Linux has many different distros or distributions which are different flavors or versions of Linux. To install Linux you need to choose a distribution and download an ISO file which contains the Linux image. You can find the ISO files of many distros here.
You can load the ISO onto a flash drive using a tool like YUMI, or you can install it onto a virtual machine such as virtualbox. Dual booting is also an option for advanced users.
Once the distro is loaded onto a flash drive you can run Linux live or you can install it as your base operating system. To do either you will need to boot to the flash drive from your computer’s BIOS; How this is done differs depending on your computer’s manufacturer. If your computer came with windows 8 or 10 pre-installed then this will be more tricky as there are probably a few options that need to be changed in the BIOS first. It can also be done with a mac.
Every distro is different but can be customized to your needs and liking. One of the first things you will need to do after installing a distro is to choose a desktop environment.
To install a program in Linux you will have to either install it from source or use a package manager.
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