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    Everytime I visit a linux site with the thought of maybe
downloading a version, I see lots of downloadable files, but nothing
straight forward enough for me to feel like I'm doing it right. Is
there a version of Linux with a GUI that's free, easy to download and
foolproof to install?  I know from my own viewpoint, if it was easier
to figure out the installation procedure, I would be willing to try
it. And, for those who would be calling me lazy, you're right. I'm
perfectly content with Windows, so Linux has to intice me somehow.
Making installation simple would be a great start.

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Zilbandy wrote:
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Try the live cd first, to see if it is going to work on
you're pc.

Regards Anders.

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There is a version of Debian Linux marketed by Linspire (
They are at version 5.0.059 with fully supports AMD 64 processors although
only at 32 bit.  Although I don't have a link, it can usually be downloaded
for free. You have to go through the purchase process and then enter a code
which deducts the purchase price. Try the Linspire site.

Linspire also has a feature they call CNR which features a fully automated
download and install of a fairly large selection of software - most of which
is free. There is a charge for the CNR service but you usually get an
initial month free. After that, if you want to continue, there is a monthly
or yearly fee.

After you download the file, you can 'burn' it to a CD. Make sure you select
burn as an image, or some such language, when using Nero. I'm not sure if
the Roxio product has this option, but the burner included in XP doesn't.
After you've burned the image just pop the disc in your drive and assuming
your BIOS is set to boot from CD-ROM as the first option, just sit back and

There is an option during setup to either take over the HDD or use a
portion. If you use the portion option you can then have a dual boot system.
However, this option may only apply to XP OSs.

Linspire also has a "live-CD" version of the OS. This allows you to run from
the CD without installing anything on your machine. However, if you go this
route you may be limited to the software that is included on the disc. Also,
I'm not sure if the "live-CD" version is free.


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Most vendors have made great strides with installation. I've been using Red
Hat for years and (with the exception of one cock-up when lurching to the
Gnome GUI), installation is painless on the more recent versions.

Most of it is by hiding some of the more advanced options and setting things
like partition sizes automatically.

If you don't mind not picking-out specific packages you'd want/not want, it
only takes a little longer than a Win2000 installation.

As has been pointed-out, there are also versions available on bootable CD,
just for you to get an idea.


Hairy One Kenobi

Disclaimer: the opinions expressed in this opinion do not necessarily
reflect the opinions of the highly-opinionated person expressing the opinion
in the first place. So there!

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For lazy beginners I would recommend Ubuntu Linux as mentioned before.
It is based on Debian and you have the Debian package system which does
a very nice job by installing and maintaining your software.
Although you have the benefit of the debian experience of the major
distro which runs in most universtities as server os.

It is in difference to Linspire free and no licence fees has to be paid,
which in my opinion is the best reason to change from windows os.

You can also try a different GUI by using KDE with Kubuntu. Same Distro
- other Look and Feel. (Ubuntu uses the Gnome Desktop)

Have Fun!

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Most of the distros fit your requirement. You download the iso files. You
burn them to CD, stick the first cd into your cdrom drive and reboot.
Is it foolproof to install. Of course not. No distro yet can install if the
user inserts the cd into the drive upside down for example. Is installation
relatively straightforward? Yes.

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Why not try Knoppix (  Download the ISO and burn it to
a cd.  Knoppix a bootable Linux O/S based on Debian, and it boots to X
(gui) by default.  Of course you can look at the Knoppix cheat codes to
see how to boot using various options.

The great thing about Knoppix is that you don't have to install it to
try out Linux.  Try it...I think you'll be very impressed!

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On Sat, 10 Sep 2005 00:50:17 -0700, Zilbandy wrote:

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Installation is easy, and it's a very stable distro with lots of friendly
online support.

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