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ZDNet: Prepare Your PC for Linux

Jan 27, 2001, 12:31 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Stewart)

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"This article will walk you through some pre-installation procedures to help make sure your system is ready for Linux, and set the stage for a happy transition. I won't discuss any specific distribution of Linux, but rather give generic advice appropriate for preparing any PC system for any Linux installation. Of course, the particular Linux vendor you select will probably offer documentation on installation as well, which should be studied carefully before you begin."

"You'll need to determine a couple of things before you install Linux on your system. For example, you should know which particular distribution of Linux you'll be using (there are many), whether you are going to have Linux coexist with Windows on your system, and if your hardware is compatible with Linux."

"Performing a system inventory will help you determine if your hardware is going to work with Linux. It may also come in handy during the installation if you are queried about specific components of your system. Many of the modern distributions can autodetect common hardware configurations, but it's always a good idea to have the details printed out just in case."

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