Once you're done selecting your distro, you'll need to install Linux. There are several ways you can go about getting Linux on your computer.
If you're new to Linux, and want to test the waters before committing, we recommend you download VirtualBox. Essentially, this allows you to run another OS within your main OS.
The advantages of installing through VirtualBox include:
The disadvantages are as follows:
Once you're in the VirtualBox, click on New button.
Select the amount of RAM you want to allocate. Recall that this is the amount of space that current programs will have access to as they are running. If your system has fewer than 2 GB, use the 512 MB option. If it has 4 GB or more, go for 1 GB.
Now you can choose how large of a hard drive you want. 8 GB is just enough to get started. Select Create a virtual hard drive now and continue.
Select VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) and hit Continue.
If you think that 8 GB won't be enough to toy around with, you may opt to Dynamically allocate this size. However, we hope that by the time you're willing to expand from a 8 GB fixed size, you'll also want to fully commit and install Linux on your hard drive itself. We'll choose Fixed size.
Now click Create and your virtual Hard Drive should be created.
Now when you start your VirtualBox, you'll be able to choose the .iso image that you downloaded previously. Load that up and you should be ready to go!
If you're more committed to using Linux, then you could partition your current hard drive and install Linux that way. This method involves using a USB device to copy a Linux distro and booting your computer through the USB.
If you've already committed and are interested in installing Linux directly to your hard drive, do a quick Google search on how to do so. Otherwise, we'll cover it later on when we learn about Partitions.
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