Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 is a versatile technology that organizations and business units of all sizes can use to increase the efficiency of business processes and improve team productivity. SharePoint Foundation 2010 gives people access to information they need by using tools for collaboration that help people stay connected across organizational and geographic boundaries.
The installation was fairly straightforward with a few speed bumps which are easily avoidable.
You can download SharePoint Foundation 2010 from this URL:http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=49c79a8a-4612-4e7d-a0b4-3bb429b46595&displaylang=en
also The Language Pack available in this URL:http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=646e311a-aaf3-4d30-b03c-2f3c70d19a22&displaylang=en
1.Double click the beta exe file and it will start extracting the setup files
2.Next you will be presented with the following screens and the options. You can get all my prerequisites in one place ..
3.Here you can see the list of Prerequisites that are needed and they can be installed as easily as next option
4.Towards the end you get the following screen
Which shows the end of installation of the prerequisites.
5.So you get back to the original screen and start the Install SharePoint Foundation option
And then onto the configuration page