Yesterday I started a download that would ultimately last for about 9-11 hours. The download was the Kubuntu ISO file. For those of you who don’t know, an ISO file is the type of file Operating Systems, such as Ubuntu and other versions of Linux, can be downloaded in. I have some expierence with different versions of Linux, Ubuntu, Knoppix, and now Kubuntu, so this process was nothing new to me. I started the download yesterday, and this morning when I woke up, it was finished, so I went to burn my Kubuntu to a disk. Now I will guide you through the full process of burning and running a version of Linux. First, you need a version of Linux. Now I would personally recommend Ubuntu, because it’s very easy to use, and because the other versions of Linux that I’ve tried either didn’t work, or were to complicated. For this guide I’m going to use Ubuntu as an example, which you can download by going to This website, checking the correct checkbox (the one that says Latest Version), and clicking the Begin Download button. This download will take anywhere from 5-15 hours, depending on your connection. Generally the ISO file is around 699MB. For convienence, have the download location of the ISO file be on your Desktop. Second you need two programs, ISO Recorder PowerToy, which you can download by going to Alex Feinman’s website, Here, or by clicking Here to download the file from Download.com for Windows XP 32 bit, and OSL 2000. OSL 2000 is a boot manager for Windows XP. With OSL 2000 every time you reboot your computer, even from only Hibernate mode, OSL 2000 will pop up, and ask you what you want to do. There are about six or so options in that screen, and to move to the different options use your arrow keys, and the enter button once you’ve selected the option you want. Once you’ve downloaded those two programs, and the ISO file is finished downloading to your computer, go to your Desktop and right-click on the ISO file. You should see an option that says Copy image to CD, click that option and follow the screen prompts. Now your disk is ready to be run. If you used the first method mentioned skip this next part.
Alternate Method for burning the ISO image to your CD.
Open My Computer, ususally by clicking Start, then clicking the My Computer button on the right side of your start menu. Next look for your CD drive, normally this drive will say CD Drive (D:). Right-click your CD drive, and then click on the option that says Copy image to CD. When a wizard pops up locate the ISO file on your desktop, or wherever you downloaded it to, and then follow the remaining prompts.
Here’s a great guide on how to write ISO file to a CD.
How to write ISO files to a CD