The Latitude D610, a laptop computer made by Dell, was developed to be durable, user-friendly and lightweight. It comes with a patented hard drive shock absorber and a chassis constructed of steel, magnesium and aluminium for extra durability and protection. The D610 comes prepackaged with Windows, but you can install Linux, a free, stable and open source operating system, in its place.
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- Blank CD
Go to the link in Resources called "Top Ten Linux Distributions." This is a list of the 10 most popular versions of Linux as of 2010. There are dozens of mainstream releases to choose from, but these are currently the highest rated based on ease of use, program packages and interfaces. Read over the list and choose the version you want installed on your D610.
Follow the link next to "Available Editions" under the Linux distribution you chose and download the installation file. This is a disc image, or ISO file, and is an image of the operating system for burning onto CD.
Open your CD burning software and choose "Burn Disc Image." Locate the ISO you downloaded and select it as the file you want to burn to CD. Click "Create Disc" and wait for the process to complete. Restart the D610 with the new CD in the drive.
Press "F2" to access your BIOS menu. Locate "Boot Priority" and set "CD-ROM" as "1st Device." Save and restart. Now your D610 boots into the Linux CD you made.
Choose "Install Linux" from the menu. Follow the on-screen prompts for setting up and installing the version you chose. They will each have a different installation wizard, but all are set up to be user-friendly and quick to install.
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