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Old 09-18-2007, 06:55 PM   #1
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Got a few questions about Fedora. (^^,)


Hiyas, I've been dynamic with Linux distros and I believe Fedora is my prefect match here. So, I went out and bought me Linux for Dummies and it had Fedora Core 7, ironically. So, I went out and installed Fedora and now I'm sitting at my desk looking for Fedora repositories and things. So, before doing that, I went and looked farther in the book and it raises a few questions:

1- Isn't single-user mode a security hazard? I mean, someone could reset the pass on your comp and hax your computer so they can steal your files, yo!.
2- So, otherwise, any good fed core7 repositories? I already have Livna.
3- If not (and even if so) I dunno how to fix it, but I can't install tarballs. Drives me CRAZY. @.@ It tells me I don't have a C compiler.
4- Just a thought- MP3s are 80min per 700MB. OGGs, which i've recently hogged the heck out of from Jamendo, can hold about 800min on 700mb. 32 minutes of song- 50mb. 'Oly crp.
5- Is there a stripped-down fedora for a flash drive? I want this to be used in QEMU as well, plzthx.
6- Okay. Sorry for asking these questions, but one last one. I've found the PS1='insert shell greeting here' command and I want to set that permanently. Can you help me?

Ok, sorry for the questions, but im a newbie to Fedora and just redhat overall. So, plzthx, help me with this here and i'll be sure to be drooling on your heads and trying to help you with simple crud you might've missed. And if you're a newbie and know these questions, i'm a disgrace to the lord and master Tux...
(i beg for forgiveness...)

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Old 09-18-2007, 08:09 PM   #2
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1. You always have root password to restore anything you want - don't share it with anybody, ever!

2. If you mean rpm-repositories there are bunch of them, choose the one you like.

3. What do you mean you can't install 'tarballs'? To untar almost any tarball:
tar xvf your.tar
You don't need to have C compiler for that, just /bin/tar.
BTW: C-compiler in /usr/bin/gcc

4. ????

5. If you Flash Drive is on ComactFlas or USB stick - you are out of luck, I don't think you could squeeze anything with X11 library (for GUI) in 4-8Gbyte.

6. you could put your prompt setting command(PS1="blah-blah-blah ....")in you login root in .bashrc file.

Look up on the web for pre-canned ".bashrc", and as how to set tailor PS1 to anything you want.
 
Old 09-18-2007, 08:11 PM   #3
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Welcome to Fedora. I don't have all the answers to your questions/statements but can elaborate on a couple of them.

1. Any computer can be hacked if there is physical access to it.

2. Extra repos are to be added/approached with caution as mixing them when installing software will more than likely break your system.

3. You need development/build tools installed to build packages.

4. Cool!

5. DSL(DamnSmallLinux) has always been a favorite of mine to run from a usb stick and to run in QEMU or VMware.

6. Sorry no help here.

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Old 09-18-2007, 09:03 PM   #4
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3- Checked it. Command line output was no file found. Lemme install it...

4-Rsashok, I checked and there were no precanned .bashrc files on Google. And, i follow this protocol.

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Old 09-19-2007, 11:41 AM   #5
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Look at this:

http://tldp.org/LDP/abs/html/sample-bashrc.html
 
Old 09-19-2007, 11:52 AM   #6
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1- Isn't single-user mode a security hazard? I mean, someone could reset the pass on your comp and hax your computer so they can steal your files, yo!.
True. That's why you at least set up a bootloader password (have a look at /boot/grub/menu.lst) that makes it a little more difficult to get a root login. A BIOS password don't do bad either, to prevent people booting their favourite live-cd and doing it from there just as easily.
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2- So, otherwise, any good fed core7 repositories? I already have Livna.
I think most of the things you need are in the official repos/Livna. If you find a program that's not in those reposities, and you find a reposity where it is, add it (not necessarily permanently even). Note that the more you have repos, the more you need to download to update the package manager's knowledge about available packages..so save time and nerves and try to keep the reposity number as small as you can.
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3- If not (and even if so) I dunno how to fix it, but I can't install tarballs. Drives me CRAZY. @.@ It tells me I don't have a C compiler.
You don't install tarballs, they're archives. tar archives are not compressed (they're usually compressed with another program like gzip or bzip2 -- .tar.gz and so on), but apart from that you can think of them as sort of zip files. Zip files are compressed archives, you know? If you mean you can't compile and install the programs that are distributed as source code packaged into tarballs, then you have two problems:
1) you don't have the compilation tools (look for package build-essentials or binutils or equivalent, I'm not sure what Fedora calls it; you should get gcc and such installed -- there's a HOWTO for getting compiler running on Fedora on the net, I'm sure of that, so seek for it)
2) you didn't read the INSTALL and README files that are inside the tarball, and include instructions about how to compile and install that specific program, what you need to install in order to get it running etc. Read those files.
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4- Just a thought- MP3s are 80min per 700MB. OGGs, which i've recently hogged the heck out of from Jamendo, can hold about 800min on 700mb. 32 minutes of song- 50mb. 'Oly crp.
Either you've got funny mp3 or funny ogg files. Their length difference can't be by factor 10 -- 800 versus 80 minutes on the same disk size? Maybe that's a typing error. It depends on the settings, but generally I think ogg files are either a little smaller (same quality) or a little better (in quality, same file size)..but even so the difference is not that big. Main difference is that mp3 is not a free or open format by any means. Prefer ogg, if you can.
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5- Is there a stripped-down fedora for a flash drive? I want this to be used in QEMU as well, plzthx.
I don't think so; Fedora (and RedHat) philosophy is to provide everything possible in several ways, and that doesn't sound like something you put on a flash key..you can install Fedora (or use the live-disc version of it, found on the web) with QEMU if you like. Probably there is a variant of Fedora (or something based on it..) that runs off a flash key too, but I'm not aware of any names. Check distrowatch!
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6- Okay. Sorry for asking these questions, but one last one. I've found the PS1='insert shell greeting here' command and I want to set that permanently. Can you help me?
Add it to a file that gets executed when you log in to your shell. Like ~/.bash_profile or ~/.bashrc.

Last edited by b0uncer; 09-19-2007 at 11:55 AM.
 
Old 09-20-2007, 08:32 PM   #7
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Oki guys, thanks for everything (^^,) However though this may seem like a stupid question, (Yes, i see your sig b0uncer) but where in heck can i find a gnome-dock/cairo-dock RPMfile or tarball? Please, rpm preferred. Oh, one more thing, has anyone gotten Drift City to work on Linux? It's rly cool for those who like racing and like multiplayer. And it clones various modern-day cars XD.
 
Old 09-21-2007, 04:37 PM   #8
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