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Old 11-16-2002, 10:26 AM   #1
blankx87@m-i-m.
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A Real Newbie


Hey, im switching from the traditional windows to linux, cause i think its time i get to see the OPEN world =). Im about 15 and i have tried linux earlier but to fail miserably.

so if anyone can help out on anything about linux it would be great, i dont have any questions cause i never really tried it but, here are just a few questions

windows has windows explorer which makes things so easy, anything like that in redhat linux?

also i dont really get this whole /root nonsense, i know its basically having an admin account?

how would i search things on my cd? i have an onboard audio thing, would that be support?

how do i install software?

finally does sites like nVidia or any other manufacturers have driver's for linux?

and i have a external hdd, but i lost the driver disk, in windows 2k and up it reads on its on so i have no problem but would it show up on linux?

ugh, seriously last question, how do i set up my modem connection on linux? i have verizon dsl and i got the ip and everything, i just need to know how to set it up.

thanks
 
Old 11-16-2002, 10:32 AM   #2
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please don't take this the wrong way, but PLEASE search this site, there are DOZENS of questions about nvidia drivers, installing software and all the newbie stuff... a site sdoesn't get to 18500 members withotu holding a LOT of information. if you can't find answers here or from google then please ask, but EVERYTHING you have asked is very reguarly asked on this site.
 
Old 11-16-2002, 12:18 PM   #3
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how now brown cow

Well im in the same boat as the guy that asked that question and I got told the same lame thing about "how to ask questions" maybe the guy just wants some right answers and help and not have to sift through lumps of gank to find what hes looking for! I mean if the guys new and gets hit with that snobbishness I no it all attitude he aint likely to come back
 
Old 11-16-2002, 01:49 PM   #4
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Well it is a lot of questions and it might make more sense to get to this when it is actually installed.Besides - if you just go thru the trouble and look a bit at google or the distros websites you find an answer to all this questions in no time.
 
Old 11-16-2002, 02:35 PM   #5
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When I first started getting interested in Linux I started to get a few books on the subject as well a reading some magazines and on the net.

My reasoning was that everyones time is extremely valuable and most have little time to answer questions that can easily be had in any book or website (this one included).

If you have a job you can purchase a "Linux for Newbies" type of book. There are plenty of them out there. If a job or resources are unavailable to you, you could also go to the library.

I found that I learned the most by reading on my own. I didn't make sense to me to wait days for an answer when I wanted a one now...heh. So i picked up a book and started reading.

Good Luck.
 
Old 11-16-2002, 03:02 PM   #6
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when it comes to linux - redhat is probably one oof the easiest to use. mandrake also. suse 8 is also good.

do read up as much as possible onlein
 
Old 11-16-2002, 08:33 PM   #7
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i know how forums work

and i have tried search but that about triples my work, i understand you have alot of posts but, since your right there replying anyway why cant u just reply to it?

i know its very tempting to tell me, oh yeah just search, but it makes it very annoying for me to go through all those forums and look for what i need.

thanks anyway
 
Old 11-16-2002, 08:53 PM   #8
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Hey!

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Old 11-16-2002, 09:06 PM   #9
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windows has windows explorer which makes things so easy, anything like that in redhat linux?
well, in linux you have many different types you can choose from, that's if your looking for something to browse your local files with like Windows Explorer does. Almost every browser comes equipped with this feature.. but really there are way too many to list.

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also i dont really get this whole /root nonsense, i know its basically having an admin account?
well, /root is just the home directory for the admin account, better known in the *nix world as root. root is equal to Administrator in the Windows world but also take in consideration the file structure in *nix starts out with /, which is the root directory.

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how would i search things on my cd? i have an onboard audio thing, would that be support?
first you would mount it, then you can browse it by either using commands or if you prefer you can do this in GUI mode. And your sound, we couldn't tell you that cause we don't know what kind of sound card or hardware/chipset is being used.

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how do i install software?
this is something i won't get into with, its asked way too often and its way to vague. the most popular way to install is either with a RPM file or a source file.. it all depends on what program your installing. usually anything your installing will have documentation on how to install it cause even different RPM files can differ in the way you install them.

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finally does sites like nVidia or any other manufacturers have driver's for linux?
one simple answer.. yes.

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and i have a external hdd, but i lost the driver disk, in windows 2k and up it reads on its on so i have no problem but would it show up on linux?
that all depends.. what kind is it ? is it usb connected or parallel.. ?? vague questions like this won't ever be answered if you don't give details.

