"Let me begin by declaring that this is a basic summary for
beginners. I do not try to clarify solutions where complex issues
such as bad disks and the need for fsck exist. However, in the past
few months as I've tried to help more people totally new to Linux
switch over, it became obvious that there is a common theme of
installation failures that need to be addressed.
"I've tried to give examples for specific flavours. But you will
quickly find that problems occurring with one flavour also exist
with another. I consider the ease of installation of Linux to be
vital to its uptake, especially on the desktops, and hope this
article helps at least one person avoid a potential installation
pain and start using Linux productively..."