Obtaining a Linux Distribution
The easiest way to install a particular Linux distribution is to download it from the web. Of course, this assumes you have access to a working computer with access to the internet (-and preferably a broadband connection at that).
If you are installing Linux on a computer it is normally because:
You have just bought a new computer (-in which case it should come pre-loaded with an operating system)
You have got fed up with the existing operating system and are looking for something better
Or you are building a PC from scratch
The easiest way to install a particular Linux distribution is to download it from the web
In the first two cases, you should have a working PC (-although you still might not have access to the web). If you really don't have access to the internet, you'll need to either:
Here are the main sources for a sample of Linux distributions (-use a search engine to locate other distros):
As most people reading this will already have access to the internet and this is the cheapest (i.e. free) way into Linux, we would always recommend downloading the distribution over the internet.