I am a newbie to Linux. I have Red Hat and have had it for years but never really felt comfortable using it so I never really did. My question is, isn't there a Linux program that runs from a cd inside windows that I can use to get comfortable with it before I install it on a computer?? I remember such a thing but cannot find it anywhere. Please help I want to take back control of my PC!!!!
There are many great Linux Live CDs and DVDs which allow you to run entirely from CD or DVD so you can play with the OS before you install it.
http://www.knoppix.org/ 700MB CD, 3GB DVD
http://www.ubuntu.com/ 650MB CD
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/ 50MB CD
Knoppix is probably one of the best ones to start with.
damnsmalllinux / DSL is great for old systems.
Ubuntu is not as great as a Live CD it is meant to be installed.
Here's the CD:
and the DVD:
Make sure you check the md5 and sha1 sums!
This is the procedure for checking the md5 and sha1 sums:
The procedure is the same for md5 and sha1 although you also need sha1sum.exe from: ftp://ftp.gnupg.org/gcrypt/binary/sha1sum.exe
with this sig
the source code is here:
Fast mirror for downloads:
I would strongly recommend Fedora Core 6, Fedora 7 or Ubuntu 7.04
If you have an AMD64 or other 64bit CPU:
If you have a 32bit CPU:
For ubuntu check here:
I've used both fedora core 6, mythdora which is myth tv on a stripped down version of fedora, and Ubuntu. It depends what your into.
I like Ubuntu because it's not as bloated as fedora. I am typing on a 400 mhz computer right now with 512 mb ram and the thing flies except for boot up.
Fedora is great for having the majority of the software already there but I don't like yum since it's slow and I hope will some day be able to compete with the speed of apt-get. Although I found installing mythtv went much better with fedora I'm sure Ubuntu is catching up. I heard the latest Ubuntu support most capture cards out of the box.
If you go with Ubuntu I suggest automatix if your looking for support of most media types, players, and some cool tools although the program is in questionable legal standing with some of it's add-ons like DVD support.