Help - complete Linux newbie

Tim M southern.tim at
Thu Nov 29 12:49:45 UTC 2007

Another way to get Ubuntu and one without having to burn an ISO is to
It is a free service . . . the only problem is it takes weeks go get your copy.
By the way be sure to BACKUP the present OS on your laptop before
installing Ubuntu.


On 11/29/07, Joel Bryan Juliano <joelbryan.juliano at> wrote:
> On Nov 29, 2007 12:23 PM, Hal Davis <lawyer07 at> wrote:
> > Read the PCMag article on Linux, and decided to download Ubuntu, because
> > they said it was good for newbies, and it came with a reliable partition
> > utility so I could make my laptop into a dual-boot device.
> >
> > Completed the 20-minute download, and I now have a 700 MB .iso file on
> > my Windows desktop. Trouble is, I try double-clicking on the file and
> > nothing happens. I get a message about an external file needing to be
> > opened, and I tell it, sure, whatever, and nothing happens.
> >
> > How do I make the magic happen?
> >
> > Hal Davis
> >
> .ISO's are a complete copy of a CD, DVD or any optical media that is
> made as files. (Which is called images)
> Windows XP doesn't have a included application to open it, so you'll have
> to.
> 1. Download an ISO burning application, many of them had been discussed
> here.
> 2. Open those files using those application, and burn it in a CD.
> The next thing you need to do is prepare your computer to boot the burned
> CD.
> 3. Go to your BIOS setup, usually by pressing (DEL), then change the
> boot order to boot CD/DVD drives first.
> 4. Complete the easy-to-use installation process.
> Hope this helps! Enjoy!
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