magnificent Six, and a personal hero/ role model of mine.
    Ummmm, ROK, feel free to elaborate on those fine points; mi blog es tu blog.
    Posted 10-03-2016 at 10:16 AM by danrevell danrevell is offline
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    Uh-oh.... about that last....

    somebody remind me of ten reasons
    Money < Have you picked up a free computer with no operating system on it>
    Proprietary & UELAS
    Choice on software minus money
    Malware , Pawned, Owned.
    Hardware compatibility <current isos runs on older kits >
    Multi platform uses < Android, OLPC, and Chromebook >

    Just a few. I am sure there is lot's more.
    Posted 10-03-2016 at 09:34 AM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
    Updated 10-03-2016 at 09:36 AM by rokytnji
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    Visitors but no comments... (??)

    BTW, those of you who have made it this far... this quest for a simple, easy return to Linux has evolved into quite some personal revelation. Apparently, the world has moved on in unexpected directions, and I am not nearly as well-equipped to deal with the new paradigm as I thought I was.
    Going Linux, especially for old stodgies like me, is going to entail a near-vertical learning curve and total abandonment of the MicroMentality. Buckle up, 'cause Kansas is going bye-bye.
    On the brighter side (if you, too, eschew challenge):
    I learned last night that anyone who even vaguely remembers their DOS will find that abhorrent command-line fixation of Linux to draw you into an environment that seems somehow familiar and comfortable! Some of the commands are identical, as is the overall syntax. What a relief !
    Here's the link to a well-written tutorial I downloaded in PDF format (free); it's as easy and straightforward as it gets, and is sure to take a lot of the Greek out of the Geek on LQ.
    Posted 10-01-2016 at 09:42 AM by danrevell danrevell is offline
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    Visitors but no comments... (??)

    A kind, genteel kick in the loquacity.


    Thank you very much, not just for taking the time to post but for being kind and diplomatic while pointing out a fatal flaw of mine... I am reminded all too often lately that I tend toward verbosity, whether speaking or writing. You are correct, and since I asked for the criticism I will accept it as gallantly as possible, and thank you again.
    Posted 10-01-2016 at 09:07 AM by danrevell danrevell is offline
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    Visitors but no comments... (??)

    While I give you credit for your extensive vocabulary, language that is too long winded or flowery can be a turn-off and maybe that is what is dissuading people from responding. Having said that, even the long established and better quality blogs here don't see that much traffic, and get very little comment, so don't feel singled out by your lack of responses. It's just how it is here on LQ.

    Blogspace is already overflowing with articles of the navel gazing "what is the meaning of linux" type, whose sole purpose seems to be for the author to wax lyrical on some inane nonsense; you can clearly see examples of this from all the crap that gets posted to the 'syndicated linux news' sub-forum. A good start would be to avoid writing those sorts of posts.

    What I'm looking for in a blogpost is either an interesting story, an interesting technical discussion, hints or tips, or just something silly that entertains for a few minutes. As an example Rocket357's blog is one I usually enjoy reading.

    Anyway, 4 entries isn't really enough to get a blog established, so I wouldn't give up just yet... "If you build it, they will come!"

    I hope you found this useful. If not... well at least you got a response.
    Posted 10-01-2016 at 06:40 AM by GazL GazL is offline
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    Hello, and welcome !

    SUCCESS # 1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanx to Yancek, one of the Magnificent 6, I have Ubuntu 12.4.1 onboard and running!!! I am typing this from the browser that came with it (FireFox, unexpectedly voted Users' Choice #1 on LQ just this week, I personally don't use anything else) !!!!!! The site he cited - lost the url, see previous post, I onlyremember it's the "12.4.1" wubi at the bottom of the page -- actually did what it said it would. The wubi downloaded and installed Ubuntu with one click, which is exactly what this blog is about.

    Tan mile mahagut to Yancek, who gets a $50 gift card of his choice and my undying gratitude. Yancek, where do I send that?

