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Offline mitch

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linux for newbies???
« on: August 13, 2005, 01:17:44 AM »
I'm thinking of playing with linux and have a few basic questions, so if anyone knows feel free to reply ;-))))

I'd make the box and install linux from scratch

would like a good gui version
and stay out of the admin /command instructions as much as possible

and i know if i make the box i will need the linux drivers so
how can i tell if a mobo/modem/video card are going to be compatible with linux?

I've looked around the web a bit and found linspire ( the old lindows) but don't know/think that is the way to go
and i have found several linux sites and every time i read something it gets more confusing

figure i could build the box for about $200 with amd chip but where is a site or info on what linux knows about so no problems on install! and would start out with the basic web stuff

and i hear it is darn hard to find a 56k modem for linux too?  there is no way that this guy could write a driver !!

so any links or good advice would be appreciated

i learned the win95 and Internet without any help/ info and i am in no hurry to do it that way again ;-)
we do learn by our mistakes sometimes ;-)

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Re: linux for newbies???
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2005, 02:44:35 PM »
"The time to start running is around about the "e" in "Hey, you!" "

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Re: linux for newbies???
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2005, 04:21:50 PM »
Thanks ETR
i tried the two links and would not load but the web page said "could not connect"
so maybe busy? was not the standard 404 message?
so will try in a bit


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Re: linux for newbies???
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2005, 07:32:57 PM »
I highly encourage anyone that has the time and patience to bring in a 700MB download to run the Knoppix O/S.

Use your burning program to transfer the iso to your media and then Look Out!!

I already hinted around about trying this Linux system a few times but not untill today did i actually insert the CD and let it run.
Are you going to be in for a pleasant surprise.
This system is Extremely attractive and fast. The browser was responsive even more so than IE but a quick look at the ICONS & LAYOUT and you think you're running a MAC!!

This is a real piece of fine architecture intelligently well thought out and conceived. The taskbar is a thing of beauty as well as the fashionable windows/colors (Mac blue) which you can move about with ease.

Navigating is surprisingly interesting as are the full features of a complete operating system. Enough hip hip hooray, here's the link if you can pull this baby in at all. Dial-Up will take 2 days in my estimation as it takes many hours of a day for me on broadband.
If you prefer and it is available near where you live, it will be well worth the 20USD i believe they ask on the CD. You will not be disappointed.
Now i must be back to downloading this jewell again, as you see my version happens to be in German, like this  Ansicht, Lesezeichen, Fenster, Hilfe, Dokument <--Now that i can understand lol

The english version (for me) is going to be another thrill!! altogether.
As an open-source project this is continually improved upon (like it needs anymore?) It comes already equipped with FIREFOX browser of all things.


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Re: linux for newbies???
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2005, 08:13:52 PM »
I'll look into it but seems i have hit a problem....

the holy grail of linux...getting a dial up modem to dial and work !!!
that seems to be a major trouble and me being a total newbie! so still doing my homework a bunch !

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Re: linux for newbies???
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2005, 09:51:34 PM »
I always have wanted to "play" with Linux, I've got a box and ready to install Fedora..... its a harder OS than others, but I thought to why not drop myself in the deep end.

If you need any help, I have got a PDF copy of : Linux for Dummies! :D

Its a really good book and I have used it many a times.


Just PM me if you want it