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i have been a windows bafoon for a long time, i want to explore the world of Linux, i downloaded and installed Red Hat 8.0, Im using VMRware but i really dont think that matters, it installed fine. When i boot up i come to what looks like a dos prompt sorta where i have to log in, i log in then what do i do from there?
There are many howto's, documentation, manuals. Your best option is to just read, read some more and then read some more. Read about the commands, read the man pages. Just read everything you can and you'll soon be amazed on the things you can do with Linux.
you started saying: "i downloaded and installed
redhat 8.0"...well, so did i, the installation went
fast and smoothly and the final result was that when
linux started up, i arrived immediately at a graphical
log in screen, and from there i arrived at a regular
graphical desktop. so maybe you answered some questions
in a wrong way during installation? and what is VMware?
By the way an excellent book is "the linux cookbook" by
michael stutz. you can find it on the web.
VMware is sort of a computer emulator. It doesn't really emulate any OS, but rather a second computer sorta. From there you can load another OS onto it, and run the new OS from with your already installed OS on the actual computer.
Sounds confusing, especially when I talk about it But if you try it (it's free for 30 days) you'll quickly see what I mean.
Anyway, I think that maybe VMWare is part of the reason things aren't going so smoothly, I don't know exactly how it works, so maybe it's having a rough time workin with your existing hardware.