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Old 01-10-2011, 05:26 AM   #1
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Cool First to Linux

I am new here. I am interested to Linux. Where shall i get Linux to install in my computer (home PC). My computer now runs in Micro... What all measures should i do for installing. Is there softwares equivalent to IE, Microsoft office, Adobe etc..
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This web-site will give you an overview:
You will also find the links to the websites of the different distributions.
There you will find the documentation and further info.

I don't use an Office-Suite or "whatever-Adobe-does", but in general you will find the applications that you need.
Most of Microsoft-software you will also find as a free version for Microsoft here:

If i should recommend a distribution for starters i would say one of those:
Debian, Fedora, OpenSuse, PCLinuxOs. Perhaps more.
Of those Debian is said to be difficult, and hence most people recommend Ubuntu instead
(it doesn't come as an installable live-CD, with is kind of a drawback too, at least for beginners).
Old 01-10-2011, 05:40 AM   #3
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Download a CD
Burn it like adviced on the web-site (where you downloaded it), for example here:
Run it as a Live-CD to have a first look.
Make sure your PC does boot from CD.
Old 01-10-2011, 07:14 AM   #4
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There's pretty much of a choice for the Linux distributives.
Link to distrowatch is definitely helpful. This is kind of cockpit for all Linuxes different people do.

I tried several installations, mostly as Live CD versions. My blog can be helpful in your researches.
Old 01-10-2011, 07:37 AM   #5
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just go give a general idea how and what with ubuntu


Depending on your general computer skills you could try
But its MUCH more difficult for a beginner however on the other hand you will learn LOADS of new stuff about linux. besides arch wiki is amazing source of information and covers almost all aspects of linux installation configuration and etc. probably one other thing. try installing linux any one you chose in virtual machine first. just to get a hang of it.

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Old 01-10-2011, 06:54 PM   #6
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Linux or Vista

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Old 01-10-2011, 06:57 PM   #7
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what's better.
Old 01-10-2011, 07:02 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by m2122 View Post
what's better.
That's like asking which is better, apples or oranges. But you are on a Linux forum, so most people would say Linux. If you want complete control of your computer, go Linux. If you like to be told what to do with your computer, go Windows.
Old 01-10-2011, 07:42 PM   #9
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I would highly recommend Mint as it is very easy to learn .Just remember it is NOT windoze so there is a learning curve you will have to get used to.BTW vista sucks BIG TIME!!!!

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As above, Linux is not MS :
Popular distros for beginners include Ubuntu & Mint, see also Fedora & the many many similar threads.
Linux apps equiv to MS


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