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Old 04-19-2006, 07:48 AM   #1
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Burn linux to a cd


Ive never downloaded linux befor ive always borrowed a cd from someone who has it on there.

is it difficult to burn to cd..

how do i put it on a cd?

Ive head things about putting it to an iso imiage but do they come downloaded with the iso imiage so i can just send them straight to a cd?

any help would be great.

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All you need to do is download the ISO images (typically 600-700 MB) and then burn them to CD using whatever software you have, selecting the "burn image" option. You do not want to burn them to the CDs as regular files, as you won't be able to boot from the CDs. Nero has an option to burn images and I expect most (if not all) burning software has a similar option (although, I don't think the software that's part of Windows has such a facility, I could be wrong though). If you're burning under Linux, then you'll be able to burn images with cdrecord.
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I've downloaded Red Hat (prior to Fedora's existence), Fedora, Mandrake/Mandriva, and OpenSuse. Each of those distros I downloaded were iso files. After downloading your distro, use a program like k3b to burn the image to disc. In my case, I click on Tools->Burn CD image and leave the defaults except for write speed. I've had issues when trying to burn at greater than 8x, so I drop the write speed down to 8x. When you view the contents of the CD/DVD, you will notice the contents has been converted from iso file to its proper files and directories.

Good Luck.
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Thanks alot for the help.

Do you know if nero is free or not?
if not do you have any idea where i can find some kind of burning software so i can put it to cd?

im using windows at the moment and its a clean install of windows ive done.
Old 04-19-2006, 08:16 AM   #5
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No nero is not free , the linux downloadable version is but requires a valid license.

could give those a shot
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thank you everyone for the help.

Im downloading a free trial version of nero so i can burn linux onto it.
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I was about to suggest using the trial version of Nero, or the following is a good and free CD burning tool for Windows - Both of these will allow you to burn .iso images to CD.

By the way, which distribution did you go for, James? Not that it's important... I'm just curious
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Originally Posted by Nylex
I don't think the software that's part of Windows has such a facility, I could be wrong though).
It does not by default, but there is a Windows shell extension that adds the ability to the XP burning app. It can be found here:


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