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Best place to install Linux?

By galahad04 ·
I purchased a copy of Red Hat 7.0 from a distributor, but my version did not come with any manuals or instructions. I attempted to install Linux on my machine currently running Windows Me but was unsuccessful (since FIPS would not work properly andthe Red Hat installer could not set up a partition for Linux). Therefore, I was thinking of taking my computer to somewhere like CompUSA to have Red Hat 7.0installed professionally. The thing is, I was just wondering where the best place to do this is, since I was unsure about what computer stores service Linux?

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by galahad04 In reply to Best place to install Lin ...

Also one other thing that I forgot to mention in my first post -- how much minimum hard disk space is required to install Linux?

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by Churdoo In reply to Best place to install Lin ...

Well it really depends on what you want to get out of linux? You already have a working ME machine, so it's not like you need the linux install, so why install it? I suspect it's to learn what all the hype is about and to learn firsthand about this open-license OS that is a spinoff of the one that was built by programmers for programmers (i.e. unix)?
Well then jump right in ... do it yourself! What are you gonna learn poking around on a preconfigured linux OS? You will learn to use ls instead of dir; and mv instead of move; telnet instead of telnet ... oh wait, nevermind the telnet thing. What is this thing called /etc (pronounced ET-see), anyway? Half the fun of linux is installing it yourself and screwing it up yourself and thenfiguring out how to fix it yourself.
Of course, while doing this however, you don't want to risk screwing your main machine, so I suggest you invest in a dedicated hard drive so if (when) you screw up the linux install, who cares? just do it again. One cool thing, if you can't afford a whole toy machine, is to buy a new hard drive and a hard drive caddy and an extra tray. Put your ME drive in one tray and your new drive in the other tray and then you can dork around all you want with your RedHat distro without fear of hosing your ME system. The educational experience will be invaluable.

But seriously, if you insist on having the linux OS installed for you, then all you can do is ask around and find a place that has techs with actual linux experience, since there's still not a whole lot out there for linux certs. You may end up in a hole-in-the-wall computer shop, but you'll recognize the true linux geek by the gleem in his eye when the subject of linux comes up, and the endless stories of running linux in his house on a floppy-boot 486 box as his internet gateway.
--Charlie

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by Kevin Anderson In reply to Best place to install Lin ...

Hooper has the right idea. You should do this yourself on a second HDD.

Baring that, why not call up the Linux User Group in your area, and go down for a meeting or two. I'm CERTAIN, that someone will help get Linux installed on your box.

Ifnothing else, you'd be better off spending money having a Linux guru set it up instead of having Computer City (or whoever). Plus, chances are your local Linux User Group will encourage you to look over the installer's shoulder, and ask all sorts of questions as you go.

Certainly don't pay to have it done. That's almost against the spirit of the OS! Have a beer (or several), and then get at it. If you're gonna do Linux, get started right. Mistakes are encouraged. That's how you learn, and whatever you do, have fun.

Kev.

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by galahad04 In reply to Best place to install Lin ...

Thanks for the tip! A quick follow-up question: you refer to my "local Linux user group" -- how exactly would I be able to locate this group? If you wouldn't mind e-mailing at jlittle1@gmu.edu it would be greatly appreciated.

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