format xp and install linux

Microsoft Windows xp home edition eng 3p...
March 17, 2010 at 09:55:06
Specs: Windows XP
hi i need some help. i have a dell desktop computer and want to wipe it and start new with linux. but i dont know how. i have downloaded the iso file and installed it to a disk. now what?

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#1
March 17, 2010 at 11:57:38
Go to the distro website & find out.

But you probably need to boot from it. Some distros have icon on the desktop which you can start the installation.


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#2
March 17, 2010 at 14:37:54
One would assume that your Linux disk is bootable and that you have not merely copied the ISO to it. If it is then simply boot from the disk and follow the prompts (similar to Windows) but if you are new to Linux then get help from the distro site.

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#3
March 17, 2010 at 15:04:40
"i have downloaded the iso file and installed it to a disk"

Just to be clear...you didn't simply copy the ISO file to a disc, you used a burning program such as ImgBurn to convert it & burn to a disc, right?

If you created the disc correctly, all you have to do is boot off it & run Linux directly off the CD. If you like it, then you can install it. Like clive_pearce said, many Linux distros have an installation icon on the desktop. Just click it & it will walk you thru setting up & formating the partitions. You should have at least 2...one for the file system & one for the swap file. Many recommend adding a 3rd partition for user files.

Which version of Linux do you plan on installing?


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#4
March 17, 2010 at 15:48:43
And you may want to try a live distro before wiping XP. It would give you the feel without the commitment issues. If you're not familiar with fdisk, LILO and grub, then I'd strongly suggest you try a live distro first.

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#5
March 17, 2010 at 19:01:48
"i have downloaded the iso file and installed it to a disk. now what?"

Set the computer to boot from CD and reboot.

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