Exped Win user New to Linux looking for general install information.

Let me preface this by saying that this is the first time I ever used Linux. I know nothing about it. Is there somewhere I can go for a general commands list? The basic stuff, how to move files, how to navigate directory trees etc. Also which each tree does within the system, so I do not install apps into the OS directory etc.Will my computer be able to support it? And by this I mean, will Linux make use of my hardware the way my Windows Vista does. Currently I have a Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz, 8 gigs of Corsair dual channel ram, and 2 NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX 768 in SLi.Windows is a pain in the ass to setup. Will I be able to get online with Unbuntu by just going here "http://www.ubuntu.com/products/GetUbuntu/download", choosing my mirror, and installing it?Please contact me on this forum, or via aim Iwillbeheresoon Thank you for taking the time to read this, and moreover taking the time to respond.

I cannot for the life of me

I cannot for the life of me figure out how to retain post structure on this forum. Sorry it's just a block of text.

Hey,Basically, you have got

Hey,Basically, you have got to download ubuntu ISO image and then record it. (Google burn iso image). Then you have to put cd in the computer and restart it. If your BIOS is setup to read your cd first, you should be seeing screen with Ubuntu. I don't know what latest ubuntu show you, but i think you can just click start or install, it will start ubuntu from cd (time consuming in some cases).At this stage you will be able to experience ubuntu without even installing it. There is too much stuff to write. Google how to install ubuntu and you will have plenty info, but ubuntu is very easy to install (easier than windows i would say). Ubuntu is made so you dont have to learn linux commands (in most cases). You install/delete software using Synaptic Package Manager, and it is very straight forward. Like i said, your question is too broad. Try to install it, and then come back to us with specific questions. Good luck! 

Check this guide before installing

If you've never used Linux before, you might want to check out this guide before you install Ubuntu


It's by a fairly experienced user who hasn't forgotten he was a newbie once.

You should also check out ubuntuforums.org, especially for hardware related doubts. The most common issues usually relate to audio(Intel HDA(ICH 7 and 8 series) and the newest Soundblaster Audigy cards, mostly fixed in Ubuntu 8.04) and ATI graphics cards.

Your hardware specs as quoted above should work just fine with Ubuntu, though if you want to make full use of the processor and 8 Gigs RAM, opt for the 64-bit version of Ubuntu(32-bit OSes typically make use of up to only 4 Gigs RAM).

I think you should check out the guide I mentioned above- it should clear most of your doubts. If you have any other questions, PM me and I'll answer them to the best of my ability(or at least tell you where you can get answers).

Hope this was helpful.

Wish you a great Ubuntu experience.