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Old 03-06-2007, 01:14 AM   #1
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Newbie of Linux: need help on choosing and downloading distribution

Hello everybody,

I am newbie on Linux, and this forum too, so maybe this question has been asked before, or not in right place, but may I still post it here.

1. Is Fedora is the most popular distribution, especial for new comer? Because of many help available? What is the difference of Fedora with other distribution?

2. I want to download a Fedora LiveCD, but I cannot download it from website of Redhat ( When I click the file, it return a .html file, I open it and get a message:

ISA Server: extended error message :
200 Switching to Binary mode.
550 Permission denied.

What is the problem?

3. Why Linux is open source, but if I want to download it from some website, I still have to pay?

Thank you very much.
Old 03-06-2007, 01:53 AM   #2
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Find the "Download Linux" in the "Main menu" box on the right side of this page.
Fedora is there with a list of mirrors.
Old 03-06-2007, 02:01 AM   #3
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Hi I am new and would like to download linux, but I have no idea what I am doing. I am also pretty computer illiterate so I do not know what a lot of the terms mean that are in the download area. Someone please help. Thanks
Old 03-06-2007, 02:33 AM   #4
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Go to and click on "Distributions" on the left side, On the next page there are three drop down menus towards the bottom, go through all three and select what is appropriate for you situation. (Language, mainstream, Intel for Intel processor etc.) Then click "Go". On the next page, read a little about each distribution and make a selection, pick one that catches your attention if you like, there are many so it's hard to say which is best but Fedora does have it's challenges, but it does seem to be popular. For easy to install and get along with, Ubuntu and Mandriva also seems to be popular with Newbies.
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Moved: This thread is more suitable in Linux Distributions and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.
Old 03-06-2007, 09:20 PM   #6
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Thank every body very much. I have some ideal about Linux already. Thanks Junior Hacker, now I am downloading some distributions to see. I try first by download Damn Small Linux and run it by VirtualPC, and have a feel of it now. But still some problems:

1. Linux has too many new term with a new comer. Most start with some words that not easy to remember or understand (z, xl, mnt ...), not like Windows. To get familiar with, I think I have to download and read many books. Now I start with Comprehensive Linux Textbook found on wiki. Is that when you start with Linux, you have to learn too many thing like that? And when you want to change to another distro, do you have to re-learn all?

2. Now I try with Damn Small Linux LiveCD. Some time, the virtual machine have problem: some program still running good (I guess so because after double-click, a window appear), but some program not running any more: no error, no CPU usage increase, no harddisk access... But after restart, then every thing good. Is that the common problem of program that run from CD? (I met that kind of problem when I use WinPE too). How to solve this?

Good day all!

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Old 03-06-2007, 09:58 PM   #7
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Summary from elsewhere:

Linux - hard and fast learning curve
Windows - slow and long learning curve

If you learn RedHat you must re-learn for Debian. But, thanks to the LSB the relearning is minimal (mostly the same commands, mostly the same locations, exact same logic, etc). If you learn Linux, you don't need to relearn anything. I define learning Linux as knowing, eg:
a) Everything forks from /sbin/init
b) Common init methods are BSD-style or SysV-style
c) The Kernel is the core of everything
d) All GUI use, a fork of MIT's XFree86.
e) The most distinctive thing is the package manager, but source is always consistent.

Each distro has it's tools to manipulate the Unix-like system, but if you know Linux you can just by-pass the tools and work directly with what everything has in common.

I don't mean to advertise a particular approach, but I went from SuSE to Gentoo. These two systems are at completely opposite ends of the idealogical spectrum. SuSE told me what "major" programs I liked (K3B, Kile, KOffice, Amarok, Emacs, etc.) then a Gentoo stage 1 [stages no longer exist] - which I did about a year later - building the system up slowly, and always manually, showed me the tree that the system runs on. Generally speaking, I'd consider myself competent at Linux... I can now read man(2) without confusion ['course that Operating Systems course might have helped there...]


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