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Linux All-in-One For Dummies, 5th Edition by Emmett Dulaney

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Chapter 2

Installing Linux

In This Chapter

arrow Following the installation steps

arrow Checking Your PC’s hardware

arrow Setting aside hard drive space for Linux

arrow Trying the Ubuntu Live CD

arrow Installing Linux on a flash drive

Most PCs come with Microsoft Windows pre-installed; if you want to use Linux, you usually have to install it.

You may feel a tad worried about installing a new operating system on your PC because it’s a bit like brain surgery — or, rather, more like grafting a new brain because you can install Linux in addition to Microsoft Windows. When you install two operating systems like that, you can choose to start one or the other as you power up the PC. The biggest headache in adding Linux to a PC with Windows is creating a new disk partition — basically setting aside a part of the hard drive for Linux. The rest of the installation is routine — just a matter of following the instructions. If you want to try any of the Live CDs, you don’t have to do any disk partitioning; just boot your ...

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