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Old 04-06-2014, 07:07 PM   #1
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Smile Linux installation


=)

This is my first post here..

I just got an old computer from my mother. I would like to install linux on it...

Is it possible to download some file to create a boot disc that will install linux without so much work nowadays?

I tried this ten years ago but back then advanced computer skills were needed (my experience anyway..)

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Old 04-06-2014, 08:02 PM   #2
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Yep, they all do. Most (all ?) run in a liveCD mode where you run Linux from a CD/DVD/USB and it doesn't affect your system at all so you can try it out. Also allows you to get some machine specs for us so we can advise further.
Ubuntu is pretty popular - see here for the download - scroll down for links to pages on how to use the resulting .iso file to create a USB/DVD on Windows.

BTW, you may feel you're getting into Linux from scratch, but LFS is another, separate distribution. I'll request this gets moved somewhere more appropriate.

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Old 04-07-2014, 07:19 AM   #3
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Cool!

I did some looking around on my own and found a distribution called "puppy linux". It made me laugh, and it seems to be a nice system for me since my computer is pretty old.

I learned that it is possible to install linux from a USB-stick also. Easier than burning a cd I suppose..


LFS is that for choosing which programs i want to have?
http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/...ter01/how.html
 
Old 04-07-2014, 07:38 AM   #4
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Not exactly; more like building it from scratch ie source code ... Probably not a good starting point for you; maybe later if you really get into it.

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Old 04-07-2014, 08:00 AM   #5
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Puppy is a good starter distro. I had some trouble getting wifi to work sometimes with it but that was mostly from not putting in enough effort. Regular network cards work great and its great about guiding you around when you need help.

It's not the most beautiful looking OS though but I'm pretty sure its modifiable when you get ready for that part.
 
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:23 AM   #6
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Ok, good i will use the ethernet cable for the internet connection. I do not think the old thing even has a wifi..

The current OS is Windows XP. Any suggestions for a good version of Puppy to choose?
 
Old 04-07-2014, 10:26 AM   #7
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Personally I would follow this link

http://puppylinux.org/main/Long-Term...ed%20Puppy.htm

Since its for the Long Term Support release which will mean if you have questions there will be more people able to help out. Or usually that's the case.
 
Old 04-07-2014, 10:36 AM   #8
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The site seems to be down.. I´ll have a look again in a while.
 
Old 04-07-2014, 09:46 PM   #9
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I really enjoy Puppy Lucid. I run it from a Live CD. You can even encrypt the filesystem. It is fast! I run it on my laptop that I bought in 2006, which has 512mb of shared ram. You will need to have a way to burn the iso to a CD if you want the Live CD. Other folks have put Puppy on a usb stick. I've seen posts in this forum of people doing just that, within the last 1 or 2 weeks.

Good Luck!
 
Old 04-07-2014, 11:57 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by timgri View Post
The site seems to be down.. I´ll have a look again in a while.
You can use the following to help to0 download & verify the ISO image on a Windows/Xp machine;
Quote:
M$Windows:
Windows Burn tutorial <- 'Nero' Live Video for the newbies who burn the iso instead of the image of the iso.
Imgburn <- 'ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit!' + Freeware
-- MD5SUM:
M$Windows iso md5sum checking <- LQ Post on how too
md5sum.exe <- M$Win Application to perform md5sum checking.
winMd5Sum Portable <- FREE + Good for all M$ Windows

The above links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
I do suggest that you use a slow burn rate, 4 should provide a valid burn of the ISO image. Please be sure to burn the ISO image.

BTW, Puppy Linux(LTS) site seems to be working .

Hope this helps.

 
Old 04-08-2014, 04:38 AM   #11
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I got another tip on the puppy forum:

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/vie...=769987#769987

I downloaded the pendrive on
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/xboot-m...o-usb-creator/

It works for among others the 4.3.1 puppy release. I download this on: http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=05720

So now it soon downloaded and I will see if it works... =)
 
Old 04-08-2014, 05:35 AM   #12
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It works!!!

And the guide to activate the internet connection was really nice =)
 
Old 04-08-2014, 08:40 AM   #13
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