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   >  Patching Fedora Linux
   >  Installing TinyCore Linux
   >  Installing Linux Mint
   >  Patching Linux Mint
   >  Installing SimplyMEPIS & AntiX Linux
   >  Installing Fedora 17
   >  Creating Fedora Live USBs
   >  Installing Multimedia Support in Fedora

 

Downloading a Linux Distribution

Downloading a Linux Image to your PC

This section shows you how to find and download various Linux distributions: once downloaded, follow the instructions in the section on making a boot disc using the downloaded image.

Note: as most people installing Linux will have access to the internet, we assume in this section that you have some means of downloading the distribution from the internet. If you have obtained a boot disc from a magazine or otherwise ordered a disc, this step can be skipped

To download a Linux image, the first thing you need to do is to open a browser and navigate to the distro's website. The latest version is normally highlighted on the home page.

Note: most browsers (-such as Firefox) will place any downloaded file in the /home/<user>/Downloads directory


Downloading the Ubuntu Image

Ubuntu Software Centre entry

The above shows the Ubuntu home page (http://www.ubuntu.com/) with the link to the latest release. Click on the “Download Ubuntu” link to navigate to the downloads page. The downloads page will display:

Ubuntu Software Centre entry

Pick the version you want (-there will normally be several versions available) then click the “Start Download” link to begin:

Ubuntu Software Centre entry

You will then see a dialogue box open up : choose “Save File” and click “OK”:

Ubuntu Software Centre entry

This will then close and a new dialogue box will chart the progress of your download. For a distro like Ubuntu, this could take up to an hour, depending upon your download speed.


Downloading the Fedora Image

Go to the Fedora home page (http://fedoraproject.org/) then click on the “Download” link to navigate to the downloads page. The downloads page will display:

Fedora Download Page

Click on the “Download Now!” link to begin. You will then see a dialogue box open up : choose “Save File” and click “OK”:

Fedora Download Dialogue

This will then close and a new dialogue box will chart the progress of your download. Like Ubuntu, this could take up to an hour, depending upon your download speed.


Downloading the TinyCore Image

Go to the TinyCore home page (http://distro.ibiblio.org/tinycorelinux/welcome.html) then click on the “Downloads” link to navigate to the downloads page:

Tiny Core Home Page

Click on the “TinyCore” link to begin. You will then see a dialogue box open up : choose “Save File” and click “OK”:

Tiny Core Download Dialogue

This will then close and a new dialogue box will chart the progress of your download. Unlike Ubuntu or Fedora this will likely take only a few seconds:

Tiny Core Download Completed


Downloading the Puppy Image

Go to the Puppy home page (http://puppylinux.org) then click on the “Download Latest Release” link to navigate to the downloads page:

Puppy Home Page

Scroll down and click on the link for the latest release:

Puppy Download Page

You will then see a dialogue box open up : choose “Save File” and click “OK”:

Firefox Download Dialogue

This will then close and a new dialogue box will chart the progress of your download. The download is likely to take only a few minutes, but nowhere near as long as Ubuntu or Fedora:

Puppy Download in Progress


Downloading the Mint Image

Go to the Mint home page (http://www.linuxmint.com/):

Mint Home Page

Click on the “Download” link to navigate to the downloads page, then scroll down and find the desired image for your machine:

Tiny Core Home Page

Scroll down and click on the nearest mirror site:

Tiny Core Download Completed

You will then see a dialogue box open up : choose “Save File” and click “OK”:

Tiny Core Download Dialogue

This will then close and a new dialogue box will chart the progress of your download. The download is likely to take several minutes - significantly longer than Puppy:

Tiny Core Download Completed


Downloading the SimplyMEPIS / AntiX Image

Go to the MEPIS download page (http://www.mepis.org/mirrors) - or search for suitable download pages (e.g. http://distro.ibiblio.org/mepis/released/):

MEPIS Download Page

Scroll down and click on the desired image for your machine. You will then see a dialogue box open up : choose “Save File” and click “OK”.

The MEPIS download will begin and new dialogue box will chart the progress of your download. The download is likely to take a long time (-in our test, on a 6.4Mb/sec line, it took three hours!!) - so you may want to use BitTorrent Client instead:

MEPIS Downloadin Progress

Note: if you are downloading AntiX, this will be much quicker as it's image is roughly half of the size of SimplyMEPIS!


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