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Old 05-12-2011, 07:46 AM   #1
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Unhappy Very fresh to learn about Linux..Need some help

Iím very very new in Linux. All I know is that there is an operating system called Linux‼ I want to learn more about Linux. So what Linux should I install and how and where can I download it? Any help will be highly appreciated.

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Here is a link from someone here on LQ which will be helpfull for you

maybe you can also look in this thread for more answers.
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Linux comes in different versions (called distributions, or distros for short).
Different people have different opinions about which is best, and some are suitable for newbies and some are more suited to experts.
My favourite is a very well known distro, well suited to beginners like yourself, called Ubuntu.
It comes with a wide range of applications and is very easy to use.

One of its strengths for people looking at making the switch from Windows is its Wubi installer:

It is also possible to run it directly from CD or USB drive without making any changes to your computer. This is useful for evaluating it, and making sure all your hardware works correctly:, scroll down to "Burn your CD or create a USB drive" and click on "Show me how"

Remember there are other distributions, Ubuntu is just my favourite.

Hope that's useful
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Begin with hardware -- what is your system's CPU, RAM type/capacity, wireless card, video card

Platform -- laptop, netbook, or desktop

Uses intended -- graphics-intensive; calculations; mostly internet chat with some word processing; for example.

The most popular does not equal the best for your needs and wants.


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Old 05-12-2011, 10:15 AM   #5
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Remeber that Linux will be very different from Windows. There might even be many things that you thought were part of the nature of computers, but turned out to be Windows concepts (this was true for me when I switched).

Here's something you might want to read:

Just remember that you should want to learn Linux. If you just want a free drop-in replacement for Widnows, you will be very disappoined.
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Old 05-12-2011, 11:30 AM   #6
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+1 on the suggestion for the link in MTK358's post. That is the first document I thought of when I read the op.
To that I might add the following, especially if you are considering Ubuntu: LQ Security has an excellent section on security tips, but the link I posted is geared towards new Linux users migrating from the Windows world.

As far as which distribution is right for you, well, there are no right or wrong answers. If you are new to Linux, most of the differences won't be apparent to you for quite a while. Probably the biggest thing you will notice is the package management. The thread links posted earlier should guide you to one of these distributions.
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About dot com has a good section about Linux. It's oriented to Ubuntu, but it's full of good info.
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Another useful introduction:
I think this is one of the best. And Mepis is pretty good for a beginner too: the installation tool is the simplest I've seen.
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All very good posts!!!

The way I found out about Linux was to read several sites for information (many of the ones above were included), then downloaded and tried out loads of live cd's to find out which distro I liked best. The good thing about a live cd is that you can find out if all of your hardware works on it or not, and you aren't locked into anything until you decide what you want to install. (Took me several months of playing around before I decided.....)

I use PCLinuxOS now and love it.
Good luck in your Linux journey!!!!

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