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    Linux?

    I'm not sure if this is the right place for this query, but there doesn't seem to be a better one and I do want to *find software* ... so here goes:

    Having purchased a new machine and moved my main hard disk into it to facilitate transferring the data, I am left with my old machine in more or less perfectly good working order but without any sort of operating system installed on the remaining hard disk.

    I would like to set it up as a Linux machine, but I'm not sure (1) where to find the Linux OS software, or (2) how to install it on a machine with no current OS.

    Any help would be appreciated! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Linux?

    Thanks, Ian, that's great. Just one question, having checked out your link - maybe it's me, but I thought that the basic premise behind Linux was that it was free? It's not that I don't agree the programmers have the right to be recompensed for their work (I'm a programmer myself) but what I'd heard indicated that was the case.

    Did I misunderstand?
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    Re: Linux?

    Linux *is* available for free download. What you are paying for in a retail package is documentation, media, and having a *fully* integrated package. New Linux users need to master some basic skills before they start worrying about how to update Linux and which type of package to use.

    The retail package also includes 2 free installation support calls in the first 60 days.

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    Re: Linux?

    Mandrake 8 is a fairly easy to install/configure distribution of Linux. I have seen it available on many computer magazine cover discs available in the UK.

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    Re: Linux?

    Ian - I'm with you. Many thanks. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Linux?

    Andrew, great - where would I find it, please? Or do you mean it's on the cover of the current edition of these magazines?
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    Re: Linux?

    There are two Linux mags available, Linux Format & Linux Magazine which usually carry one of the distributions on the cover CD. Also PC Plus gives good coverage and often has a distro on the DVD/CD. In fact I think I saw a version that run direct from the DVD available from PCPlus.

    They however sometime just carry an ISO image which means you may need a CD Writer. So you might want to look out for that.

    Andrew

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    Re: Linux?

    Hi Beryl:

    The best place to get started with Linux is with one of the retail packages. I recommend <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.redhat.com/products/software/linux/7-1_deluxe.html>RedHat Deluxe Workstation</A> for newbies to Linux.

    Make sure to check the <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.redhat.com/support/hardware/>Linux Hardware Compatibility</A> for your old system. Any system that could run Windows 9x should have *more* than enough power for Linux, but, you might have problems with your peripherals (video, etc.)

    You will get everything you need for installation on a new disk with the package.

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