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Which Linux for free desktops for kids?

By pikikoko ·
I get computer parts and build computers that I give away to kids in single parent families.
I need an OS for these computers. I feel Linux is the way to go. But I know nothing about Linux.
How can I install Linux on these free computer without paying for the OS and not having legal
problems with giving it away. Linux people I need your help! I need to know how to do this.
Which brand of Linux should I use? And all that legal stuff. If Linux is free can I just purchase a CD and load it on many computers?
How would a Linux person do this?
Many points for some good answers.
Thanks
Mike

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by thepow In reply to Which Linux for free desk ...

My hat is off to you and your endeavor! As far as an OS is, Linux would be great for the kids. here are few sites to get an idea of what is free and what you have to pay for:
http://www.linux.org/ - offers alot of info
http://www.linux.com/ - mainly enterprise but has good info
http://www.kernel.org/ - latest kernel, read more
http://www.linuxjournal.com/ - Great news site

If you're new to Linux, you don't want to download the kernel, which is just a component in a working Linux system. Instead, you want what is called a distribution of Linux, which is a complete Linux system. There are numerous distributions available for download on the Internet as well as for purchase from various vendors; some are general-purpose, and some are optimized for specific uses. We currently have mirrors of the Debian and Red Hat general-purpose distributions available at mirrors.kernel.org, as well as a small collection of special-purpose distributions at http://www.kernel.org/pub/dist/.

Note, however, that most distributions are very large, so unless you have a very fast Internet link you may want to save yourself some hassle and purchase a CD-ROM with a distribution; such CD-ROMs are available from a number of vendors.

The Linux Installation HOWTO has more information how to set up your first Linux system.
http://mirrors.kernel.org/LDP/HOWTO/Installation-HOWTO/

You may find that after reading a little, it is fairly easy to install, configure, and repeat with most commercial versions of Linux, i.e. Red Hat, Debian, Novell SuSE. They all have certain characteristics that make them attractive for users. If you want general use, get the Fedora distribution from Red Hat. It has most features a user would need. If you need help directly, you can email me.

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by kjgslg In reply to Which Linux for free desk ...

for downloading you would want to go to http://www.iso.com ;however, the ISO's arent always current. Downloading and burning ISO can be frustrating if your connection is slow and you can't alway guarantee a good ISO once you are done.

You can purchase a copy of Linux from a number of companies, and load it on as many PC's as you like. I personally would recomend for kids, and New Users Mandrake for its siplicity and support.

I have used Linux since 1998, and I started on Red Hat 5.2 which was entertaining to say the least. Linux has come along way since then and the learning curve from Windows shouldnt be that painful. Do yourself a favor and buy it if just for the documentation and manuals.

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by apotheon In reply to Which Linux for free desk ...

There are a number of projects in the works aimed at creating children-targeted Linux distributions. A couple of relevant URLs follow:
http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-jr/
http://www.linuxforkids.org/

You could also use some of the LiveCD distributions, which tend to be extremely easy to use. These include such paragons of the field as MEPIS and Knoppix:
http://www.mepis.org/
http://www.knoppix.org/

For the Knoppix link, you may have to click on the combined American/English flag to get the English language version of the site.

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by willcomp In reply to Which Linux for free desk ...

By foreign, mean one they are not familar with and is different from that in general use.

Did you check links as well as questioning terminology?

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