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hi, well all this time i've being using windows, as far as i can remember, i started up on windows 95 and now im at windows vista.

somewhere during that time i had a short trip to the linux side, ubuntu to be exact, but i had issues installing it and getting it up and running, so i bailed on that road.

so now i'm going to try that again on one of my machines:
P4 3.0 HT
some asus board
1 gb (2x 512 ddr 400)
60 gb hdd


so now where do i get started?
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Try the latest Ubuntu or Fedora. (Ubuntu is better for beginners IMO)
Ubuntu Download

Burn it to a CD, restart and boot from CD and let 'er rip.

It's newer and more compatible now so you shouldn't have an issue. I hope.
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Burn it using PowerISO recorder (To get it just search PowerISO Recorder in Google) after downloading Ubuntu from here
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i wouldnt recommend burning any ISO's at max speed, give it some time, you'll thank yourself for not wasting a disc.

ubuntu is definatly good for beginners, other than that, any derivatives of ubuntu are great as well. i found linux mint to be an excellent choice. the wireless drivers were already sitting in a folder waiting to be installed (had to do a bit of searching, but there were no problems) and everything else works great. set up wine and steam/css/hl2 and they all worked nearly flawlessly. the benefit of the ubuntu distros is they tend to double as a livecd, so you can try it out before ever installing it.

first ask yourself this, do you want an easy to use/windows like linux distro? or do you want to dive in and learn to swim haha (if you have patience! and the willingness to learn learn learn and occasionally be VERY confused)?

quick question...will the linux box be connected to your internet? wired/wireless?
    
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when i get the linux box it will be connected via wired, unless for some odd reason the wired rj45 port doesn't work, i'd have to go get a wireless card.


i just started this thread to find out more about linux before i start it up. I.E to see if there is anything i should know? any tips? just general advice.
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If you are using a designated computer for it, just use the whole hard drive and let ubuntu automatically partition it for you using the entire disk. use www.ubuntuguide.org and www.ubuntuforums.org for all your questions. The guide is amazing, and you can get any questions answered at the forums very quickly
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Try the latest Ubuntu or Fedora. (Ubuntu is better for beginners IMO)
Ubuntu Download

Burn it to a CD, restart and boot from CD and let 'er rip.

It's newer and more compatible now so you shouldn't have an issue. I hope.
Fixed

Linux Mint is a derivative of Ubuntu, which means basically anything that runs on Ubuntu will run on Mint without any need to reconfigure. I installed my graphics drivers as Ubuntu/gutsy with no problems.

I've found that not only does Mint look better(I like the start bar better) it already comes with basically everything essential already installed (like flash player and java).
    
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when i get the linux box it will be connected via wired, unless for some odd reason the wired rj45 port doesn't work, i'd have to go get a wireless card.


i just started this thread to find out more about linux before i start it up. I.E to see if there is anything i should know? any tips? just general advice.

there isnt really much to know before you get into linux, you will learn mostly everything through general use of the OS. one thing to take note of is that linux does not use .exe like windows, so windows programs/apps will not work without some kind of "emulator" (not the PROPER word, but close enough), such as WINE.

first things first, install the OS, wired internet should be connected already without problems, then just do what you would normally do and if you have problems just google it or post it here on ocn.

quick note: console will be your best friend, so maybe read up on the basics of using commands (ie: sudo, su, mount, etc). nothing should be TOO difficult, but it really depends on what you try to do. the more you use it, the more it will make sense.

good luck!
    
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