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Getting Started With Linux

What files do I need to get started? Where do I get them? How do I install them? —Michael Hall

Linux is best installed from a distribution, which is a collection of usable kernels, software and utilities. Distributions generally have decent installation programs that allow you to set up and install the packages that come with them.

There are many distributions, such as Slackware, Red Hat, Debian and others. If you are new to Linux and have no Unix experience, you may wish to buy a book on Linux since that book will come with a Linux CD and easy installation instructions.

If you want to do this on your own, visit the primary Linux FTP site, http://sunsite.unc.edu/, or a mirror of this site. Look in the /pub/Linux/distributions directory. Each distribution has different requirements and installation procedures, so you will have to look for README (and other) files there.

For experienced computer users who want to get into Linux without a book, I recommend Slackware. It can be installed from almost any media, even DOS-formatted floppy disks, and it's somewhat easier to figure out than other distributions when you go it alone. —Chad Robinson, BRT Technologies chadr@brt.com

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How do I connect my linux machine with windowsXp local n/w

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I've just configured my linux machine & want to make its contents available on Local Windows XP network.

Can somebody help me provide a step by step documentation of bringing my linux machine on n/w?

I'm absolutely new to linux so pls. ensure a detailed & well defined answer. Would be really grateful. To save time one may even give a URL address where I can find my relevant answer.

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