Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Beginners Linux Guide


General Information on installing Linux

There are numerous ways to use Linux with a computer. The most common method is to allocate part of your hard disk to Linux and put all the software you need on it. It's also possible to use Linux without touching your hard disk at all, either by getting the software from another computer on a network or by using a cd or dvd. When people talk of installing Linux though, they invariably mean using the hard disk to store all their required software.

To install Linux on your hard disk, you first need to be able to allocate a section of the hard disk to Linux. Thankfully all sorts of computer systems understand the methods of dividing hard disks so two or more operating systems (e.g. versions of Linux and /or Windows) can reside on just one hard disk. More details on dividing the hard disks are given in the next section.

Once that is done, you need to get a startup/install disk. Just as you would use a startup disk to access windows in case of a crash, a Linux startup/install disk will boot your computer in the Linux OS, albeit a limited version of it. The startup disk also contains info on accessing the hardware it needs to complete the installation and the complete install system itself. Most Linux installations are done from either CD-ROM or DVD-ROM install disks.

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