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jocom 10-24-2005 08:39 AM

free download of Linux version

is there anyone who knows a site where i can legal download linux free
or is this illegal?
i dont know if its possible but i couldn't find it anywhere.
if it's illegal tell me?


mr_demilord 10-24-2005 08:43 AM

It's perfectly legal to download a distro. < is a list of the most known distro's

There are some versions that you have to buy, Linspire for example, thats because they use propriate software in it like macromedia flash, sun java, real player.
BUT if you download a distro and install it, you can install the propriate software also ;)

Suse can be downloaded here
Fedora here

to name a few

mjjzf 10-24-2005 09:03 AM

Why do people always point to Distrowatch for beginners? It is totally useless for people who do not know the basics and the basic distributions. The only page there which might be of use is the list of major distributions.

jocom 10-24-2005 09:09 AM

well i very thx u
all right i undrestand very many thx

which distro do prefer most
i'm now running RH7 at the moment
but i understood its a little bit old version
so now im looking for a better one
can u tell me one please

thx a lot


jocom 10-24-2005 09:14 AM

or by the way
do u also have to pay for the
red hat version???

i dont know i'm only using red hat 2 weeks :$:$

Ahmed 10-24-2005 09:22 AM

No you don't have to pay for RH7. That's a free distribution. The only Red Hat Distribution you have to pay for is Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). I suggest you use RH7 for the moment, to get used to Linux for now. If you want a Distro similar to Red Hat, get Fedora Core (latest version is FC4).

I'd suggest these distros: Ubuntu, Fedora, Mepis, SuSE, Mandrake,.. Check out the list of major distributions on Distrowatch like OSourceDiplomat suggested. It'll give you a basic idea about the different distros. Welcome to the world of Linux where (almost) everything is free and legal :)


vangelis 10-24-2005 09:25 AM

if you used red hat then and you are surely to try fedora core 4, more gui tools and much easier.
I'd suggest you to give a try for SuSE
check the links "mr_demilord " has provided above

Ahmed 10-24-2005 09:26 AM

Oh and if you want some good online courses for understanding how Linux works, how to use the command line, etc etc, click here . Good luck


jocom 10-24-2005 09:28 AM

thx i already thought that but didnt knew if it was true

but id like to use a newer version
because, if i'm right, RH7 does not support USB
is that right

i couldnt find it and i want to get some files from my USB-stick to my PC

could u tell me???

thx jocom

SkyEye 10-24-2005 09:46 AM

First of all Welcome to LQ, jocom!

Then, you might not have seen LQ ISOs section. Check that too.

If you really want to use a RPM based distro try one of these (RH 7, 8, 9 are outdated) - Fedora Core (currently 4), CentOS (currently 4.2), and others have mentioned quite a few other distros. As they said Fedora is a community based Red Hat funded project, where CentOS is a clone which uses original RH Enterprice Linux sources.

jocom 10-24-2005 09:56 AM

i'm sorry taht im such a newbie
but wots RPM :$:$
i donno
and can u tell me how i can get my files off my USB-stick to my PC with a pc running RH7

i hope someone can


PS LQ is really fantastic

jocom 10-24-2005 10:23 AM

but could u just give me 1 version, i dont care which just if it is good, im ok!!
which i can easily download, burn, install on my other PC
and by the way does anybody know how to change the resolution on RH7

srry for all my questions i hope u can help

SkyEye 10-24-2005 10:23 AM

Well, RPM stands for Red Hat package Manager. This is a system of handling software in your computer. You'll get to see .rpm (some-package.rpm) files in RPM based distros. If you have used Windows think of a .rpm file similar (not equal) to a .msi file in Windows.

There are four main package management systems (and many others) in Linux distributions. Red Hat, SuSE, Mandriva, Fedora, CentOS uses RPM. Debian, Ubuntu, Knoppix, Xandros uses APT system (.deb packages) Gentoo uses a system called partage. And Slackware uses .tar.gz, .tar.bz2, tgz alike packages. There are sevelar others. Basically they all do the same thing; manage packages of software.

About your other issue, mounting an USB stick (pen drive), please search though LQ. You'll find a lot of resources to help you.

SkyEye 10-24-2005 10:32 AM


Originally posted by jocom
but could u just give me 1 version, i dont care which just if it is good, im ok!!
which i can easily download, burn, install on my other PC
and by the way does anybody know how to change the resolution on RH7

srry for all my questions i hope u can help

You could try Fedora Core (4 is the current release).

And to change resolution there's a command which starts with "redhat-config-" it should end with something like "display" or "xfree86". Try typing redhat-config- and press the tab key twice to see available commands.

Again, please search and read the past threads & postings in LQ.

Note: If your graphic card is Trident you might have troubles with Fedora Core 4. If that's the case or for exact details, check Hardware Compatibility Lists.

jocom 10-24-2005 11:10 AM

very very thank u skyeye and all the others

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