On Mon 27 May 2002 06:28, you 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 control,
> sick of windows etc.
> 1) I have got DragonLinux and Corel Linux. Which should i install?
As I understand them, DragonLinux is a rather simple, M$Windows based distro.
I would shy away from these whenever possible. They tend to be old, poorly
put together and just general trouble. I did play with the first few Corel
versions. These seemed to incorporate the best of Linux and the worst of
Windows into one Linux-like system with lots of hidden config settings and
custom-hacked GUI set-up tools that didn't always work, but could not be
worked around. I have not seen their latest offerings, so take my advice with
a grain of salt.
I use Debian, and quite like the easy upgrade tools it provides, but it's not
the easiest to start with. I've played with Mandrake and it's install is
quite good! I jsut got tired of the cute childish icons and such. Felt like
computing in a 6 year-olds room.
> 2) What should i read? (Online books, faq's etc)
linuxdoc is a great place to start! Debian installs a complete listing of
HOWTO's for reference. Others probably have similar doc's available.
Linux Format magazine is a must (I think). Each cover CD includes an
up-to-date listing of the HOWTO's from linuxdoc. They also often carry
various distro's for playing with and lots of app's! It's a very good
magazine to keep up with Linux with. Linux Magazine seems to cover similar
subjects, but it does not seem as accessible IMHO. Linux Journal is mostly
for more advanced Linux users and Admin-types.
> 3) Have you got any advice for me?
Figure out what you want, check out what's available, check support for your
hardware and be sure you are ready for the plunge! If you have spare hardware
to play with, it could save lots of frustration from acidently wiping your
old system before you realise it. Don't be afaid to ask for help, but read up
on what you are trying to do first. The doc's are good, but can be confusing.
If you don't understand the docs, lots of people are happy to help explain
things. If you don't bother reading anything and just ask simple questions,
people tend to get short with you. Do your homework and people can be very
> 4) Should i get linux drivers for all my hardware before installing?
Most modern hardware is supported by the kernel or the X Server. Lots of
modems have limited or no support, so check your modem carefully first.
google search can usually provide you with links directly to sites with info
about modem support in Linux if you ask the right question. Some newer Video
cards are not so well supported in X, so check that out too. Slightly older
hardware can have better support.
> 5) Are there any good gui's or should i learn to use commands? (I loved
Unless your PC is a 486, X should perform adequitly. X provides the
lowest-level of graphics interface. On top of X you can run a window manager
or a desktop manager. the common desktops use much more memory and such. xfce
is a plesant exception to this rule. Once you have 64M or so memory, Gnome or
KDE should perform fine. I use KDE. Many use Gnome. Which one is better has
been the subject of many flame wars. Just try them and see! either way, you
will still use terminals to access the command line quite often so your love
of DOS won't go missing.
As for Programming, kdevelop is a very good IDE for C, C++ and other
languages. It can create complete projects via wizards that compile to
running, but limited programs without writing a single line of code. It will
set-up all the configure, automake and make files as well as setting up the
general directory structure for your project.
Most editors have some type of command highlighting available, as well as
bracket and parans completion options. This make coding much easier. You will
need to take care of the make files yourself if you use a general editor, but
you will have a better understanding of what is happening. Get to know the
tools like automake and such to help you. lint is your friend for avioding
strange bugs. Test your code with it and try to understand what it is telling
I hope this info is helpful. I am willing to help more. Feel free to contact
me off-list if you need more info.
>> Thanks in advance
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