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Old 12-01-2003, 02:30 AM   #1
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How to download Linux? and a couple other questions...

Ok, i want to introduce my family to linux. So i picked SuSE 9.0 'cause they did not like my RedHat 9 , and cause of the eye candy, but im obviously not a linux guru, but im not a linux newbie, I just never done this before. so i need help. How do I get linux off the internet, it says get the ISO images off the mirrors(I don't have a cd burner, so im booting froma floppy[Ithinks that right]) so what do i get? Im just searching the network and im coming up empty. So could soemone give me a step by step walkthrough on how to do this? and my other question is, does SuSE linux take forever to start-up with system checks, or is that just RedHat?(Its the only thing im afraid of, since they imediatly hated my RedHat 9.0, because it took SO DAMN LONG to start up, doesnt realy bother me, but it bothered them.) They want something else other then windows to use for multi-media, because they don't want to have one of those days where winodoze becomes sluggish, or they have to update windoze, restart it because it crashed, and one of the big reasons is that they hate it when they cant play a video clip because there media player is OOD, and/or they dont have the Multi-Media software to play it. Thanx.
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hmm... I'll comment on your first question. RedHat Linux 9 does a normal Linux bootup with running all the daemons, etc. The newest SuSE has a pretty screen (like WIndows has on bootup) over all that for most of the bootup. However so does Fedora COre 1 (which is basically the next version of RedHat Linux). All these, and pretty much any Linux, will take the same amount of time to boot and will do the same things (loading all the daemons in the proper runlevels, etc) on bootup so I doubt one distro will load faster than another.

As far as not scaring the family, the ones with the pretty loading bar images over that stuff (Fedora's is prettier) are better. They look like they take less time to boot too (purely a psycological thing).

Also FYI my RedHat Linux 9 and Fedora Core 1 systems take nearly the exact amount of time to boot as Windows 2000 Pro on my desktop. Also on my laptop either distro boots faster than Windows 2000 Pro.

You can get Fedora at (there are nice instructions there) and SuSE is harder to find downloadable because they'd like you to buy it but some ISO sites have it. Someone will post a link here probably. There are probably a bunch of other distros with the pretty boot screen now as well.
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Old 12-01-2003, 06:29 PM   #4
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Thanx, but like i said before im not a linux guru, this was my first linux i used, distro and i was hooked. so thanx for covering that part up.


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