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Hi, I chose Fedora Sulphur, because it is in my CD case, handy and I found an old computer, and it is very old. I want to give it to a poor friend.
You are not doing your friend any favours by that.
I thought Fedora Sulphur would have older card drivers.
AFAIK: only the older plug-n-pray interface support is dropped from the distro. All other free software drivers are included out of the box in all recent versions of fedora - such as will support 99% of HW out there. If you need a light system, then do not install all of fedora.
And it will hardly be connected to the internet at all.
As well as the personal issue of vulnerabilities, there will also be the problem of the impression created when your friend decides they want some software or updates and has trouble getting them. But so long as your freind realises they have an old/unsupported distro then it should be OK.
Back to the problem in hand:
After entering root and the password, it reads, "root@localhost". I tried "adduser" and got a list of commands.
I take it the login took you to a text console? So you must have made a pretty minimal install right there.
see if you get a gui - from there it is trivial to manage users.
Fedora comes with NONE / ZERO / 0 drivers except for the opensource ones
But those "open source" and free software drivers actually support the vast majority of hardware out there. So that is a pretty big "except for" there.
RHEL ships with only free software drivers (according to RH policy pages) - I understood that CentOS followed this policy. A quick search of the centos wiki suggests that they are meant to. Perhaps you can provide an example or a reference of hardware drivers available in CentOS which are not available in fedora?
use CentOS - it has a 5 year life span ( unlike fedora 9 witch(sic) is a dead and unsupported version )
Centos produces an update release every 6 months and a new release in 18months to 2 years, just like RHEL. RH support their major releases for 7 years - and so does CentOS. http://wiki.centos.org/
CentOS 5 will be supported into 2014
fedora has no point releases but a new release every 6-8 months. When there is a new release, the previous one remains supported for at least until the next new release - giving it an official "lifetime" of up to 16 months. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/LifeCycle
Of course you are correct that f9 should not be used.
I would also join you in suggesting CentOS for the use OP wants.
This will provide stability on the older hardware. I would not normally suggest fedora for a day-to-day system anyway. I may also have pointed at OpenSUSE or XUbuntu too. But this is not a "my distro is better than yours" thread
The longer lifetime is a plus, but for someone who does not expect to do any maintenance, does it really matter?
It may be a good idea to research different environments.
Originally Posted by Novatian
Just trying to give root a name and login to start screen.
"root" already has a name: root. You cannot change this.
As part of the installation process, you created a regular user, it has a name, use that. The adduser command will add new users to your system. You do not use the root account if you can help it. Avoid actually logging in as root.
You can perform routine administration using su -c or sudo - learn about them.
As mentioned - to get a gui you have to install one. From John VV's comments, the text-install of CentOS does not do this automatically like fedora does.
CentOS 3.7 G will be good anyway, a lot of software on DVD... I'll make it a dual boot with Mint.
You expect that your friend will switch distros to gain extra functionality?
Mint has access to all the software CentOS has - though you have to be online. It is not much use if you are not able to got online. If this machine will run mint, then you'll probably be best advised to update and install extra software in an internet cafe.
Last edited by Simon Bridge; 12-26-2009 at 10:17 PM.