What is the easiest solution to install a Linux operating system, such as Fedora?
I agree with what sblair said.
I would do the following:
- Goto VirtualBox website and download VirtualBox, it will allow you to install linux without altering your Windows setup.
- Once you have installed VirtualBox, go download yourself a distro of Linux, personally I would recommend Ubuntu as it is very user friendly, but theres a whole load of distros located here.
- Download the ISO
- Mount that ISO in virtual box, start up the VB and follow the instructions
Hope this helps!
Do your research. Do you want a distro for a VM or a real system? Do you want to dualboot or singleboot if its a physical system?
For most newbies i'd suggest a fairly well supported, and common distribution to start with, and one that has a livecd or minimal install cd - I tend to suggest ubuntu (for people using newer systems) or debian, but there's plenty of good newbie centered distros.
Once that's done, look up your hardware or VM software to make sure there's no known issues with what you're using
While most VM distros have a partitioner, i suggest backing up your original system (or better yet, image it with something like clonezilla, and partitioning it before even starting to install. Test if everything works.
I like to partition my systems before i even start installing, unless its a fresh install on a system with no previous OS.Even if you don't, start planning for your partitions now, before you even do the install. In any case for a newbie 2 partitions for linux is enough - one 10-20 gig partition for system, and one partition about twice as much as your ram for swap
Once all that's done, download a CD and burn it or get a installation USB ready (unetbootin is great for this), get your computer online if need be. Pop it in, run the install process, cross your fingers, and you're good to go.