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Old 04-12-2005, 11:32 AM   #1
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About to try Linux.............again :(


Well Im gonna give linux another go. It seems like i have no luck with it tho. Ive tried Mandrake, RH9, Arch, and FC2 and have had nothin but problems. People have been telling me FC3 has been a lot better when it comes to dependency issues (which was the majority of my problems) so I'm gonna give that a go. If anyone has any other suggestions of distros plz lemme know. I liked arch a lot, because it forced me to learn, i just couldnt figure out how load X on that damn thing.

instead of dual booting, or going straight linux, im gonna build a cheap pc to play around on, so when i get pissed off, i can just turn it off and come back to later instead reformatting. i wanna learn a lot about networking w/ linux so im wondering will a athlon xp 1400 w/ 256mb pc133 & 10gb hdd be decent enough to run apache, sendmail, samba, and maybe openldap one day when i get brave?

anyways thanks for any suggestions with helping the king of nuubs
 
Old 04-12-2005, 11:36 AM   #2
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so im wondering will a athlon xp 1400 w/ 256mb pc133 & 10gb hdd be decent enough to run apache, sendmail, samba, and maybe openldap one day when i get brave?
I think that system will be plenty fast to run what you described. I run a webserver (apache), mailserver (exim and qpopper), NFS server, and DNS server (bind) on a AMD K6 550MHz here at home. I don't see ANY reason why an Athlon XP 1400 wouldn't be fast enough.
 
Old 04-12-2005, 11:39 AM   #3
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Originally posted by maybbach
Well Im gonna give linux another go. It seems like i have no luck with it tho. Ive tried Mandrake, RH9, Arch, and FC2 and have had nothin but problems. People have been telling me FC3 has been a lot better when it comes to dependency issues (which was the majority of my problems) so I'm gonna give that a go. If anyone has any other suggestions of distros plz lemme know. I liked arch a lot, because it forced me to learn, i just couldnt figure out how load X on that damn thing.

instead of dual booting, or going straight linux, im gonna build a cheap pc to play around on, so when i get pissed off, i can just turn it off and come back to later instead reformatting. i wanna learn a lot about networking w/ linux so im wondering will a athlon xp 1400 w/ 256mb pc133 & 10gb hdd be decent enough to run apache, sendmail, samba, and maybe openldap one day when i get brave?

anyways thanks for any suggestions with helping the king of nuubs
Easiest way I've found to configure X in arch is to use hwd:

# pacman -S xorg hwd
# hwd -x

That will generate and xorg.conf.hwd for you which is pretty good. Then you can fine tune it.

On the other hand you could always use the "other" distros that do all the X stuff automagically(FC3, Ubuntu, Suse, Mandrake, etc.)
 
Old 04-12-2005, 03:20 PM   #4
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Easiest way I've found to configure X in arch is to use hwd:

# pacman -S xorg hwd
# hwd -x

That will generate and xorg.conf.hwd for you which is pretty good. Then you can fine tune it.

On the other hand you could always use the "other" distros that do all the X stuff automagically(FC3, Ubuntu, Suse, Mandrake, etc.)
of the 4 in red, which do u think is the easiest to learn on?
 
Old 04-12-2005, 04:07 PM   #5
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so im wondering will a athlon xp 1400 w/ 256mb pc133 & 10gb hdd be decent enough to run apache, sendmail, samba, and maybe openldap one day when i get brave?
I run Fedora 3 on two PII 333mhz, 128MB RAM machines and they do they job. I even get around OK in GNOME/KDE (Which ever one I have now) Decent test boxes.
 
Old 04-12-2005, 04:11 PM   #6
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of the 4 in red, which do u think is the easiest to learn on?
Easiest to learn on? If you want something that just works out of the box use any of them. Of course, this is not the way to learn since everything is done for you behind the scenes.

What do you want to do with this linux install anyway?
 
Old 04-12-2005, 05:02 PM   #7
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I run Fedora 3 on two PII 333mhz, 128MB RAM machines and they do they job. I even get around OK in GNOME/KDE (Which ever one I have now) Decent test boxes.
ok cool thanks. i thought it would be enough, i was just concerned w/ only 256mb of ram. evetually ill throw another 256 stick in, but itll be good enough for now.

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Easiest to learn on? If you want something that just works out of the box use any of them. Of course, this is not the way to learn since everything is done for you behind the scenes.

What do you want to do with this linux install anyway?
well i do wanna learn linux like the back of my hand, but i want to start off w/ baby steps. basically i want to learn networking with linux. ive configured samba b4, but it was a while ago and i 4got most of the shit. i wanna setup a mail server, web server, firewall, config it as a router, etc. anything to do w/ LAN/WAN. ultimately id like to setup openLDAP, but thats wayyyy down the line when im comfortable enough w/ linux as i am w/ windows. im not planning on learning everything the 1st day, this is gonna be a long term project, that's why i wanted to get a dedicated box.

eventually i do want to go with the more complex distros, ie gentoo or debian, but as of right now, i think i need to crawl b4 i walk.

ive used windows my whole life, except for the few times ive tried linux, so i have a very large learning curve which im still trying to get over (ie going from strictly gui/wizards to fuckin w/ config files and reading man pages). sometimes i think linux users usualy dont take into account that the newbies are really newbies. some of us started out w/ win98/me. some even start w/ win2k/xp so all we've known is windows....and switching is extremelyyyyyy awkward.

well thanks everyone for all the help
 
  


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