As there are so many different types of Linux operating systems (os) also known as a Linux Distro and it can get quite confusing,
Here are some ideas.
- Think about what you use your computer for.
- Do some research into what os might suite your needs.
- When you have decided on an os Download the .iso file for it and then burn it to a CD/DVD or you can install to usb flash drives using apps like unetbootin.
- Make sure you set the computer to boot from usb then cd/dvd in bios
- Put the CD, or usb, in and start testing, no install needed
- When you find an os that you are happy withs you can then install it to the hdd or hdd partition.
Also Try and choose an os that has an extensive user base and good documentation. You will find that most have forums, wiki, and community sites which are a good source to find and ask for help. Most Linux os can be run directly from cd, dvd and usb so you can see what they are like before you install. test a few out and see what you prefer. When you are happy with the os it is usually easy to install to the hard drive (hdd) or a partition on the hdd.
Most if not all Linux os can do the basic things such as emails, browsing internet, storing and playing your music etc. There are also linux os built for specific tasks or users. so you may find one already setup with the tools you need. Unlike Mac and Windows a good Linux os will have allot of drivers built in to run most of the common, printers, scanners, graphics cards, webcams etc but if they are nto installed a quick ssearch in the os forums will usually turn out where to get them.
Here are the main Linux os I use and recommend to New Linux users (noobs, nobies).
Linux Mint: This was my first Linux operating system I found easy to use. It has support for allot of hardware and can run most things, eg printers, scanners, cameras etc, without the need for drivers and its easy to find them if you do. Linux mint is great if you want an operating system that has allot of features and feels like windows. Click here
Puppy Linux: This is a great little os and it has features not found in allot of other linux os. There are now many different versions of puppy Linux all tailored for different needs. I find that puppy linux is good especially if you have an older computer that cant run the more bigger modern os. you can bring that old slow computer back to life. for some basic information Click here.