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hi I will try to use linux installed on my laptop but it is really difficult (till today I use puppy-linux 3 years ago starting from CD):
I have already linux on it in a linux partition using a separate swap partition.
but the used distribution, kuliax, limites the user so much that it is really absolutely not plaisant to work with it: you can't login as root to make changes in your /etc or try to install new programs and more. to change the content of this debian like distribution, the easiest way I did find to change settings in /etc is to use my old live CD, to mount the partition of the harddisk and make the changes and restart.
i thing it is absolutely nonsens, and it is not a practicable way at all to install new programs etc. i am sad and really sorry because this distribution, the choice of offered programs, is really good but this limitation is not acceptable. but the debian like environment and KDE are really strange for me
so I did decide to install now an other distribution hopping this distribution has not the same limitations for the user. the new distribution is slackware 11.0 because of my good experience in puppy linux. as puppy-linux is coming from slackware, I hoppe that slackware would be more familiar for me.
here, I have a new and completely different problem:
my CD-writer will not read the iso-cd burned with it (on the PC of my wife, the same CD starts! the cd is good). i suppose that i have to start the PC with a floppy or with a live-distribution like my familiar puppy-linux and after that to start the installation script of the first iso-cd from slackware
what is to do in the one or in second case to make one of both systems really operable without such extrem limitations or installations difficulties?
(puppy linux is a real extrem open system easy to remaster etc but a little unstable on my laptop. I suppose it is because my laptop is using a difficult chip set)