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Old 01-05-2009, 12:25 PM   #1
sleepless1971uk
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Hi all, looking for some help (obviously)!!!!
Want to learn linux but which version? Which is the easiest? Has the easiest set up? Has the most tutorials books help and such?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks
Jason
 
Old 01-05-2009, 12:29 PM   #2
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hi Jason,

Welcome to LQ

I would suggest ubuntu
 
Old 01-05-2009, 12:30 PM   #3
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Jason try fedora

for help start here

http://www.linuxtopia.org/online_books/
 
Old 01-05-2009, 12:33 PM   #4
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Download and burn an install DVD. Ubuntu is a good first distribution.
When you get stuck ask here or at the Ubuntu forums.

Mons
PS! Welcome to LQ and Linux
 
Old 01-05-2009, 12:33 PM   #5
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Hi sleepless1971uk,

I'm agreed with repo ubuntu is probably the best chose to start.
If you want to learn you can study the Linux+ certification I think they cover every thing from scratch.

Angel.
 
Old 01-05-2009, 12:38 PM   #6
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IMHO, the larger distro's Ubuntu, Red Hat, SuSE, Mandriva may have the most documentation available, if you are thinking of buying a book in the book store. There is a website www.tldp.org that has a large number of books and howto's available for download. Many distro's have wiki's. You might try different distro's to start with and then stick with the one that works best for you. You can also download live distro's and try them out without needing to perform an installation.

Sometimes there is an ironic situation where a distro is easier to use as long as everything works, but harder to understand, because making "everything just work" adds complexity. Most distro's use HAL/udev/dbus to automatically mount external drives. However, doing it manually with a mount command is a lot simpler to understand. If a drive doesn't automount, it can be difficult finding out what the problem is. ( In this case you can still manually mount the filesystem. )

There may be some magazines in the bookstores that come with a DVD every month. That is a great way to introduce yourself to different Linux distro's. Sometimes they will have a special issue on just that distro, where the entire magazine covers installation and the features of that distro. These magazines tend to be published in England but are available in chain book store in other countries, such as Barnes & Nobels in the US.

Also, look in the distrowatch website. They cover all distro's released.

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Old 01-05-2009, 12:56 PM   #7
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Welcome to LQ!!

Advice:
1. After a few replies here, stop reading and "just do it".
2. Anything in the top ten on the "hit list" at http://distrowatch.com is a good place to start
3. Start with a CD, not a DVD. A CD give you a good basic installation, and it is easy to install more software using the package manager.
 
Old 01-05-2009, 02:19 PM   #8
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You can also try the Linux Distribution Chooser.

http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/
 
Old 01-05-2009, 05:44 PM   #9
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so i am at this moment downloading ubuntu 8.10.
and i will burn the ISO to CD, but how do i install it?

Please make it simple hahahaa
 
Old 01-05-2009, 06:28 PM   #10
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It should create a bootable CD, so just ensure your BIOS is set to check the CD drive a boot time, then follow the prompts.
Here's a good linux tutorial (not UBUNTU specific) http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz
 
Old 01-05-2009, 07:08 PM   #11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sleepless1971uk View Post
so i am at this moment downloading ubuntu 8.10.
and i will burn the ISO to CD, but how do i install it?
Once you boot a Ubuntu CD, the steps are pretty much made obvious.
Quote:
Please make it simple
Linux is like many things in the high-tech world: It is simple when you know how.
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hahahaa
Can't help you here........
 
Old 01-08-2009, 12:11 AM   #12
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Jason,

Having had Fedora, Ubuntu, Mandriva and Linux Mint on my hard drive, I would recommend Linux Mint for you. Linux Mint is basically Ubuntu with all the multimedia codecs built in. Linux Mint also has a lot of other improvements and cool inovations compared with Ubuntu as well, and most of the tutorials concerning Ubuntu are also valid for Linux Mint.
Good luck!
 
  


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