Confused: LiveCD and Complete InstallCD

Asked by J.Humberto

Hi, friends. I'm new with GNU/Linux, just starting. I'm a little bit confused. I just downloaded the last version of Ubuntu (8.10) in an ISO file for burn a CD. Now I want to download the LiveCD ISO, but seems to be the same ISO I already have. My question is: Is it the same ISO for LiveCD and for Complete Instalation CD? I'll be thankfull if you solve my question.

I also would like to know were I can find books or material for deep understanding of How Computers work, how to use Linux and a little of programmation. Do I have to have previous knowledgment (like maths, or smth like that) to start myself in the world of Linux and programmation??

Thanks a lot, I really apreciatte this kind of communities.



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sintacto (sintacto) said :

I think the alternate cd is for installing only
but the live cd can install too (if you have enough ram)
have you booted the cd yet to see?
it will ask questions before partitioning/installing so it wont hurt to try to boot them.
make shure bios is set to boot from cd drive before harddrive.
if this is your first time
follow instructions for medibuntu to play media you are used to playing.
I would start with the help menu in ubuntu
then google.

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Best GAkHEdgmrQ (mvndukezjm-deactivatedaccount) said :

Welcome aboard J.Humberto!

To answer your first question. There are many different methods to install Ubuntu, all of which generally result in the same "full" installation.

Your downloaded (desktop) iso offers two main methods for installation, a simple graphical installation and a live-cd mode where you get a chance to play with the desktop and check everything is functional before installing.

Fetching the "alternative" iso would install the exact same "full" desktop environment, but the installer itself isn't graphical. It is usually used by power-users and those wishing to run Ubuntu on old hardware.

To answer your second question. Regarding programming, I would check out this thread in the Ubuntu forum, This thread is a great place to start. Python seems to be a good language to play with for beginners and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to learn some of the basics ;)

If you would like books about Ubuntu itself. check out "Ubuntu Kung-Fu" and "Ubuntu Pocket Guide". I hear they are quite good.

Hope this helps

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J.Humberto (juanhumberto) said :

Thanks StevePearce, that solved my question.