Will I Be OK With A Newbie Guide To Fedora Core 6 As First Linux Disto?
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Will I Be OK With A Newbie Guide To Fedora Core 6 As First Linux Disto?
I have Fedora Core 6 CD's ready to install, I am going to install it tomorrow (Sunday) or Monday. I have bought Linux Format special magasine for beginners to Linux. It's practically a step-by-step guide to Fedora Core 6 layout and a lot of commands. I've heard from these forums that it's a pretty easy and stable OS. The Guides I have are aimed at people moving from Windows and even more.. People that have no computer experience at all to get straight into Linux. Should I be ok with this guide, I know a lot about computer hardware and how things work including how Operating Systems work. I'm just wondering if anyone thinks that it is too hard for a (Linux) beginner, anyone?
You should be ok with the Linux Format guides. I have been using Linux for years and I read those guides because I learn a lot from them. If you have any problems, just post them in the Fedora forum and I am sure some people will help you solve them.
Either Fedora 6 or Ubuntu should be fine for you. Fedora will be a little more challenging and a little nerve racking at first, but will offer more in the end. Ubuntu just works. I use Fedora on my personal system and the rest of my family and friends use Ubuntu on theirs. It works out pretty well for me because I really don't have time to help them. They need a distro to "just work" and I need one to "just to work". One last word of advice. Stay away from Live CD installs. It's a novel idea, but not quite ready for most people. Welcome to Linux!
Thanks for peoples comments, I know people say that if you don't get it don;t give up, before reading this I still never planned to give up, just try easier distro's. Thanks for the FAQ URL IndyGunFreak. I'll probably end up using it just to learn a bit more.
I tend to sit back and read the posts as I am not yet confident enough to make a worth while contribution. Having said that, I've been using Fedora Core 5 since it was released and I've had very few issues if any using it. There's a fantastic site by Stanton Finley (http://stanton-finley.net/fedora_cor...ion_notes.html) which I've used as a reference. I'm not sure if there will be one available for Fedora Core 6. Of course Googling for FC6 installation guides should provide some useful sites.
I read your post and it looks like you are unsure..I don't recall reading how you plan to install..Such as, dual boot with windows..Install to a single blank hard drive or any other conditions such as a second physical hard drive..IMHO the hardest to do is to dual-boot because it requires you to make partition decisions that you may not be comfortable with..
The easiest is to install on a single blank hard drive and use the installer make the default choices..You still will have to make decisions as to what hardware you have on your system..Mouse keyboard monitor video card ethernet card just to name a few..For the most part FC5 will correctly pick up your devices but it does not hurt if you also know them...
I have found that the modern distros ie: FCX,Mandriva,Suse will for the most part install without Command line intervention..Thus that should be no concern yet...
I use a removable hard drive rack where I can just plug in a spare Hard drive and jump in..That way there is nothing to lose if something goes desperately wrong..Thank goodness that has not happened but I am cautious by nature..
However if you do it now or later,goodluck and give it a go..
Everyone has made a start at one time or another..
I am happy making partitioning decisions, although I am installing on a 3rd hard drive, which is blank. Hopefully windows will detect it so I can dual boot.. really.. I'll let my family on windows but not me..they're pretty noobish. I have a step by step guide and of course I am not 100% sure that it is right because I haven't yet done it, although I am pretty sure. I was just wondering by peoples opinions if it was easy enough for someone like me or would I have problems. Now I'm pretty sure about it as long as I have to hardware/device problems...including raid drivers/detection on boot-up.
Your windows will not detect linux to boot, because, when you install linux you also install a boot manager (either lilo or mostly grub)..
That will pick up windows as well as linux to boot..Some of the experts will guide you, or your book will tell you, where to place grub during the install..If you install to the MBR when you later remove linux for whatever reason windows will not boot so it is important for you to either save you windows MBR now or at least know how to boot from the Windows XP cdrom and use the repair section to "fix/mbr"..again,
Thanks, I think the guide I have has full step by step instructions for the installation including the set-up of dual boot. I still haven't installed Fedora Core 6 as my hard drive delivery is very late.. so annoying.
I am trying to install fedora on a vitual machine which i created on GSX server.Other Vms are all windows.
Installation prpgresses and and ask
drive to use for this installation
and ther is no opetion in the box
This is my vmx
i386 means you have a IBM compatible processor that can handle 32bit applications.. more simply most AMD and Intel processors support it..even if they support x64 aswell..they all support 32, but Intel make processors for Apple Mac's now (aswell) and they need the ppc download. If you have windows then i386 should work fine. I can't really help with the rest, but it looks like you downloaded the right one.
I suggest you use Microsoft Virtual PC 2004, it shows you as it would on bootup and so you can use the Graphical installation.
Last edited by aaron4katie; 12-29-2006 at 12:00 PM.
Thats ok, just don't expect Suse and Fedora Core to be the same. Suse is probably a tiniest bit easier and a tiniest bit less useable.. less than you'd notice though. I don't like Suse personally because of their business methods but go ahead, try it out. Ubuntu is meant to also be easy for newbies to Linux.