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ugh, seriously last question, how do i set up my modem connection on linux? i have verizon dsl and i got the ip and everything, i just need to know how to set it up
this one all depends as well. is it connected to an ethernet card (which we hope, better chance of it working) or does it connect to a usb port ?? like i said previously, all of these questions are very vague, we can't help you specifically if you don't give details. probably one reason why acid suggested you search. almost all of these have been answered many many times before here and other sites. these are very common questions when transferring to linux from the windows world.

if you searched the forums, you would have been more likely to get an answer more quickly cause you know what hardware you have since you didn't give any details to us at this point in time. and plus this is a lot of questions to be asked, if you have any specific questions that you can't find any answers to, its probably best to break them down and put them in each forum they would most likely belong in.. makes it easier than writing a novel of answers to get your whole system running for you..

but welcome to LQ and the Linux world.. you'll either love it or hate it..

Last edited by trickykid; 11-16-2002 at 09:12 PM.
 
Old 11-17-2002, 03:23 AM   #10
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Finally

i am finally on linux =) 8.0 is a lot easier to handle then the 7.3.

I realize i have to get into detail so here it goes, i have a MS Optical Scroll mouse, kinda useless if i cant get the scroll to work, which it doesn't in linux, where can i fix this?

How do i mount a cd drive? or a external HDD?

lastly, i installed windows 2k on as the second boot up, but how can i get the files from it? i partition 20/20 from a 40GB HD, is there a way i can get stuff from there?

thanks for your help

oh p.s. can i install stuff like aim on here?
 
Old 11-17-2002, 05:18 AM   #11
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like i already said, all these questions have been asked MANY times. PLEASE search....
 
Old 11-17-2002, 06:30 AM   #12
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i've hesitated to jump in here because this thread raises what for me are many and complex issues-so let me throw out a few thoughts-many has been the time that i have just wanted the answer so that i could get on with it and it never seemed that the documentation contained what i was looking for(the latest example is lock files: not one of nine books i consulted had any thing but a mention of them and most had no entry at all in the index-the google thing led me to a vast array of references, none of which appeared to approximate my situation),so i know a search may not always be quick or easy-sometimes you would like to just have someone who knows the ropes whom you can ask and get a pertinent reply; that's when you come here-now when you do present your problem it seems that first you should be aware that no one here owes you anything and in fact, has no real incentive to see you running linux, or herding cows, for that matter; so it behooves you to appear to be diligent(do your homework, at least to the extent that you ask questions which can be answered concisely) and don't give the impression that you are demanding a response(a list of responses, it seems)-this reflection proceeded from my reading of blankx's bit about if you're just sitting there,why can't you just get it done for me-well, why can't we just do anything we want to do with our time as opposed to answering questions-here i must shift gears and say that i do wish that those who don't like a question for whatever reason simply don't respond rather than issue sarcasm, belittlement, or the non-answer answer -if you can help(maybe only in part) and you want to, then help-if not, move on to the next post-it is often a great strain to work with the public since you will be endlessly called upon to repeat what you just told the last guy and even more so when you have to discern what your petitioner needs to get where he wants to go while he himself is clueless-don't do it if you don't want to, it just stresses everyone. there's loads more to say here , but it's way beyond time for me to be out the door-blankx's last submission indicates that he has pushed off from shore and is getting the sail up and that's a good bit of it as i know he will find a good breeze and competent fellowship on this journey we follow.

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Old 11-17-2002, 08:55 AM   #13
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That was one of the hardest paragraphs i've read tincat2 and it confused me. It was like one big long run-on sentence. But anyways..

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I realize i have to get into detail so here it goes, i have a MS Optical Scroll mouse, kinda useless if i cant get the scroll to work, which it doesn't in linux, where can i fix this?
Umm.. not sure on that one, but I do know that its been mentioned on here before.. try doing a search on scroll and mouse, I'm sure it'll come up with many posts on the subject.

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How do i mount a cd drive? or a external HDD?
You would use the mount command. man mount for more details. i'm not going to get specific with any of these cause these are the most basic common questions and are asked all the time. but yet, even with the external HDD you mentioned.. there could be several ways to mount it, but yet you still didn't let us know how its connecting, what kind it is... etc, etc ?? So a search will find you the answers instead of asking again, since this is something that is asked all the time as well.

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lastly, i installed windows 2k on as the second boot up, but how can i get the files from it? i partition 20/20 from a 40GB HD, is there a way i can get stuff from there?
Yep, reverse back to the mount command.. but if you have a dual boot, redhat probably already set that up to auto mount to the partition in the /etc/fstab file. Take a look there and see if you have something indicating or pointing to your windows partition. then you'll know if you can just cd into and start looking at files.

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oh p.s. can i install stuff like aim on here?
Yes, but not the Windows version .exe style programs, those wont work in Linux. You have to look for the alternatives, like GAIM is what you would use. Lots of software places out there, www.sourceforge.net , www.freshmeat.net ... etc..
 
  


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