From someone who just installed Linux for the first time - it's not as bad as I
thought it would be. The quote you mentioned just makes it easier to fill in
your System Requirements Table - see the install guides for more info on this -
because you can flip into System in the Control Panel and find out everything
that's already on the machine. If you have a copy of Windows already on the
machine, just do that and note down anything required. If not, and you're not
sure what you have of course, throw Windows on there for half and hour - it
won't do any harm.
As to the modem, all I needed was a couple of mouse clicks, but that was for a
pretty generic external modem, so I wouldn't like to go into it any further.
Ultimately though, if there's nothing implortant on the hard drive, I wouldn't
worry about having a go and seeing what happens. You can always format the drive
and start again. I'm on my second install already, because I didn't really like
the way I set it up the first time, and I'm a perfectionist. But that's half the
fun of Linux innit?
But then I'm just another godamned newbie... :)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ilug-admin at linux.ie [mailto:ilug-admin at linux.ie]On Behalf Of
> Alexandre Vauthey
> Sent: 10 May 2000 00:11
> To: ilug at linux.ie> Subject: [ILUG] Linux without windows
>>> Hi, I am considering installing Linux on a 2 GB hard disk machine but
> since this is rather small, I would like to install Linux and only Linux
> (I have another windows machine). Does this sound reasonable ? I saw in
> lot of tutorials this kind of step by step guidelines : "Start Windows,
> then look at the value of this parameter, then reboot with Linux and set
> the value of this parameter with the one you saw in Windows", which
> makes me think that installing Linux without Windows is for advanced
> users of Linux (I'm new to Linux). For example, how difficult is it to
> install a modem without being able to look at the modem setup in Windows
>> Thanks. Alex.
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