    * Ubuntu, for you even-newbier-than-me newbies, is probably the traditional #1 choice of free Linux distros among those living in their mum's basement or just vying for a Guiness entry as "Biggest Cheapskate". It's rather old, like me, and it was my first intrtroduction to the world of Linux, somewhere around Y2K. I loved it then and I love it now.
    Now to be honest, this new install is noticeably sluggish, but it IS the initial boot from a triple-option boot menu, and i AM on an old Pentium D 3Ghz.... 18 Gigabytes sounds to me like an unconscionably LARGE OS for an old machine with an 80-gig harddrive, but I'm betting it warms up and flies next boot, and even moreso when I pare down the Winblows partition and toss the Puppy out. (Linux Puppy is a novelty OS, so tiny that it loaded itself into my ONE Gig of RAM on this machine and flew like a scalded ape. It worked first-time for me, and though the install process may get a little unnerving you might want to try it, while you're struggling to get full-blown Linux onboard. Browser, wordprocessor, spreadsheets, apps and manager, more.... very impressive for 478 Megabytes.)
    Will advise on further experience with Ubuntu 12.4.1, wubi'd flawlessly from.... (see previous post for url)
    Posted 09-02-2016 at 11:28 PM by danrevell danrevell is offline
    Updated 09-30-2016 at 01:34 AM by danrevell (technical adjustment)
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    If you have already succeeded...

    Here is a dot of light from one of the Magnificent Six. It might even WORK, for you... if so, please post your experience here at LINUX 001.

    Never having used wubi before and curious about this, I went to the Ubuntu site at the link below for release 12.04 as that is the last version I was aware of fully supporting wubi. At the bottom of the page, you will see 6 different wubi files. Tried a couple that failed, couldn't find the image file message. The one that worked was "wubi-12.04.1" which I downloaded and ran and it successfully installed Ubuntu on the windows partition. Total time for the entire process including downloading wubi was less than 30 minutes.

    If you use wubi, I would suggest using the older 12.04 as it is a little lighter. The 14.04 has a wubi.exe but 16.04 does not and those are the only two versions besides 12.04 currently supported.

    I'm not sure the process will be that simple for Lubuntu but apparently you can use it also.
    << end quote
    Posted 09-02-2016 at 10:10 PM by danrevell danrevell is offline
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    Hello, and welcome !

    Here's a fine example of what I'm all about here; hope this doesn't get me bashed by one of the moderators. Hey, guys/gals, I LOVE LINUX, it's the INSANITY I'm grinding my axe against!

    Opening page of LQ; first thing I notice is a prominently-placed ad for an Introduction to Linux handbook, "FREE", "download <here>".... maybe the sort of panacea I'm trying to create here?
    Enter my email? What if I don't have one, or it's a morass of spam and old mssgs I still haven't reviewed, or I just don't want to have it sent to my email, I want to DOWNLOAD IT, LIKE YOU SAID??!?
    Ah, no biggy, just my email addy... okay, here....
    ................................. click .....................
    "Enter your" Name, address, age, sex, location, family history, type of work, personal data of your first three white children, browsing habits and criminal activities for which you were never caught or convicted........ HEY !!! IT SAID "FREE DOWNLOAD" !!!! My TIME is not FREE, THIS IS NOT a DOWNLOAD it's a demand for personal information, and I have already wasted the time you should have taken to DOWNLOAD this FREE DOWNLOAD !!! DAMMIT !!!!! ---- kill page.

    Some of you younger folks are probably thinking I'm bonkers and/or off my meds and/or just beefing and grousing... but the world wasn't always like this, and it wasn't always acceptable or expectable for someone to advertise something just to suck you in and waste your time getting your personal data. It falls roughly under the category of "switch-and-bait", and we actually passed laws against this sort of behaviour years ago, not that THAT seems to matter much any more.
    And that's a large part of why old folks are so cranky. WE didn't make subterfuge and scamming the modus operandi, but we sat idly by and let it happen, and now WE are paying for it, same as you younger folk... only we remember when it just wasn't tolerated, let alone the norm.
    Posted 09-02-2016 at 09:23 PM by danrevell danrevell is offline


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