I've decided to give Linux yet another chance. THis time, now that I am retired, I can sit at the computer all day long if necessary and try to figure things out.
I've been playing with all kinds of Linux since around 1994. I still have some original Redhat floppies around in the garage. I have one BeOS Box still running; My OS/2 box went away several years ago. I've experiemented with SuSE, Debian, Redhat, Fedora, Mandrake, Corel (Yikes!) .... since first seeing Linux used when I was working with a guy from the Cypherpunks Organization. He had Linux with X on a laptop and it was awesome -- that was, what? 1992 or 93 .... he was one of those Rochester college guys ... Rennsey .....
I really really like this FC3 installation ... it is very solid so far. Only one total system freeze and that was when I was running the Mozilla newsreader at the same time as Firefox.
My box is home brew, of course. Athlon 750 Mhz; 1GB RAM; 1x 20GB HDA1 (Windows XP); 1x 200 GB HDB (FC3); 1x CDROM 48x No Name; 1x DVDRW No Name; 500watt PS.
My favorite magazine WAS "Maximum Linux" and I will never forgive them for folding it. "Maximum PC" is my next favorite.
I ran Firefox on my Windows XP system and liked it very much. Also ran Opera .. I even paid for them. I believe in supporting the developers. I like to drop some bucks on various developers, especially if they have a Paypal link on their sites. Even if it is only $25, it adds up for the guys and gals who are doing Linux and BeOS.
OK, on with the story!
I loaded up Fedora Core 3 on a big 200 GB drive. Told Anaconda to install "everything" -- lots of experience with failed and unobtainable stuff the last time I tried LInux. Then I started Yum and did almost 4 hours of downloading.
Everything looks cool. I have the desktop "just right". This .... is .... Sweet!
Electric Light Orchestra is playing loud on the sound system. I am wishing that I could get to the Firewire drive with my over 3,500 ripped MP3's ...
I did SU to root and did this:
Host: scsi0 Channel: 00 Id: 01 Lun: 00
Vendor: Maxtor Model: OneTouch Rev: 0200
Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 06
Well now, that's nice! Firewire automagically recognized. Yeah!
Next, I says OK, time to scoop out the Windows stuff on HDA1 and then try to set up the Firewire Drive: I Did this to make some mount points, etc.:
[root@localhost dave]# su root
[root@localhost dave]# mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows -t ntfs
mount: mount point /mnt/windows does not exist
[root@localhost dave]# cd /mnt
[root@localhost mnt]# mkdir windows
[root@localhost mnt]# mkdir firewire
[root@localhost mnt]# mkdir cdrom
[root@localhost mnt]# mkdir dvd
[root@localhost mnt]# mkdir miscellaneous
[root@localhost mnt]# dir
cdrom dvd firewire miscellaneous windows
[root@localhost mnt]# su root
[root@localhost mnt]# mount /dev/hdamount /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows -t ntfs
[root@localhost mnt]# mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows -t nfts
mount: fs type nfts not supported by kernel
Well, well .... the NTFS problem is STILL not fixed.
Ages ago here, "Sewer Monkey" gave this guidance to someone:
uid=value, gid=value and umask=value
Set the file permission on the filesystem. By default, the files are owned by root and not readable by somebody else.
I am not too sure how to do this and what values to place into those "value" places.
My "vision" is to mount the Firewire drive in /mnt/firewire; the windows drive in /mnt/windows; the CDRW unit in /mnt/cdrom and the DVD player in /mnt/dvd
Here are some requests for help --- I have some coordination difficulties and medical problems which make it somewhat hard to get things "right the first time", so please bear with me ...
1. I want to set me up so that user dave can see the NTFS drives (HDA1 and SCSI0) and access them permanently;
2. Once I get that set I will make icons for the desktop to click on files.
3. Find a newsreader application with Yenc capability. I d/l lots of binaries (no not Pr@n Airplanes and stuff from from alt.binaries.military; You all know probably that Agent and XNews runnin gunder Windows does all of the image work automatically, you just click on a file in the newsgroup and it d/ls and then is displayed.
4. Find an MP3 sorting and cataloging app .... I have used a couple under Windows and suppose that I could continue using the one under WINE since it is already all organized neat and pretty.
5. Set up WINE so that I can place an Icon in the desktop of a Windows app and have it execute using WINE.
If you have any recommendations please let me know .. I really appreciate any advice you can give me.