Chapter 1Installation

I REMEMBER WHEN IT WAS QUITE the ordeal to install Linux. You had to download a complete set of floppy images and use some strange Linux or Windows tool to dump those images to floppies. After you had your set of floppies and started the installation process, you would quickly realize that the installation program assumed you already knew quite a bit about Linux and about computers in general. I am actively involved in a Linux users’ group, and a staple of Linux users’ groups is the install-fest—an event to which Linux newbies can bring their computers and have an expert walk them through the installation process.

Well, these days Linux distributions have made great strides to improve the install process. A desktop Ubuntu ...

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