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From: Stephen McCune [mailto:stephen_mccune at hotmail.com]
Sent: Monday, May 27, 2002 10:34 AM
To: ilug at linux.ie
Subject: Re: [ILUG] Newbie
> Stephen McCune wrote:
> > Ok, i am a complete newbie to linux and Wouldnt mind a bit of help.
> > I am trying to use linux because i wanna start programming, want
> > more
> > sick of windows etc.
> > 1) I have got DragonLinux and Corel Linux. Which should i install?
>> No experience with either, I'm afraid. Mandrake is very user friendly,
> Redhat is also good. Debian is my distro of choice, but last time I
> installed it, it wasn't quite so straightforward as the other two.
Ok, im downloading Mandrake Linux (15h per ISO - eep)
> > 2) What should i read? (Online books, faq's etc)
>> Read up on things as you have problems with them...
>http://linuxdoc.org is great. There are a lot of well written and
> informative Howtos there. Get a distro installed, then try and set
> specific things up, while reading up on them as you go along.
> > 3) Have you got any advice for me?
>> Enjoy :) And if you are dual booting and want to go down the partition
> resizing path, be sure to backup your data. It can go horribly wrong.
Yuh, i've done a load of this and i know what can happen.
> > 4) Should i get linux drivers for all my hardware before installing?
>> Not unless you have to. Most common hardware is supported by the Linux
> kernel itself. I'd only download proprietary drivers if you have to.
> Usually, they come as modules which can be loaded and unloaded when
> they are needed, without rebooting.
Yuh, i'll check around for anything i need.
> > 5) Are there any good gui's or should i learn to use commands? (I
> > loved
>> There are a lot of good Desktops... the GUI thing under unix generally
> consists of a hierarchy of software, at the top being your desktop
> manager (I use Gnome, KDE is nice too, there are hundreds of others),
> below that is the Window Manager (I use Sawfish, hundreds of others
> etc.) and finally, the windowing system. Xfree86 is the usual choice
> under GNU/Linux. Occasionaly its setup can be problematic, though if
> you own a newish graphics card with a sane monitor, it isn't too bad.
Yuh, newish computer which i built myself so i will check that out.
> Hope that's of help and best of luck,
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