There are a number of ways to obtain a copy of Linux:
The Internet (download Linux)
For people with fast Internet connections and adequate download quota then downloading the latest version of a Linux distribution will be the most convenient method. The most popular distributions are listed below:
- Ubuntu: very popular distribution
- CentOS: clone of RedHat Enterprise Linux
- Slackware: oldest surviving Linux distro!
- Knoppix: a "live" CD distribution - a great way to try and use Linux without installing anything. Some of the distributions above also provide live CDs
Also, the following WA-based sited have copies (or mirrors) of a number of distributions:
- ftp.uwa.edu.au have Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, Knoppix and others.
- ftp.iinet.net.au have Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Gentoo, Knoppix and others. This is "Freezone" content for iiNet customers (and also WAIX content for others)
- mirror.wa.3fl.net (accessible only to those connected through WAIX) have Fedora, Gentoo, Knoppix, Mandrake, Red Hat and others.
PLUG members will be happy to help out, just ask at one of the meetings or better yet, arrange beforehand on the mailing list.
Linux IT sell a large number of Linux distributions, generally for $8 per CD.
The Linux Documentation Project have a large quantity of documentation covering many aspects of Linux. Also, most of the distributions have their own mailing lists and forums, please visit their respective websites for more information.