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Installing Linux

INSTALLATION HELP FOR FIRST TIMERS

1. Choose a distro (see “which linux?” page)
2. Each distribution will have a slightly different way of installing so identify how your distribution installs. There are popularly two choices.

a. Live CD install, popular with Ubuntu etc, PCLinuxOS and Simply Mepis kind of distributions.

b. Boot CD (like openSUSE, Mandriva, Fedora etc).

3a. If you’re using a Live CD, boot with it, and then after checking whether your system is compatible with your chosen distro, click on the link to install and follow instructions.

3b. If you’re using a Boot CD, that means you’re proceeding directly to the installation stage (as openSUSE etc kind of distributions tend to do).

4. Things to be aware of… Partitioning

BEWARE of clicking the default options especially when choosing which partition you want to install the Linux system. Be sure you know what you are doing, but basically, if your Windows partition (if you’re still using Windows) is C Drive, and some Documents are in D Drive, then hopefully you’ll have about 10 GB free for a new Linux partition. That’s where you put your new Linux system.

Another pointer for making partitions… while most Linux distro’s brag about needing very little hard disk space… if you actually want to USE Linux, then I would recommend you allocate at least 10 GB for Linux (unlike the usual 5 GB). This is not just for operating system needs (like installing more programmes to it etc), but also for saving movies, music, and just freedom to install/download whatever you want without space constraints.

…MORE DETAILS COMING SOMETIME…

Article Watch: Five things to know when you switch to Linux, by Olivier Cleynen. This article makes a fresh user aware of certain things when entering the Linux world. Usually, such things are best learned by hands-on experience… if I had read this before trying Linux, I wouldn’t understand half of what the author was talking about. Still, some pointers are helpful, so if you’re a first-time user, read the article for ‘the other half’.

Comments»

1. Glenn Timbreza - August 14, 2007

how to connect pclinuxos in network internet and connect it into server (windows 2003 server) since we are using wingate to share the internet on client

2. NAyK - August 14, 2007

To Glenn: Wow. That question is way beyond my league. I didn’t even understand most of it. I hope you find the help that you need in a pclinuxos forum. Currenly, I’m connected to my windows network (using pclinuxos) through samba shares.

3. Ian - September 23, 2007

Hi. I’m very interesting with linux. How about mininum requirement for PClinux OS’07. Ubuntu Feisty request min RAM 256
Thanks.

4. NAyK - September 24, 2007

To Ian: I’m actually not sure about the minimum RAM requirements. I have installed PCLinux on a machine with 256 RAM machine too and it’s working ok. (except it hasn’t recognised my external wi-fi adapter, which is really frustrating).

5. johanes iwan - October 23, 2007

the partition is key i thing to install pclinuxOS

6. lio candra - December 6, 2007

Yes Johanes iwan right, the most important is partition hardisk.

7. suvi - July 13, 2008

Hi NAyK

I just released my Fedora-Supersize-skript! Supersize Fedora ads loads of cool stuff like 3D-Drivers, flashplayer, mplayer, skype, bluefish, brasero to a installed fedora Linux.
The skript is usefull for a brand new linux installation as well for all the people who want to make a clean update from one fedora release to the next.

The skript can be found at
http://www.suvi.org/theory/linux_fedora_supersize.html
Supporting fedora 8 and fedora 9. I will also make the updates for newer releases.

Cheers
Suvi

8. alien - October 24, 2010

what about live usb
i tried but doent work


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