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Old 02-29-2012, 11:55 PM   #1
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Smile A new comer to linux and i want a way to install it to my PC from A to Z

I have no idea about this system but i heard and sure of its benefits so i want a good copy / Link to this system to download and the way to install it on my hard
Old 03-01-2012, 12:54 AM   #2
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Hello and welcome to LinuxQuestions,

You can learn everything you want to learn about something even if you have no idea at all. LinuxQuestions however is not the place to come to if you're looking for installation guides. Those can be found in abundant numbers on the internet. When you follow one of the guides from the internet and encounter problems, that's when you turn to LQ for answers. That exactly is when you'll find us at our best. Some starting points, read the links below to get a first idea about the differences between Linux and Windows (since that seems to be what you're using).
Linux is not Windows
FAQ for Linux newbies

After that go over to to get an idea of what's available and download some newbie friendly distributions like Linux Mint or one of the *buntus. Most of them are LiveCDs so you can just boot from them and get a first feel without even installing anything to harddisk. This also gives you the advantage to check if your hardware is supported by that distribution.

Once you've made a choice on what you'll be installing, search Google for installation guides.

Looking forward to your participation in the forums. Have fun with Linux.

Kind regards,

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First of all, welcome.
on topic : the first thing you should do when installing Linux is deciding whether you want to be (a) just a user (I also put advanced GUI users into this category; this is for those afraid of the command line), or (b) you want to learn about the internals.
Second (only applicable of you answered b to the previous question) you should decide how to delve in : either (c) gradually or (d) hop right in.

Depending on this choice, you should select an appropriate distribution (as mentioned before, distrowatch should help there).

I also suggest experimenting with different spins/distros to find the one that suits you best. In the age ov virtual machines, this shouldn't be too hard.

Every distribution has an install guide, check their respective websites/wikis.

Old 03-01-2012, 03:35 PM   #4
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Two distros that are easy and have good manuals are

Read the manuals available on these pages and you can see what you are going to get. Then download the live disks for each and try them out. The styles are very different, but one or the other should appeal.

The introductions mentioned by Eric are also useful.

The reason why I've suggested Mepis and SalineOS is that the documentation is good; Mint is good, but the documentation relates mostly to their main version which is in a state of flux at the moment.
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Here are easy 1-2-3 instructions to download, evaluate, and (if you are pleased with the trial run in "live" mode) install Ubuntu, which is the most popular Linux distribution for 1st time users:


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