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Quote:> I want to jump on the Linux Bandwagon and try it out. What are the
> issues for a Newbie. I have win98 on my Dell PII. I guess I would Have
> to Partition My HD And have a Dual Boot Config?.
That's the best way to do it, but not the only way. There are
distributions that support installing Linux on a FAT partition using the
"umsdos" filesystem, or other methods. The last I heard, these would not
work with FAT-32 filesystems, but that may have changed. I know that one
of the more popular and easier-to-install Linux distributions, Red Hat,
does *NOT* support these options.
Most Linux distributions come with FIPS, a tool for shrinking FAT
partitions to make room for Linux. Recent versions work with FAT-32, but
older versions don't. The commercial Partition Magic
(http://www.powerquest.com) will also re-size FAT partitions, as well as
Linux ext2 partitions (version 4.0 only). PM also does loads more. These
utilities should be used with caution, though; what they do is inherently
dangerous, so a bug or other problem (like a power failure) may do serious
Quote:> What are the Best Links for a Newbie
http://www.linux.org is a good starting point. So is the site for
whatever distribution you settle on (http://www.redhat.com for Red Hat,
http://www.debian.org for Debian, http://www.suse.com for SuSE, etc.).
Quote:> and the Best place to Download the OS?
I'd recommend that a newbie NOT try to download Linux. Instead, buy a CD
or a book with a CD. Books generally lag one or two versions behind
what's current in any given distribution, though, because of publication
and distribution delays. OTOH, getting a book with a CD can be a good
idea for a newbie because it results in a good pairing of software with
documentation. CDs alone can be had for US$2 plus shipping (generally
US$5 or less in the US) from a number of sources, like http://www.lsl.com
or http://www.cheapbytes.com. Big computer stores may also have Linux
CDs for low prices in their cut-rate CD section, or distributions with
manuals in other sections.
If you're really short on cash and have a lot of patience and/or a fast
network link, you can download everything from a number of sites.
Generally the main site for a distribution (see above) lists a number of
"mirror" sites that host the distribution. ftp://sunsite.unc.edu and
ftp://tsx-11.mit.edu are two of the bigger Linux mirror sites in North
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