There are a number of great LINUX distributions around. Many of them
only require you to download a small 'BOOT' CD (that you burn
yourself), and the boot cd will download any/all of the necessary
software at the time of install (as it goes). A nice system, as you
don't need to download software you have no intention of installing.
Perhaps the best distribution out there is DEBIAN. You can find the
Network install files here:
Basically, you download a small file, burn to a CD, and it will
download the rest of the files as needed. You can also do it with
There is also RedHat.. But, due to the way that RedHat distributes its
software, you may find that Debian is a much nicer choice. However,
the download link for RedHat (probably the most popular, but, not the
best technically) is:
You'll need to download and burn each of the following three files:
Boot disc 1 (using the CD) and it will proceed to install the software
for you (after asking numerous questions of course!)
However, since RedHat tries to make their software more 'commercial',
you will find updates are harder to keep current (and require really
annoying "surveys" every few weeks to keep the updates flowing).
You can also try Mandrake Linux (a very popular workstation version of
Linux). You can find the download version here:
If you want the link directly to the download page, you can click here:
Choose an ISO download, and download and burn each of the .iso images.
There are many other Linux distributions, however, the three above are
in my opinion the best three available for general consumption. Of the
three, Debian is probably the more difficult to use and configure, but
it is the most technically complete and is the favorite among IT
professionals. Mandrake is the easiest to use/install, but, is lacking
some of the technical achievements in Debian. RedHat is the most
popular for large corporations that are looking for Microsoft
alternatives. They have managed to get their version "certified" and
have excellent enterprise level support.
Hope that helps!
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