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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 2:33 pm    Post subject: Linux Reply with quote

I've never, ever, ever, ever, used Linux before, what's it like? I was thinking of buying a copy of it (Has all of Linux on the disc, so you can run it w/out messing up your system). Anyway, if I downloaded a free version, where can I get it from, and does it run on my PC? I have lots of questions so any help would be appreciated.

P.S. The creator was born in Helsinki, Finland (very close to my mom's home town)!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 3:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Linux Reply with quote

WC3_Gamer wrote:
I've never, ever, ever, ever, used Linux before, what's it like? I was thinking of buying a copy of it (Has all of Linux on the disc, so you can run it w/out messing up your system). Anyway, if I downloaded a free version, where can I get it from, and does it run on my PC? I have lots of questions so any help would be appreciated.

P.S. The creator was born in Helsinki, Finland (very close to my mom's home town)!


Download a bootable live distro from here: http://www.knoppix.org/
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So how do I boot from it, I mean, I turn on my computer, and what do I do then?

Jeeze, I'm dumb about anything other than windows, and I don't even use XP Confused
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm kind of scared about trying to set it up to dual-boot, I read a few articles just now and they said it's risky business.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WC3_Gamer wrote:
So how do I boot from it, I mean, I turn on my computer, and what do I do then?

Jeeze, I'm dumb about anything other than windows, and I don't even use XP Confused


The nice thing about Knoppix is that it is a self-contained bootable implementation on the CD. You don't need to configure for dual-boot on your hard drive. You can boot directly from the CD. If you're feeling just a little braver you can try a virtualized environment implementation such as coLinux which will run under Windows.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But if I download it online, I don't get a CD.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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But if I download it online, I don't get a CD.


You download an ISO image and burn it to a CD.
Here is a link to the download FAQ:

http://www.knoppix.net/wiki/Downloading_FAQ

It may save you some time to review the FAQ and see if it answers some of your questions.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the help Mahverzogg and Greg.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2005 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know which thing to download Sad
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't forget the "Linux for Human Beings", Ubuntu, is very easy to install and you can also try the trial self contained bootable disc which is basically the same as the Knoppix. Link: http://us.releases.ubuntu.com/releases/5.04/

Download the Power PCLive CD and burn it. Pop the disc in your Mini and restart. As soon as you hear the startup chime, press and hold c. It should boot from thUbuntu Live cd.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2005 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I don't know which thing to download Sad


http://www.kernel.org/pub/dist/knoppix/KNOPPIX_V3.9-2005-05-27-EN.iso is what you'd download. Burn that to a CD using any CD burning software and away you go.

http://www.kernel.org/pub/dist/knoppix/KNOPPIX-FAQ-EN.txt has a FAQ on it.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2005 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.linuxiso.org/

All Linux distros are free unless they're aimed at the enterprise, really. Just grab one off of here. People seem to be running Ubuntu and Knoppix a lot. I have Knoppix on a live CD for x86, and it's awesome. It can read NTFS, so I can haxxor into my friends computers. You'll want to download CD1 if they're more than one CDs, though a DVD would be better if you can find an image of one at the above link. You'll want to download one for the PPC core if you want to run it on a Mac. You'll want the ones for i386 for an
Intel box or AMD64 if you're running an Athlon64 or Sempron64.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How do i actually boot up from the cd though?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been a Linux user for the past few years. I've mostly used Slack, but am currently using Ubuntu. Slack is a very nice distribution if you really want to get into Linux. It's the distro which will get you familiar with a UNIX OS faster than most of the other distros, safe maybe Gentoo and of course Linux from scratch. Ubuntu is really nice, and you can order it for FREE. That's right, they'll send you the live CD, and the install CD free of charge. In fact, they'll send you at least 10 copies, which you can hand out to friends.

Ubuntu is by far the most user friendly Linux distro I've used so far. The good thing about it, is that it's friendly to new nix users, while it's basically Debian, which is a very powerful and widely used distro. A lot of these user friendly Linux distros lack in power, speed and functionality, like Red Hat and Mandrake (this is my opinion). So if you want to get into Linux, I'd say Ubuntu is your best option now. I hear Fedora is somewhat on par with Ubuntu, but I haven't used it, so I can't judge on that.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WC3_Gamer wrote:
How do i actually boot up from the cd though?


Usually you insert the CD into your drive then boot up. Make sure your CD is set to bootable in your bios. Also, and this is important, you have to burn the ISO image to disc...don't just burn it to the CD like it's data.
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