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Old 07-08-2009, 12:16 AM   #1
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Unhappy what software do i need to run linux and how to install them?

my computer knowledfe is just very basic,i want to how to install linux and what software as well to run it.
Old 07-08-2009, 12:43 AM   #2
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Linux is a whole operating system, as well as a lot of user programs. To use Linux, you need to install a Linux Distribution, or "distro". There are numerous Linux distros, each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages. Here is a link to the Top 10 distros at distrowatch:

There are numerous ways to install Linux, but you should understand that it is actually an alternative to Windows, not a program that runs under Windows. Having said that, there is a way to install Ubuntu onto a Windows drive and run it under Windows. And to further overload you, you could install either VMWare or VirtualBox and run any of the Linux distros as a virtual machine under Windows.

But, to get back on track, what exactly do you want to do with Linux? Why do you want to install it? If it's because you've gotten tired of paying lots of money for buggy, poorly written, and virus-prone Windows applications, then Linux might just be what you're looking for as a replacement. If you're just cruising by and thought you'd check it out, then try the Ubuntu that installs on Windows. You might even start with that one, and then do a reinstall later if/when you decide you want to make the switch. But, if you don't have any real reason to use Linux and no particular motivation to make it a success, then you might want to reconsider whether you want to bother.
Old 07-08-2009, 02:00 AM   #3
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Adding to Quakeboy02:

Lay your hands on a so-called live CD. A live CD allows you to run the distro from CD/DVD so you don't have to install it. You place the CD/DVD in the CD/DVD player of your computer, (re)boot the computer and after a few minutes you're ready to experience the world of Linux.

Live CDs that I'm aware of are Knoppix and Ubuntu (but there might be others as well).

A small warning for live CDs:
You might experience that not all your hardware is (fully) supported as you occasionally need a driver that is not on the CD/DVD and that support for proprietary stuff (e.g. mp3 codec) is not there.
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Another option you'll see mentioned at is 'Live CDs'. These are copies of Linux that you can run direct from the CD/DVD without actually installing them on your HDD.
Think of it as try before you buy.

Here's a few useful links to get you started:

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