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Resources for Linux newbies.

I'm interested in trying to install Linux on an older laptop of mine - I have no previous familiarity with Linux. Can yu recommend some good resources (installation instructions, software suggestions, etc etc) for Linux newbies?

Thanks.
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Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
Start with a distribution that has a good installer (e.g. SuSE, Mandrake, Fedora). Stay away from RedHat, it will get discontinued the end of this month.

This is one of the best online resources about Linux: http://www.icon.co.za/~psheer/book/index.html

Get a good book. I like "Running Linux" by Matt Welsh et. al.

Make sure you have enough EE points :-)

Installing Linux for the first time can be pretty intimidating, don't get discouraged too fast.

Find out if your Laptop's hardware is supported. These sites have a lot of information about different models and installation instructions: http://www.linux-laptop.net/
http://tuxmobil.org/
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avizitCommented:
visit
http://www.tldp.org/ too , it has lot of useful "HOWTOs"

/abhijit/
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cibersmurfCommented:
I too am preparing to install Linux on an older IBM PIII laptop. After months of reviewing a host of sites and comments my choices in order of preference are:
 1. Mandrake 10.0 Final release - easiest installer and most current
 2. Knoppix - latest release - easiest to aquire and can rn from a CD w/o messing with other software on machine
 3. Debian - latest release - Stable release
 4. Gentoo - latest release - complicated install but can provide optimized solution

Review hardware/driver/OS/network/internet compatibility before starting your install.

Good Luck!!!
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