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Old 06-30-2015, 03:44 PM   #1
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i have heard about linux but NEVER tried to get to know it. i would like to start it new on a laptop but just don't understand it any help ?
 
Old 06-30-2015, 05:00 PM   #2
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i have heard about linux but NEVER tried to get to know it. i would like to start it new on a laptop but just don't understand it any help ?
Go to distrowatch.com to get an overview of available distros.
Pick one for you, the list on the site's right hand side is an indicator of popularity.

Ideally pick one that is available as a live system and either burn it on a dvd or create a bootable flash drive.
A live system allows you to boot into the system without making any modification to your hard drive.
You might have to change the boot priority in your BIOS to boot from the DVD / usb drive.

Repeat with several distros until you find the one that suits you best.
Then do a quick websearch "installation instructions <name of chosen distro>".
And then follow these. Come back here if you have any questions in the process.

Welcome to LQ.org and have fun!! :-)
 
Old 06-30-2015, 06:41 PM   #3
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i have heard about linux but NEVER tried to get to know it. i would like to start it new on a laptop but just don't understand it any help ?
Hi...

Welcome to the forum

What brand and model (and model number) is your computer? This will also have some influence as to which distribution you should use.

Regards...

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Old 06-30-2015, 09:32 PM   #4
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Linux is not Windows. It's not hard, but it is different. Do not expect it to behave under the hood the way Windows behaves.

About.com has a pretty good section on Linux, including an intro to Linux specifically aimed towards new users.

Going Linux is also a great resource.

There are many Linux distros. Persons new to Linux are sometimes overwhelmed with the amount of choice.

Whichever one you pick for starters, I'd recommend sticking with it for at least three months so you get the hang of how Linux works before trying another one. If your current computer is brawny enough, you might want set up a virtual machine using something like VirtualBox. In that way, you can try out a few distros (distributions, Linux for different flavors of Linux). You could also look at trying distros in live mode.

Distros I'd recommend considering include Mint (MATE), Mageia, Debian, OpenSUSE. I used to run Ubuntu on a couple of machines, but Ubuntu lost me when they came out with the Unity desktop. Fedora is also an excellent distro, but it's too cutting edge and releases new versions too quickly for my taste. I started with Slackware, and I'm glad I did, but it's not to everyone's taste.

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Old 07-01-2015, 01:51 AM   #5
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mr_dave,
like others suggested i would start with distrowatch (maybe the top 10) to get an overview.
if some distro catches your eye, go to their website and see if you can find installation instructions that suit your level.
if not, choose another distro and repeat the process until you find installation instructions that suit your level.
i do not recommend using some random blog installation article.
 
Old 07-01-2015, 02:09 AM   #6
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If you want something that you can quickly burn, load and go; try one of the versions of Puppy Linux. I think it is Lucid Puppy that allows you to choose your web browser. I was using it for the longest time. As were the wife and kids. What's nice about Puppy is that it makes no changes to your system (with the exception of creating a Lupu-save file). When you decide you want to move on to something else, just toss the Puppy CD and the computer is back to normal.

Now, one thing to consider. With a MAC and Windows, you get a monolithic package. But Linux is modular. In particular, you get to choose your desktop environment. There are over a dozen choices here. I would suggest that you stay away from the Ubuntu Unity Desktop. In my case I'm running the XFCE desktop on Ubuntu. The distro is actually called Xubuntu. It's pretty easy to pick up. The wife and kids took right to it with no complaints.

One other thing I should point out. If Adobe Flash is important to you (my kids like to play on-line flash games), then you need to know that adobe has stopped providing releases to Flash for Linux. So to get Flash, you have to install the Google Chrome web browser. It has Flash built in.
 
Old 07-01-2015, 08:15 AM   #7
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Welcome aboard.
An excellent beginner distro is AntiX MX, live/installable.
http://antix.mepis.com/index.php?title=Main_Page
 
Old 07-01-2015, 09:25 AM   #8
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i have heard about linux but NEVER tried to get to know it. i would like to start it new on a laptop but just don't understand it any help ?
To download a Gnu/Linux ISO you can use LQ Download Linux.

If you use the 10 ten from distrowatch that list is composed from page hits and no other scoring. Just how many times the page has been visited to rate. Nothing more than popularity or chance.

Your type of query/question has been posted many times daily here at LQ. Do a LQ search to find results.

Plus consider the following;
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Look at: Newbie alert: 50 Open Source Replacements for Windows XP

Once you have selected and downloaded the ISO image you can use one of the 'MD5SUM' checkers below to verify a valid download. Then use 'Imgburn' at a low burn rate (setting of 4) to insure a valid burn on your hardware.
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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
Please consider reading the following to aid you to help us to provide answers to a query;
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FYI: Netiquette is a set of social conventions that facilitate interaction over networks, ranging from Usenet and mailing lists to blogs and forums.

FYI: I suggest that you look at 'How to Ask Questions the Smart Way' so in the future your queries provide information that will aid us in diagnosis of the problem or query.
Hope this helps.
Have fun & enjoy!
 
Old 07-01-2015, 03:42 PM   #9
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Howdy!

To run linux you have a few choices. The most safe and simple may be to try a free virtual machine. A vm is a software version of a computer. You download it and install. Then you download almost any linux, bsd or other OS and run it as the same time as you run windows. It is pretty much newbie proof.
 
Old 07-01-2015, 05:40 PM   #10
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Please read this book
http://www.amazon.com/Linux-Kernel-D...dp/0672329468/
 
Old 07-01-2015, 05:59 PM   #11
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Haha, are you trying to scare him away?

+1 for Puppy Linux. If you use Slacko Puppy (A Slackware compatible Puppy Linux), you will have access to the same software available to Slackware Linux. You can find Slacko here (http://puppylinux.org/main/Download2...ase.htm#slacko). Keep in mind though that each time you reboot or power off your live CD/DVD system, you will lose all changes.

You will need to know how to burn an ISO image to CD/DVD. There are plenty of threads on how to do this on LQ, so please do a search first before asking.
 
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