LinuxQuestions.org
Latest LQ Deal: Complete CCNA, CCNP & Red Hat Certification Training Bundle
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 10-20-2007, 07:49 PM   #1
jasneskis
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2007
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: 0
Question downloading linux, redhat onto a windows laptop


I have always wanted Linux ever since I first heard of it. Can I just download Redhat or another Linux program recommended onto a windows lap top and began using it or do I have to uninstall windows first?
I have just found your site, so now maybe I can do what I have been wanting to do, with your help.

Last edited by jasneskis; 10-20-2007 at 07:59 PM. Reason: I didn't know what a tag was and at the bottom I put my name again and I would like to remove it.
 
Old 10-20-2007, 08:34 PM   #2
{BBI}Nexus{BBI}
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Location: Nottingham, UK
Distribution: Mageia 5, Linux Lite
Posts: 4,312

Rep: Reputation: 210Reputation: 210Reputation: 210
Which ever distro you choose to download, will more than likely be in a xxxx.iso format, which you will need to burn to disc using the option to make a data cd/dvd from an iso or image. After that you will need to boot from the disc and the installation wizard process will begin (Unless you download a Live CD in which case you can run GNU/Linux from the disc and install when ready using the provided desktop icon). GNU/Linux will happily co-exist alongside winblows, you will be given the opportuninty to resize your partition (or have the installation wizard do this automatically for you) to allow the installation of GNU/Linux whilst retaining your original winblows installation. In any case, backup any personal data you wish to keep before attempting installation.

Last edited by {BBI}Nexus{BBI}; 10-20-2007 at 08:36 PM.
 
Old 10-20-2007, 08:37 PM   #3
pixellany
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Annapolis, MD
Distribution: Arch/XFCE
Posts: 17,802

Rep: Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738
Live CD is now the way to start--almost all distros have a live CD version.

My "getting started" link below might help also.
 
Old 10-20-2007, 08:54 PM   #4
jay73
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Nov 2006
Location: Belgium
Distribution: Ubuntu 11.04, Debian testing
Posts: 5,019

Rep: Reputation: 130Reputation: 130
One can't normally install Linux on any windows partition. There is a gparted livecd available which can shrink your ntfs partition so that you end up with part of the space unallocated where you can install Linux. If you have multiple ntfs partitions, however, it can be as easy a simply formatting one and using that instead. Alternatively, some Linux distros come with an installer that includes the ability to shrink ntfs. I'd still recommend gparted, though. Your distro will install GRUB so that you can select the OS you want to boot into, without any limits that I'm aware off. You could easily install a hundred or more operating systems on a single computer.

Quote:
you will need to burn to disc using the option to make a data cd/dvd from an iso or image
I'm afraid that this part could be confusing. The one thing the OP should not do is burn the iso as a data cd/dvd. It needs to be burnt as an iso (some burning applications call it "burn image").

Last edited by jay73; 10-20-2007 at 09:02 PM.
 
Old 10-21-2007, 12:33 AM   #5
jasneskis
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2007
Posts: 2

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Question I've always wanted Linux

Thank you for your reply. I'm afraid, from what you said I am not ready to install Linux and will have to remain stuck with windows. I am a newbie and I didn't understand anything you wrote. It is all over my head.
Thank you for trying.
 
Old 10-21-2007, 01:01 AM   #6
wraithe
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2006
Location: Australia
Distribution: Linux... :-)
Posts: 241
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by jasneskis View Post
Thank you for your reply. I'm afraid, from what you said I am not ready to install Linux and will have to remain stuck with windows. I am a newbie and I didn't understand anything you wrote. It is all over my head.
Thank you for trying.
dont quit, heres something basic for you...

Download this http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html for knoppix or this http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download for ubuntu...(tick box for alternate, just below download button)

Knoppix is just a version of linux and ubuntu is also but a little different, if you have time to get them, then try both, one will be nicer than the other...

once you have downloaded them, open an application like nero or nti and burn them to disc as an image...you will find that in the opening section of nti or nero or what ever app you use for burning...

then once burnt to disc you can reboot your machine and set it too "boot from cdrom", these two distros are live discs, which means you dont need to install them, just run them and find if you like linux...after you have played with it for a while, then you can learn about installing, but at first just run live boot discs, saves headaches and having to learn things that most average people dont know when first exposed to linux...

By using a live boot disc, it will not touch the data or any info on your harddrive and as such will leave your existing operating system(windows) in tact and safe from damage....

some terms used here maybe a little over the top, so just ask what people mean, some just like to sound knowledgable, where i have enough problem writing the words in english, good thing i dont know anyother language, isnt it....

good luck and hope to hear how it goes...
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
downloading wirless PC acrd for laptop running fed redhat 5.0.32 mara33 Linux - Wireless Networking 4 03-15-2007 03:30 PM
acer laptop freezes when downloading from internet assettt Linux - Newbie 2 09-17-2006 08:08 AM
Connecting Windows XP laptop to Redhat Box vis Parallel cable RickyM Linux - Networking 4 05-07-2004 09:01 AM
Downloading Linux software to Windows. wittml Linux - Newbie 2 04-16-2004 06:56 PM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:15 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration