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Old 11-18-2010, 10:25 PM   #1
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I am a newcomer of Linux, could you tell me how can I install Linux to my PC?

Dear All,

I am a new comer of Linux. I only have Fedora 13 inside the virtual machine. Could you tell me how can I install Linux to my PC? How can I install it to my PC? Not at the virtual machine.

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Nice walkthrough.
Old 11-18-2010, 10:36 PM   #3
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Short version:

1. Download the *.iso(s) for your chosen distro. See the "Download Linux" link on the LQ Main Menu in the sidebar.

2. Burn them to CD/DVD. Make sure to use the feature in your burning program to "burn from image" or some such wording to recreate the installation disks. If you just copy the *.iso file to a disk, all you will have is a copy of the file, not an installation CD. I know. I've done it even after I should have known better.

3. Back up all important data on the target computer to external removable media.

4. Run the installation disc(s) and follow the prompts.

If you search youtube for "install Linux," you will find links to lots of tutorials from Linux users.

I've also done some "Installing X Linux" posts with lots of pictures at Geekazine, a blog I contribute to from time to time.

IMPORTANT: If you want to have a dual boot computer, search the chosen distro's website on how to install for dual boot. Some distros installation discs will ask whether you want dual boot and offer to set it up automatically. Others expect you to handle the set up.
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If you have Fedora in your virtual machine, you should already be a bit familiar with the installer, so I don't think that it will be a problem.
At first you need a CD with your installation disc. You can use the image you have used to install your virtual machine, or better you get a new one with Fedora 14. You can burn that to disk with the freeware tool ImgBurn. Then, really important, backup your valuable data, if you did not already have done that.
After that, restart your computer and boot from the CD you have burnt. Follow the instructions from the installer. You did not mention if you want to keep your Windows, or replace it with Windows, so make sure you are making the right decisions when it comes to partitioning your harddisk. Resize your Windows-partition if you want to keep Windows, otherwise delete it, and then let the installer create partitions in the free space. After that just follow the instructions as you have done in the virtual machine. Let the installer install the Bootloader Grub in the master boot record, and voila, install done.
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Thank you for all your kind replies. I am going to try it.

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It looks like you're using xp,
cdburnerxp works well.

Download and select run also make sure that you select the box to make it default iso-burner.


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