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Old 10-01-2006, 11:19 PM   #1
jamespurcell
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Thumbs down download linux


Is there any way I can download a single-user version of Linux without having to sell my soul to marketing inquisitions?
 
Old 10-01-2006, 11:25 PM   #2
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most linux iso downloads are free. lq here has a download site, check it out. or am i mis-reading your post? what do you mean by single user?
 
Old 10-02-2006, 12:38 AM   #3
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Is there a single-user version of Linux out already? I don't think there is a linux mod that is not free. If it's not free then it's not linux.
 
Old 10-03-2006, 01:33 AM   #4
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free linux

Thank you. Every time I have tried to download a version of linux I have been presented with 40 pages of yes/no answers to offers of products, at least one of which I am required to accept (at a cost of about $30). Maybe I just haven't found the way to bypass all of it.

No matter what version I try to download, I get shuttled off to getitfree.net, which starts the adds
 
Old 10-03-2006, 01:35 AM   #5
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thanks for responding.
 
Old 10-03-2006, 02:17 AM   #6
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Ugh, your browser (probably Internet Exploitable) has been hijacked. Getitfree.com is installed and redirecting your search results. You "might" be able to remove it from add-remove programs. If not, go to another computer and download Spybot S&D to a CD, installing that might solve your problems temporarily, at least long enough to download a real OS.

Damn Small Linux is a single-user distro that fits on a business card CD. Might be underkill for your particular application but it's not too bad for old laptops and surfing the web. If you have a fairly new machine and high speed internet however, I'd recommend Fedora Core 5 or 6, which will be out soon. The initial install is not that great but there are custom updates and tweaks available that make it into a pretty usable OS:

http://stanton-finley.net/fedora_cor...ion_notes.html
http://comptune.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=14

Last edited by fozner; 10-03-2006 at 03:45 AM.
 
Old 10-03-2006, 08:17 AM   #7
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you can also use ubuntu dapper drake, any debian distro, it's all basically a matter of taste when it comes to linux. any os is a single user system from the beginning. it's when you add other users that takes away the singleness of it all. good luck and keep us updated.
 
Old 10-03-2006, 02:29 PM   #8
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If you use BitComet, BitLord, or any other C program involved in torrent swapping, you can download the torrents (for image files) of countless numbers of Linu distros.

torrentz.com
torrentspy.com
thepiratebay.com
 
Old 10-03-2006, 03:02 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jamespurcell
Maybe I just haven't found the way to bypass all of it.
Paradoxically, you have. It's called "Linux". Unfortunately you appear to be currently operating from the Windows-malware-hijacked world and it's that malware that's preventing you from downloading all the (free) Linux stuff.
 
Old 10-03-2006, 03:08 PM   #10
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There is a way to change Linux to single-user after downloading. Go to etc/inittab and type in the number for the single-user option (I don't recall what the number is, but it's somewhere there). I hope that answers your question.
 
Old 10-03-2006, 03:19 PM   #11
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single user is normall ONLY used for low level maintance. ie something broak, or you got hacked or a rootkit is installed and you are trying to clean it out.

here are some direct LINKs to use that might help you FIX IE, or better yet just grab and install firefox and go forward from there by adding the following extensions:

Adblock
NoScript

DO NOT import anything from IE when you install FireFox and run it as the default browser.

http://www.spreadfirefox.com/?q=affiliates&id=0&t=86

get firefox there.

http://www.us.debian.org/distrib/

get debian from there:

http://en.opensuse.org/Download

OpenSuSe from there. IIRC there is also a live CD you can play with for SuSe

http://www.ubuntu.com/download

Ubuntu from there, even though i am not a HUGE fan of Ubuntu, it may be perfect for what you are looking for. it acts like a single user OS as it is 100% sudo without hacking the OS and putting in a true root level account.

http://www.fedora.redhat.com/Download/

Fedora Core from there.

so they are all 100% free, and all are great distros. they are also rather easy to install except for Debian. if you do not know what you are doing, then i would sujest either Ubuntu, SuSe, or Fedora Core as your first distro. all 3 of them offer GREAT graphical installers and are supper easy to setup, configure, and install. all of those distros also offer GREAT hardware detection. exception is wifi cards. for that you just have to be careful what chipset is used in the wifi device and hope there are Linux drivers for it, or you are stuck trying to get ndiswrappers working. not always an easy task and even harder for a newbie.
 
Old 10-03-2006, 03:25 PM   #12
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I don't thing the O.P. is really concerned with that "single-user" statement. I'm thinking he means something like "I want to use Linux. I will be the only user on the computer."

James: Linux is a "multi-user operating system" by nature. But that doesn't mean you have to have multiple users ... only that you can if you want. You don't have to find any special Linux distribution for use by only one person. They all will function in this mode nicely. Linux does have something called "single user mode", but chances are great that you will mostly use it in "multi user mode", but with only one user. Don't worry yourself about this "single user mode" concept at the current time in your Linux career.

For a new Linux user, Ubuntu is often recommended as a good starting distro. While just as powerful as any other Linux distro, it includes a bunch of stuff by default that makes it fairly easy for new Linux users to feel at home.
 
Old 10-03-2006, 03:31 PM   #13
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I'm sure if you say what linux distro you want someone can provide a direct ftp link you can download via command line and skip the use of Internet Exploiter and it's related spyware that is apparently affecting your machine.


Open a cmd prompt in windows
Change to the directory you want to download your Linux iso to.
c:
cd download
then use the command line ftp client to get your linux install iso.
ftp
open ftp.ucsb.edu
login: anonymous
password: someuser@noplace.com
cd /pub2/ubuntu/dapper/
bin
hash
get ubuntu-6.06.1-desktop-i386.iso

if prompted for login and password use anonymous as the username and a fake email addy should work fine for the password.

Poof now you have the i386 install iso for Ubuntu 6.06

Or was there some other distro you prefer ?
 
Old 10-03-2006, 09:38 PM   #14
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LQ offers a lot of different distros, all for free. No popups, ads, questions, etc.

http://iso.linuxquestions.org/
 
Old 10-05-2006, 11:37 AM   #15
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I want to thank everybody for their wonderful help. I decided to order
Redhat on cd. It's only 10 bucks.

You people have given me the encouragement to continue. What a great team!
 
  


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