Ausprobieren und Installieren

Make the step – unless you wish to purchase a PC with GNU/Linux pre-installed, you can see what freedom looks like on your computer.

Ausprobieren: die "Live CD"

Keine Risiken

Using a live CD means that GNU/Linux will be running on your computer without installing anything. It's a risk-less way to try and see by yourself what GNU/Linux is.

When running on a live CD, your computer uses solely the CD-ROM to work (without accessing the hard drive inside). You can launch all of the default programs, edit documents, and browse the web.

Da es nur zum Testen gedacht ist, ist es ein bisschen langsam (das Hochfahren dauert ca. 5 Minuten und Programme starten etwas langsamer). Wenn Sie das System aber fest installieren, wird es viel schneller laufen.

Was Sie brauchen

Um eine "Live CD" zu benutzen, brauchen Sie ein bisschen Neugier und 15 Minuten Ihrer freien Zeit, jedoch keine fortgeschrittenen Computerkenntnisse. Wenn Sie gelegentlich Windows benutzen, haben Sie bestimmt keine Schwierigkeiten damit.

Installation eines Dual-Boot Systems

Beim Starten auswählen

GNU/Linux kann parallel zu Windows auf Ihrem Computer installiert werden. Beim Starten Ihres Computers haben Sie dann die Wahl, welches Betriebssystem Sie benutzen möchten.

Setting up a dual-boot can be helpful if you need time to abandon restrictive software. It is not difficult to set-up, though erasing Windows altogether is even easier.

Was Sie brauchen

Installing GNU/Linux on your computer will take you less than 30 minutes. It is not an obvious step for complete beginners, but if you use computers on a daily basis this is very likely within your reach. If you have already re-installed Windows on your computer, rest assured that installing GNU/Linux is no harder.

Holen Sie sich die CD

For the distributions we recommend, the live CD (or DVD) is the same as the installation CD. You can either download and burn a CD yourself, or order a CD from a trusted vendor.

You can download an iso image (rather large file) and then burn it to a DVD or create a bootable USB stick. You can then use it to install Ubuntu onto your computer.

The Fedora live CD also enables installation. Follow the Fedora installation guide to get started with Fedora.

The Trisquel installation is very similar to that of Ubuntu.

Note: Purchased and downloaded CDs are identical! GNU/Linux is free software. You are simply paying a handling/shipping fee.

Freie Software vorinstalliert

Not all computers are shipped with Windows. If you do not wish to make the install yourself, or are in need of new hardware, you can get a laptop or a desktop pre-installed with GNU/Linux. LinuxPreloaded.com has compiled a list of vendors pre-installing GNU/Linux just for that reason.