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Old 04-17-2013, 06:02 PM   #16
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It's odd, but back in the day before Windows came on the scene, i was quite happy working from the command line. Then came my TRS80, my CoCo and the Commodore 64. Then Windows appeared. Bin downhill since then.
I was also almost orgasmic when i got a 10 MB Connor hard disk drive for my 8088 or was it 8086? (senility creeping in). Motherboards were-component through and you attended up with 100's of holes in your thigh if you momentarily placed it on your lap, no such thing as large scale integrated circuits's and surface mounting. Oh, and full-height hard drives sounded like Harleys when they booted up.
Now i have forgotten most things and i am now at LinuxMint (after fiddling with Redhat, Ubuntu and 11ty million others). I am a very slow learner and technology changes very quickly so i take my time and take heart from Lennies comments as i keep on breaking things (except now i don't accept partioning into the distro's choice but keep /home on a separate partition which makes for keeping hold of docs, pictures and downloads and some configs, e.g. Firefox and Thunderbird.
Old 04-17-2013, 06:31 PM   #17
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Suprisingly easily!

1) Needed:

At least 2GB USB thumb drive
Ubuntu (whatever version you want)
Unetbootin software

Go download yourself Ubuntu (recommended highly for beginners like I was about six months ago)
Then run unetbootin. Select the ubuntu ISO.

Then click start. Wait for it to finish.

Reboot your computer, pop the flash drive in and let the Ubuntu install begin.

2) Alternatively, if you dont want to have to reboot or use netbootin...

Go to the VMware website and download VMware player or go get Virtualbox (both free)

Install either application, and go through the virtual machine setup wizard (both vmware player and virtualbox
have a new virtual machine set up wizard), point it to the ISO Ubuntu image you downloaded, select your hardware preferences, finish the wizard, then click start or "run" the vm. Once the VM loads up, it will boot up as if you were loading it onto a physical computer.

These two methods are generally universal for any linux distro you are trying to test. They are, in my opinion, by far the easiest and quickest way to test out a linux distro with the latter method being the absolute quickest.

If you want more details I am willing to post screenshots of a step by step setup for you. Just let me know if you need the help!

Thanks....from one n00b to another
Old 04-17-2013, 06:35 PM   #18
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To get this thread back on track.

@mnyakiti: Here are some links that might help you get a fast start. Be sure to look at the tuturials that these sights provide.

Try installing an operating system such as Linux Mint or Ubuntu, and come back here to ask questions when you need help with your new operating systems.

Hope this helps and have fun!

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Old 04-18-2013, 06:41 AM   #19
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Thanks friends for your contributions. I now have options LFS/Mint/Ubuntu and know where to get help as well. I may have to explore Mint and move on to others to perfect my skills.

Old 04-18-2013, 10:32 AM   #20
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Little did you know such a simple question would create such a thread of replies! I think Mint is a great choice for a first Linux distribution. Good luck and enjoy!
Old 05-02-2013, 11:08 AM   #21
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A good 'Rute' into Linux

I understand that this is marked as solved, but I just wanted to stick my oar in the water... I often feel quite bad that I get so much help from old threads and never really add something back for others.

IMO do as has been said ('Lennie' puts it well) and install something like Mint, or some version of a *buntu (not used either myself, but I hear good things) just to get yourself a working distro that you can start doing something within.
In my case it was Mepis that got me an up and running Linux box in the dim and distant past. I had been getting nowhere with RedHat and Mandrake on a few year old sub 1GHz AMD desktop.

Then get something else to play and learn with, that way its not such a big deal if you do cause yourself problems. I am also a believer in you do your best learning when something is broke and you have to get stuck in and really learn to sort it ...without being spoon fed all the right answers.

I like Slackware. IMO, it seems to do things in a simple and sane way and you can get a good and quick running box on some quite old hardware. There is far too much older hardware sitting doing nothing. Or even worse, getting binned for my liking.

You can get some good, be it older, hardware for next to nothing if you are willing to try, I got a bunch of IBM 330 xSeries 1U rack servers for a great price (about 5 quid each ! they had the fancy [C2T ?] cables with them, else they are not worth it) and just needed something installed on them.

But any bog standard box will do, I also have a few Athlon XP2500/Asus a7n and Opteron/DFI boxes that can do everyday stuff just as fast as something built in the last year ...but costing a 100x less.

The biggest help in really getting to grips was when I found the 'Rute' admin book and just set to work going thru it line by line, reading and then typing in the examples and trying out what I had just read about. The two Slackware books were also good, but the Rute users made me learn.
It is getting old, but the basics are just that.

LINUX: Rute Userís Tutorial and Exposition

The first link is an online HTML guide the second a .pdf to download.
Old 05-03-2013, 05:45 AM   #22
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Ok, After you find the suitable distribution for you. Here are some links of websites, which have some nice tutorials on linux.


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