First time using Linux

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Allison, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. Allison

    Allison New Member

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    I've finally decided that I want to try out Linux. I wasn't aware that there are multiple options for Linux systems. What is the best one to start with? I don't want the best one with the most options, but the most stable and easiest to install as a practice run until I figure out how the basics work.

    Also, is there a way to install Linux and still leave Windows installed on my PC?


    Thanks in advance.
  2. dharmah9

    dharmah9 New Member

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    In regards to leaving windows, yes you can. its called dual booting. What version of Windows do you have? As far as the Linux distribution I think Mint 12 would be a good choice. If you have a couple blank CDs laying around you can download a couple and try them out in whats called a live session, you basically run the operating system off the CD. Try a couple of them out see which one you like best. Here's a link if you want to read about some of the major distributions http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major. Hope this helps, any questions don't hesitate to ask.
  3. enhu

    enhu New Member

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    if you want to try out maybe for a week, try puppy linux. run it in CD, install applications and everything. it won't affect anything in your current Operating system when runnning it on CD. Even when you eject the CD, it will still run and its stired in RAM.
  4. Marianne Johnson

    Marianne Johnson Banned

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    You can use two system.It is called dual booting.best VPN
  5. ReMiXeDg

    ReMiXeDg New Member

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    There are tons of distros out there for linux , first use puppy linux . Try it out get the hang of the command line and terminal usage.

    Also check out some tutorials online like this http://linuxcommand.org/learning_the_shell.php

    After you get the hang of puppy linux and getting to know commands then try ubuntu , their also another great distro. I am new to linux but after i reviewed that site linuxcommand.org I learned basics and then now I can move around the OS without running into problems.
  6. specialblend

    specialblend New Member

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    I also am somewhat new to Linux and i started with Ubuntu 11.10 and it has been just fine for me. I love how much faster my computer goes and how you can interact with the interface and make it look awesome. I love Linux and i will never go back to Microsoft or Macintosh.
  7. Akendo

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    That sounds interesting. Good luck with your start to Linux. You should be a bit careful with your system. Else it can quick turn intro a horrible nightmare. The best tasks for you:
    * Do good backups of your system - This you need to prevent useless re-installation of your system.
    * Get knowledge about Linux and the conzept behind - Ubuntu has a nice starting page to read about: https://help.ubuntu.com/community
    * Read before installed something! - Linux is some work. Make sure you know what your doing! Else this can mess up your system very earlier.

    Here just some tought from me.


    so far
    akendo
  8. Lorgoyf

    Lorgoyf New Member

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    I chose Ubuntu 11.10 as it seems to be very popular. It is very buggy though.
  9. W00t

    W00t New Member

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    Personally, I'd use Mint if you're just beginning.
  10. Victor Leigh

    Victor Leigh Member

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    You don' even have to install Linux to try it. Or use it permanently. You can put Puppy Linux on a usb drive and it will load into ram every time it boots up. Then you can use it without even installing it into the hard disk.
  11. Jamsers

    Jamsers New Member

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    You can do dual booting. Just be sure to install any Linux distribution AFTER Windows. That's very important, because if you somehow install Windows after Linux, Windows will overwrite the Linux boot loader (GRUB) and the Windows boot loader doesn't recognize Linux installations, leaving you locked out of Linux. Don't worry about having to deal with all this boot loader business, as long as you let the distribution's installer take care of it, it should be no problem.

    Linux Mint would be a great distribution for beginners. A lot of stuff is already pre-installed including most of the stuff that newbies look for like Flash, music and video codecs, and proprietary drivers.
  12. kreso93

    kreso93 New Member

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    Use dual booting. That's what I used before I switched my other computer to Linux only. It's a great way to test the OS out, and if you don't like it you can just format the hard drive and it's like nothing was installed on it. Best way to do it is to split your HDD to partitions or get an old HDD to test it out. You can get old used HDD's for cheap or even for free.
  13. kreso93

    kreso93 New Member

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    Also, I suggest you to use Linux distro package, it's more user friendlier than other distributions.
  14. mrnothersan

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    If you're a first time user to Linux I would suggest using Ubuntu, as that for me is personally the best OS that you can use. It has lots of features too.
  15. kreso93

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    Yes, that's what I meant to say. Ubuntu. If you didn't knew, you can order it online for free. It will come to your home address in 3-4 weeks, depending on where you live.
  16. DarthVader3257

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    I'm pretty new to Linux myself. I'm pretty sure you should be able to integrate Linux and Windows somehow, it shouldn't cost way too much. I was thinking about doing so earlier, but I might as well invest completely on just a new Linux laptop. Good luck!
  17. Christi Harris

    Christi Harris New Member

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    So Linux is better than using Windows? Wow! Where have I been.
  18. Snrm

    Snrm New Member

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    So what exactly am I getting by installing Linux onto my computer? Will it be like learning to use a computer again or is it all pretty straight forward? What do I stand to gain by choosing to install Linux?
  19. Victor Leigh

    Victor Leigh Member

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    What do you gain by choosing to install Linux? Let me count the benefits.

    First and foremost, you gain an immediate speed advantage. Linux is an open source platform. So the developers have no vested interest in making a bloated operating system just so that they can get more money from you.

    In fact, there are some Linux developers who make it a hobby to see how small a Linux distro they can make. The smallest that I have heard of is just under 50Mb. So what has this small size got to do with speed? One, a smaller operating system means that it can work with less ram. Even if you have a lot of ram, when the operating system uses less ram, it simply means that you have more ram for running other programs. Actually, some Linux distros load up totally into ram. Puppy Linux does this.

    The next benefit is something you will enjoy in the long-term. Linux is hardly affected by virus. I suppose that it is possible to write a virus to infiltrate a Linux system. Not that it's going to be easy. Linux has many levels of security which makes hacking it just so much more work. I think the real reason why there are just about no Linux-specific viruses is simply that there's nothing to brag about when you hack into a Linux system. It's an open source system. So no virus makes for a much more pleasant working atmosphere. Right?

    There are a lot more other benefits of using Linux but I think just these two alone should be enough incentive to get you started. I am not an expert on Linux but I play with it. So ask any questions you want and I will see if I know the answer.

    Over to you.
  20. Stefano Messicano

    Stefano Messicano New Member

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    Yes sure, Windows can be leave installed on Pc because Linux recognizes the system leaving it.However for a beginner who uses the first few times Linux is advisable begin with Ubuntu,is simple and intuitive.

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