You can install Linux in three different ways:
– Alone as the only operating system on your computer
– Side by side with your existing operating systems such as Windows
– in a virtualization program such as VMware or VirtualBox
If you are new to Linux, it is best to use one of the more user-friendly distros such as Ubuntu, CentOS, Fedora or OpenSUSE.
To be able to install Linux and its graphical user interface, your computer must meet the following requirements:
CPU: 400 MHz Pentium Pro or better
RAM: 1 GB or more
Hard disk: 10 GB or more of free space
There are some Linux distributions which are designed to work with less powerful computers than this. Some distributions require a faster processor or you will not be able to use them properly. You can check the documentation of the distribution you have chosen to get a better idea about the system requirements.
Any modern computer which can run Windows will probably be sufficient for running Linux. You can also revive ant old computers that you may have lying around by installing Linux on them. Installing Linux on old computers will extend their life and make them usable again.
The best way to recycle old computers is to prolong their use as long as possible. Recent versions of Windows may not support old hardware. Older versions of Windows are not supported any more and may be prone to security vulnerabilities. Linux, thus, offers a good solution..