November 3, 2014

How to install linux on my harddisk?

Well i am newbie in Linux. Trying to install Linux in my PC for the first time. Below is what i have tried: i am using windows XP. So, made a partition in my hard disk of 15 GB in NTFS format. I have downloaded Desktop147Release-2.iso from website and burned it in a dvd. I can run it from the dvd. But how am i going to install it in a partiotion in my hard disk, so that i dont need to boot from DVD. Please help me out.

Simplicity Linux?

Simplicity Linux?

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Hi, and welcome to Linux!...

Hi, and welcome to Linux!

As a newbie, I would highly recommend that you backup anything from your XP system that is important to you. Things CAN go wrong installing Linux and you don't want to lose any data.

I take it you are using Simplicity Linux, the Desktop edition. I've never used this but my understanding is that it is a variant of Puppy Linux. I found on the Simplicity Linux website that you can use the Puppy Universal Installer to install to your hard drive. Look through your menus when running the DVD... I guess it will be there.

Before you try to install, I would attempt to delete the NTFS partition that you created to store your Linux. Creating the partition is a good idea, but it would be better to leave it unformatted. Linux does not install into NTFS partitions. It can read/write into NTFS, but I don't think it will install there. The Puppy Universal Installer may fix this for you, but I can't say for sure.

There is a lot to learn when first getting started, so try not to let it daunt you. It is actually very easy to install most Linux distributions, most of the time.

If you don't mind getting rid of XP, it is even easier. Most distributions will let you install Linux to the entire hard disk with little trouble. I don't know Simplicity Linux, but others that are very newbie-friendly are Linux Mint, Lubuntu, LXLE, Zorin, and probably many others as well.

Good luck!

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