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Where do I begin?

By just_chilin ·
I have an extra pc and I want to install linux on it. Where can I possibly begin?

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Novell Linux Desktop 9 demo

by Hockeyist In reply to Where do I begin?

Go to http://www.novell.com/products/desktop/eval.html
and download the Linux demo version.

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While you are there...

by LiamE In reply to Novell Linux Desktop 9 de ...

Look for the links to the 'FREE Novell Linux Desktop 9 self-study guide' - its has pretty much everything you need to know.

Hats off to Novell for that one.

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choices

by apotheon In reply to Where do I begin?

The SuSE/Novell distribution of Linux, as mentioned here by others, is indeed a good starting point. You also might consider looking into Ubuntu Linux and MEPIS Linux as "beginner" Linux distributions. Xandros and Linspire are both very easy for making the switch from Windows, though there's some dispute over how good an OS either one is in comparison with other Linux distributions. Links for all four of these other options follow.

Ubuntu Linux: http://www.ubuntulinux.org

MEPIS Linux: http://www.mepis.org

Xandros Linux: http://www.xandros.com

Linspire: http://www.linspire.com

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Aotheon, How much PC do I need

by Gunnar Klevedal In reply to choices

I have a Compaq Deskpro EN that's left over.
Right now it has Win2k Professional on a 18 GB partition. Nothintg much left on the HDD, cept for maybe the BIOS in a 7MB partition. NTFS.

I can delete, repartiton, reinstall Win2k.

This PC will not be connected to the internet, but it has a CD-ROM reader

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If it ran Win2k

by jdclyde In reply to Aotheon, How much PC do I ...

It will run Linux.

As for will it do it well, you need to ask the same questions you would for setting up any computer.

What are you going to use it for?
What software will you be running?

You have plenty of Drive space.

How much memory do you have? Always best to put any memory upgrades in BEFORE the install. Installs faster AND configures your swap partition according to how much memory you have. (usually it does double your ram, so change this default to double what you WILL have if your going to upgrade memory).

CPU? Anything over a 500Mhz should rock for basic linux usage, and business applications.

Why not connected to the internet?

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correct . . . mostly

by apotheon In reply to If it ran Win2k

As far as the minimum capabilities of the system, you're correct. In fact, my Pentium 233MHz laptop runs Debian with the same kind of performance I get out of my Athlon XP 1600+ running Windows XP. A Pentium 2 400MHz system I was using, with (again) Debian on it, performed as well as the 3.xGHz system on which my (consultancy) boss runs Windows XP.

Installing a "desktop" distribution of Linux, running Gnome or KDE (such as Ubuntu, RedHat, SuSE, Mandrake, et cetera), will cut down on the performance-to-resources ratio considerably, but even so you'll probably get the performance of twice the machine running Windows XP. Even when I was running Windows 200 on my Athlon XP 1600+ workstation, it didn't outperform Debian on the P2 400MHz workstation.

Linux can comfortably run a skin-and-bones GUI (about as primitive as Windows 3.11, but more functional) on a 486 and a fully featured GUI on a Pentium 100MHz. It'll run a fully featured GUI comfortably on a Pentium 233MHz (that's my laptop) with 64MHz of RAM (and perform credibly), and it'll do the same with a bloated GUI like Gnome on a Pentium 2. It'll leave a trail of fire on that same Pentium 2 with a fully functional but not bloated GUI, and do the same with a bloated GUI on a Pentium 3.

386s are perfect for a CLI-only Linux install, and will run a good, solid firewall/router on that hardware. While the full functionality of Linux won't run on a 286, you can get a pared-down version to run there. Of course, you don't want to try running Sendmail on a 286, anyway.

What jdclyde says is true. If you have 500MHz and, say, 128MB of SDRAM or better, with 10GB or more of hard drive, you'll be sittin' pretty with Linux, even running Gnome or KDE. Give it a whirl.

Note: For GUIs, lots of RAM is more important than processor speed, generally speaking. If you want a really bloated GUI like Gnome or KDE, make sure you stock up on RAM. You could run it on 64MB of RAM, but you won't want to.

By the way, the "mostly" part of the title of this comes in with hardware compatibility. Some Windows-compatible hardware isn't very unix-compatible. Winmodems are the canonical example, though that's becoming less and less of an issue as more and more people are going to broadband anyway.

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No internet Connection

by Gunnar Klevedal In reply to If it ran Win2k

It is ok to play around with a leftover standalone for educating purposes.
Internet is a no-no

I'm not planning any special or useful applications, just to study the OS.

Maybe Turbopascal or QuickBASIC, DOS versions

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questions

by apotheon In reply to No internet Connection

1. I'm curious . . . is this a computer that your employer (still) owns?

2. Have we answered your question(s) sufficiently, or is there something we haven't answered well enough to suit?

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Taken out of service, decommissioned

by Gunnar Klevedal In reply to questions

1. My employer still owns it, but it has been decommisioned. At work, on my spare time, I can use it any way I like. It is a standalone PIII 733 MHZ. I might buy it and take it home, but I do not have enough space at home.
2.Questions answered all right, next time I will post under Q&A, so I can give points

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re: Q&A

by apotheon In reply to Taken out of service, dec ...

I'm afraid I don't go there much these days. The format is a little too regimented for my tastes, and there's very little reward in it, while I tend to at least learn something in discussions.

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