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’.