Hi I just joined today and have some questions. Fist off a little about why I am here.
I enjoy tinkering with android based smart phones. I am told that what you can learn of programming with linux with directly correlate to the android os. Being very similar if not the same at its core. I want to start developing custom roms for them and again am tild the best way to do so is on a linux based pc. I just inherited my late mother in laws dinosaur pc. The most I can tell you about it is it runs windows2k pro and has a 56k voice modem. So no internet on it yet. I am looking to upgrade everything in it as I get the disposable cash to do so. Im in the middle of restoring a motorcycle and swapping a transmission in my wifes freestyle , $5000 cvt transmission. Doing some repairs on my house.
At this time I just want to get a distro running on it to learn on that will easily roll with my upgrades later. I downloaded zorin os 6.2 32bit I have tried several programs to burn it to a 2gig usb stick with always a cannot format usb or format to fat32. I also tried to burn it to a cd and that failed also not enough space on the cd. I chose zorin because it was said to be kid friendly. To me kid friendly= easy for an adult to learn with. The only thing I have done is downloaded it from the zorin website and the transfered via usb to the old pc that has a cdrw drive and tried to burn it to the cd. Should I unzip this file first? Is there a program I can downkoad that handles this task better? The install instructions dont say to do more than burn it to a disk. The file I downloaded was I think 1.6? Gigs and the cds I have only hold 700mb. Without a new thumb drive I dont suppose itll go usb unless there is a way to get this one working.
My wife wont let me use her pc to try to solve this so im working with the dinasaur and a netbook that runs on win xp. The cdrw drive is usb and can be moved from the pc to the netbook.
I would greatly appreciate any help in getting this little experiment going. If I can get it running and its fun to do I may be switching from a manufacturing career to a comouter programming career. Tech schools are always looking for students and I know one where the instructors are great and therye building a campus 2 miles from my house due to open fall quarter.
Can anyine help a newjie out? Ive googled a lot and most tutorials are 2+ years old and I honestly dont have the time to spend hours trying different programs to solve my problem. I am ooen to suggestions on which linux distro to be use and how to load it. I plan on removing windows from that pc as soon as I load a linux distro to it.
Thanks in advance for your time in help in leading me to a solution.