Solved How do I clear my comp then install Linux OS?

June 3, 2011 at 11:16:39
Specs: Windows XP
I have an old desktop computer that is practically obsolete now that my family all have laptops. I would like to use this opportunity to clear the computer, install a Linux/Ubuntu OS, and learn how to use Linux. Basically, I have heard a lot of people with Linux and I want to learn what it is all about. This is more of a learning experience for me rather than a necessity.

I just want an explanation of the basic things I need (like a bootable Linux/Ubuntu OS on a disk or a program to clear my Win XP) and an explanation of how I do it.


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June 3, 2011 at 12:11:21
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May I suggest Linux Puppy Lucid 5.2.5, it only has the essential software included and I believe a good starting point, you run Live from Bootable CD, so no install needed.

If you choose to install, that option is available, during the install process it will give one the option to use the whole hard drive. Eradicating XP:

http://www.puppylinux.com/


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June 3, 2011 at 14:25:17
Go to distrowatch.com. See any of the top choices for one or more to try. Almost all boot to what is called a live cd. A live cd is an entire OS on a cd or dvd. Or if you want a usb flash drive.

I'd play with live cd's to get a choice of what to install. When you decide you simply follow the installer application. Just be sure all your data would be subject to being lost on the hard drive if you delete partitions.

I tend to just follow the installer or use easy or quick mode. I don't fool with any advanced topics. That is for companies and technical uses. The stock install is usually good enough for a home use computer.

A reason to select a distro is how one can then install applications. Almost all offer a way to update and install software based on a program. Use it as much as you can.

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