I have never used a Linux computer before and I am very interested in checking it out. I am downloading Fedora in an attempt to "get my feet wet."
So first let me ask, being completely inexperienced with Linux, what should I do? How do I install it, etc?
Just burn the Fedora ISO into a CD (in Nero, make sure you burn a disc image). An ISO is an image of a CD, so you need to make sure you're burning a CD image to CD, and not the ISO itself.
Once you get the Fedora CD, insert into your CD-ROM drive and reboot, once you get the isolinux
prompt (or something similar) just hit enter.
Now, a few caveats:
1) If you want to dual-boot (run Windows and Linux on the same machine), you have to set aside some space for Linux on your main drive. To do this, you need a drive partitioning software like Partition Magic. Linux and NTFS do not work well, so try to refrain from having Linux partition your NTFS drive, if you can do it yourself, do it.
2) I think Fedora has 4 CD's altogether, if you find that the file has SRC
on it, then the CD contains source code and not binaries.
3) If you want Windows and Linux to be able to share files (i.e., audio files, video files) then set aside a third partition formatted with FAT32. Linux can read and write to FAT32 with no problems, it's NTFS read/writes I'm worried about. Don't want to hose your drive because you're trying to install Linux.
4) Have fun! I finally got serious about Linux this summer 2004, and I haven't turned back. I use Linux primarily on my laptop and on my server and it has served me well. I'm in the process of migrating my P4 desktop into Vidalinux (Gentoo with a pretty installer). Seriously, enjoy Linux, Open Source is beautiful.
5) Any problems, just come back here and we'll help.