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Weres the best free Simple Linux Dowloads?

By akaivan
Apr 17, 2006
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  1. Hey everyone. The title names it all. Im looking for sumthing i burn right to cd and nothing really complicated.. I have an old p2 and i wanna learn some linux.. SO please help me out.
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +19

    Take a look HERE.

    Knoppix is a live linux that your burn as an iso image to a cd. You can then boot from the cd and it doesn`t write to your hard drive.

    Regards Howard :)
  3. Jimbo420

    Jimbo420 Newcomer, in training Posts: 484

    Good place to start Howard. Course you could also try here. :p
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +19

    Oh yes indeed Jimbo lol.

    Regards Howard :)
  5. akaivan

    akaivan TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    lol google....hahah but i cant read knoppix? other language... SO witch file should i download.
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +19

    Doh. Click on the British/American flag icon and low and behold, the instructions are in english lol.

    Regards Howard :)
  7. akaivan

    akaivan TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    o ok lol, but theres so many choices.. witch onE? So i cloicked on 1 but it takes me to a page with several others... How do i burn these?
  8. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +19

    Which one did you click on?

    If you clicked on download, the page that appears is a list of mirror sites where you can actually get it from.

    I`d personally recommend bittorrent. Obviously you would either need to have bittorrent aready installed, or download and install it from HERE.

    Once you`ve downloaded the linux programme. Burn the iso file as an image to either a cd or a dvd.

    Regards Howard :)
  9. akaivan

    akaivan TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    i think i i have something called azueras. ok i think its downloading..I chose the cd 2 file 1. So i put 1 on each cd?
  10. akaivan

    akaivan TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    wait scratch that, its downloading but only 1 file. but theres plenty other files inside the one.do i spleit that into to or will it go into 1
  11. Peddant

    Peddant Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,644

    THIS might be an easier way to do it.
     
  12. akaivan

    akaivan TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    ok thanks peddant. so when its done downloading, i burn that straight to cd?
  13. Peddant

    Peddant Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,644

    Open your CD burning program and select burn .iso as image.

    Don`t burn faster than #16.More HERE
  14. akaivan

    akaivan TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    ok i got nero 5 so i guess ittl work. thannks guys for ur help. BUt anyways i really didnt get my answer lol. I was looking for a linux to install on an old pc.. For a freind because i can put xp on it.Also knoppix is good for me cas i can learn bout linux.SO any ideas. I sall something called SUSE linux. IS it free?
  15. Peddant

    Peddant Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,644

    All linux are free.There`s sometimes a handling charge if you order a CD.

    I think UBUNTU would be better than Suse for your needs.It`s also got a live CD version.

    There`s another thread HERE with more exciting Linux links.
  16. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    How old is that PC? Most Linux distributions default to Gnome or KDE as the window manager and those are rather heavy.
  17. akaivan

    akaivan TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    i really dont know how old, i pt it 2gether a lil wile ago. Its runiing Ubuntu really slow kinda
  18. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    The specs? How much RAM? Maybe use a smaller screen resolutions and turn off some eye candy?
  19. akaivan

    akaivan TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    it has like 128 mb ram.. 333 mhz.and like a 4 gig hd. and how do i turn off some other things? i think i got it to look as basik as possible
  20. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    Needs more RAM.. You are better off with a window manager that is not KDE or Gnome. There are dozens of them out there, usually configurable to the infinity. If you want something that looks similar to Windows, try IceWM. If you want Something Completely Different, try WindowMaker or FWWM.
  21. akaivan

    akaivan TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    hmm wat does this exactly do? is IceWM another linux?
  22. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    A window manager is a program that manages the windows of graphical applications - basically it is the desktop you see.

    If you installed Ubuntu, then you ended up with a window manager called Gnome. (Actually, Gnome is a lot more, than just a window manager, but we'll keep things simple :p ) Gnome is the thing that shows you the login prompt, the fancy loading screen, the desktop, the panels and window decorations.

    Unlike inferior operating systems (Windows), the OS itself, the graphics system and the desktop are completely separate and relatively independent in Unix and similar. The beauty of this is, that you can get rid of Gnome and use some other window manager (maybe not as pretty or streamlined, but a lot faster) instead without affecting any of your programs - they will display just the same, only with different window frames around them.
  23. akaivan

    akaivan TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    Hmm do you know how i can get rid on gnome?
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