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Old 01-31-2008, 09:29 AM   #1
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Can anyone help me

Hi I am really interested in linux but I donít know how to start it . Can anyone help me on this.

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Old 01-31-2008, 09:36 AM   #2
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welcome to LQ!

There are a zillion ways to start. Basically, you download a CD image from one of the many websites, burn a CD, boot from that CD. Most versions now come as a "live CD" which lets you run Linux without installing it. For info on all the various versions, go to

You can download a version of Linux directly from LQ (Main menu ---> Download)

The "getting started" link below might help also.
Old 01-31-2008, 09:56 AM   #3
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Short note before burning the image, if you haven't written image files onto CD/DVD discs before: the procedure is not a standard data burn, but a "special" image burn. If you are uncertain on how to do it with your CD/DVD-writer software, and are doing it in Windows, try out ImgBurn which makes the process very simple.

An advice: don't create a thread about "which distribution suits me best" topic. Read a few of them here and learn why It's better to blind-shoot, pick up one distribution (preferably among the "big" ones at first) and try it out, then try another if the first one wasn't good, than to start listening to a thousand different opinions about what is good and what is bad.
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I also recommend checking out

It's a linux podcast thats aimed for new users so I recommend going back to the first episode and working your way forward.
Old 01-31-2008, 12:12 PM   #6
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I strongly recommend reading Running Linux. Even though I already had Unix user experience, this introduced me to how to administrate a system (which is what you'll be doing), and answered a lot of my questions in advance.

Try a LiveCD first: PCLinuxOS, Knoppix and Slax are great, although I think PCLinuxOS gets you the best experience for a LiveCD. You can read my story about moving over to Linux here.

I have since moved on to Slackware Linux. I believe that people think Linux users are "advanced" because it's so easy to become "advanced" using Linux.

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