"Instead of providing a step-by-step tutorial for a specific
installation process, our goal is to educate you on the underlying
concepts in a more generalized way that you will be able to apply
towards many different Linux distros. You should also read our
previous guide to installing Ubuntu for further instructions.
"Acquisition and preparation
Before you can install and play around with Linux, you have to
acquire it first. While some computers come pre-equipped with Linux
through the OEM, (certain Dell models and various netbooks, for
instance) most of you will have to download it from the internet.
The most considerate way to do this is through Bittorrent, since
peer-to-peer eliminates the bandwidth strain on servers that
conventional downloads create. All you have to do is find a torrent
file of the distro you want and start the download. (assuming the
torrent is still being seeded) We advise you to follow proper
etiquette and seed as much as you download (at least a 1:1 ratio)
so other people can benefit from the torrent like you did."