This book is intended for user of an operating system other than Linux and wants to switch to Linux and particularly to AntiX Linux for one or the other reason. The most common reason provided by computer users for switching to Linux is “its free”. Apart from the “free” tag, it may be useful for a variety of reasons:
1. Your old laptop/PC is too old and outdated to support latest version of Windows or Mac.
2. Linux is not affected by viruses.
3. Linux can be used effectively for programming and code learning purposes.
4. to enhance knowledge
The guide can also be applied to other types of Debian Linux such as MX Linux or Zorin Linux. This book guides you through the process of selection of OS, exploring Linux on live Linux, accessing windows drives in linux, installation of Linux, the partition of Linux, understanding and setting up dual booting Linux along with windows, installation of all modern tools like ZOOM, python, pycharm, C/C++ compilers, google drive setup on Linux. After completing this book you will gain confidence in switching from Windows to Linux Operating Systems.
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Targeted Age Group:: 6-100
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I am a great fan of Linux, however, I find that most people are reluctant to switch to Linux due to their fear of damaging computers. I have written this book as a guide to those people who want to switch to Linux and want to have a new experience.
Before you start the installation of Linux or you want to run live Linux on your system for testing hardware and feature of a Linux operating system, you will be required to set your tools in place. You will need a USB pen drive with a capacity of about 8 GB. This pendrive will be used to save installation files of Linux or files to run live Linux on your system. Further, assuming that you are using a Windows computer, you will be required to have any software for writing Linux ISO files on the pendrive.
The step by step process of making a pendrive ready for running live Linux or installation of Linux is explained in upcoming sections.
What is a bootable media/ device
When your system does not have any operating system, it cannot start on switching power. Say you want to change the operating system or you want to install a new operating system or you want to scan your computer with an antivirus while keeping your computer operating system shut, you will need bootable media for starting your computer. This can be done through special instructions stored on another Hard Disk or USB pen drive or Compact Disk (CD).
In simpler terms, making USB bootable means loading special instructions on pendrive to load certain files to start an operating system. You cannot communicate with a dead OS computer without bootable media. Here in our case, we will be storing the bootable data on USB to start our PC from scratch without going into Windows OS.
Uses of a bootable USB
1. Most commonly bootable USBs are used for installing a new operating system
2. Loading a small operating system with an anti-virus scanner to scan PC/Laptop hard drive for virus or errors.
3. Flashing Bios Memory (not covered in this book. To be done by experts only as this may damage your PC)
Making USB drive bootable
For making your pendrive bootable you may need to install software on your Windows PC to load booting instruction and operating system ISO on pendrive. This software will copy operating system files and booting instructions on a USB drive. ISO are file images intended to make CD/DVD.
Why cannot I simply copy-paste ISO data on pendrive as I usually do? hmmm… yes you can copy-paste to load data on pendrive, but from this process, the pendrive will not become a bootable pen drive i.e. instructions will not be copied into the right location.
The boot instruction for execution requires them to be stored in the first 512 bytes of a pendrive/CD/hard disk. Well, this is a hardware part, without going into detail, I tell you that copying will not put the booting instruction at the right locations.
I suggest a few software for installation on your Windows machine to copy OS ISO on your pendrive to make your pendrive bootable for installation of a new operating system.
Below is the link to one such software that can copy ISO data to your pendrive and make it bootable. You are strongly recommended to install this software on your Windows PC.
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