Before starting off with Linux, you need to decide “Which Linux Will I Get?”
With literally dozens of distributions, available, the problem could be that there are just too many options. They range from those that are more suited to absolute beginners, through to supported long term release versions at enterprise levels for large corporations, governments, universities, etc.
Luckily, there are only a few that are really suitable for the average desktop user, whether for home use or for small business. The method for obtaining Linux is pretty much the same for all of these options.
FOUR EASY STEPS TO GET LINUX.
- Decide which Linux distribution you want;
- Download for free the latest version from the distribution’s web site (see below for links). Some computer magazines distribute DVD’s of the more popular distributions for free as well;
- Generally, the download is an .iso image which you need to burn to a DVD to create a bootable disc. Some offer the option of creating a live DVD which means you can boot into the Linux operating system without making any permanent changes to your computer. This is a great way of test-driving Linux. With others you can also create a bootable USB flash drive;
- Boot up your computer or laptop with the disc and you’re on your way! … The most popular distributions have installers that are very easy to use with loads of instructions on the way.
FOUR POPULAR LINUX DISTRIBUTIONS.
I’ve selected the following four simply because, over the last few years, they’ve become the most popular and convenient to use for Linux novices. There are pros & cons with all of them, and in the end it will come down to personal preference.