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Old 12-17-2007, 03:34 AM   #1
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How to Format & Install DSL 3.0.1

I never used Linux system before, so this is the first time for me. Recently, I received a copy of the DSL 3.0.1 with a magazine. The disk contain only one file name as "dsl-3.0.1.iso".

I have a computer with Pentium III processor and Windows 2000 operating system. I would like to format (for deleting Windows OS) the computer with Linux system (with DSL 3.0.1 software), so that I can install and use only the DSL 3.0.1 (Linux system only).

As I am completely new in Linux system, I need step by step help, such as

(i) Is the "dsl-3.0.1.iso" file is enough for formating the computer.
(ii) How to boot the computer with the "dsl-3.0.1.iso" file,
(iii) How to format the hard disk with the DSL 3.0.1
(iv) How to install the DSL 3.0.1 in the hard disk
(v) where can I get other software (word processor & others) for the Linux system etc.

It would be highly appreciated if any Linux forum member can do me this favour.

My apology for all inconvenience.

Old 12-17-2007, 03:48 AM   #2
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Here are a few suggestions:

first of all I would try to get a live cd like e.g. knoppix to boot from and to test, if linux is running well on your system (especially your hardware) without touching your windows installation.

if this works you should just burn the "dsl-3.0.1.iso" file to a cd and boot from it. therefore, you perhaps need to change the boot order in your bios.

formatting is done by the linux installation program usually. but there is also the option to create a dual-booting system with windows and linux on the same harddisk in parallel. you will find a lot of information about this in linuxquestions (search!)

other software you usually don't need, because everything is included usually. I don't know how much is included in dsl, but in opensuse e.g. you find everything you can imagine. also there is no problem to get additional software. you could either include a software repository with packed packages in rpm-format to install software for your distribution OR you could compile it by your own directly from source.


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