Install Linux Without Damaging Windows

installing Linux is much easier then people think it is. I have installed both Mac Os X, Windows and Linux several times, and I would say that Installing Linux is definetly easier then installing Windows.

Installing Linux as the only Operative System on your regular computer
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Install Linux as one of several Operating Systems on your regular computer
Difficulty: Very easy-Medium(depends on the distribution of Linux you will use
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Install Linux as one of several Operating Systems on your Intel Macbook
Difficulty: Very easy-Medium(depends on the distribution of Linux you will use
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using Bootcamp and Refit (ubuntu focused) Medium
without using Bootcamp and Refit (ubuntu focused) Medium/Hard
Using Refit (very ubuntu focused) Easy-Medium Official ubuntu guide

Install Linux as one of several Operating Systems on your Ppc Macbook
Difficulty: Very easy-Medium(depends on the distribution of Linux you will use
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Install Linux as one of several Operating Systems on your Playstation 3
Difficulty: Very easy-Medium(depends on the distribution of Linux you will use
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Install Linux

There is alot of ways to install Linux on your computer, the most common way is to use a cd and install linux in a dualboot enviroment. Here is the steps I would recommend you do before installing Linux:

  • Linux needs space on your harddrive, so make sure it has atleast 15GB to play with(depending on your distribution of space)
  • If you want Linux to take space from one of your excisting partitions(Such as C:/ or D:/) then defragment that partition first.
  • Backup all your valuable data

On a regular computer from a bootable cd (EASY)

  • Find a distribution that you want to install. (keep in mind: if you have an slow computer, you should choose one of the lighter versions of Linux)

Find a distribution

  • Download a copy of the distribution you like the most (I would recommend Ubuntu, mostly because It is easy to use, yet powerful, if you have a slow or old computer give Xubuntu a try)
  • Burn the copy to a cd
  • Put the cd in the drive, and restart your computer
  • Make the computer boot from the cd instead of the harddrive
  • Follow the instructions that are on the screen (there will be instructions for all user friendly distributions, if there is not, you are not using a user friendly distribution and you have to check their websites for instructions)

On an Intel Macbook

On an Playstation 3

Install Linux on Playstation 3 Medium
Install Linux on a Intel Macbook Medium (universal)
++++Using a
Barebone Ubuntu Install Easy-Medium

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