OK, this really won't be a total review. Essentially I'll describe the
install process in an abbreviated manner. For those of you who want to
install Linux for the first time, or if you've used other distributions
before and want to know what to expect, this page tries to lay that out.
If you want a full review of Corel Linux, check
Google or a Linux magazine like
Linux Journal or Linux World.
First I'll describe my setup, then I'll describe the physical aspects of
doing the install, and lastly describe each screen in the installation.
The hardware is a VMWare Virtual Machine.
It should be similar to a real PC, but with one difference (hopefully):
So far all Linux installs I've done on a VM have failed to recognise
the video card. I don't really find fault with the XFree people or the
installation programs - I'd rather they work on getting real cards working
first. Each new release and distribution of Linux seems to have more
supported cards so it's obvious they're moving forward there.
Otherwise it's a pretty standard setup. A cdrom drive, and a 800m hard
disk. The system is set to boot off the floppy, cd, and then the hd.
The VM has 32megs of RAM.
The Physical Labor
Booting from CD seemed to fail. I copied the boot.img from the cd - it's
in ./Install/images/boot.img. Then I booted from the floppy.
This is pretty much a standard Red Hat
text based install. Not nearly as exciting as the other two installs
I just did: Corel Linux and Caldera. No flash, but it's relatively
straight forward for the experienced user. New users won't
find this easy (though it's what I started on and I somehow figured it
out). Anyway, I'll be lazy here and just list out the screens:
While waiting for the install to complete, I browsed the WGS web site looking
for info. It seems LinuxPro 5.4 is a upgraded version of Red Hat 4.2 -
the most stable Red Hat distribution. This one is supposed to be even
more solid. It also includes package upgrades of many core utils, so
for a stable production server this might be "the business."
Your basic Red Hat installation. One "new" feature is the addition of
a Live FS. Red Hat used to have it but then ran out of space (my guess)
and it's gone now. WGS is giving new users a try before you buy
experience, but w/o the friendly trappings of more modern distributions.
Their web page says the Live FS is for trying out hardware - to see if
it's supported - and in that role it seems like a good move.
email@example.com. Thanks to
Linux Mall for the cheap cd's! Thanks to Kevin Dobey for tutoring me
in useful Irish phrases...
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