You are doing OK so far - [+] points for trying things out yourself, searching, and experimenting.
(To be honest I didn't know what I was doing, just followed an online tutorial), but soon got it working.
That's how we all started: "Err, don't know quite what I am doing, but I'll follow this HOWTO I found. Hey! It works!!"
Ooops, I didn't quite understand what I was doing, and I hosed my system. Time to reinstall (X 3, over a couple of weeks, in my case).
I gather that Linux does a lot of work with files and so I was wondering, is it possible for me to copy the configuration files and driver files from Vector and transfer them to Linpus lite?
Well, the answer is "Yes & No".
Different distros do things differently, especially how they manage package-managers, connectivity and the default desktop environment.
Basically, it seems that there are several "Grand daddies": fedora
(AKA Red Hat), debian
.. the list goes on. These beget children that beget further children, but they maintain their inheritance (for updates and improvements).
Your distro will either be based on one or another. Then there are (many) further subdivisions. This is generally a "good thing" (Eg it makes it very difficult to write a virus for linux - too much diversity, and therefore innate immunity).
Text files may, or may not, be interchangeable, it depends on your distro's parentage. If you read
the file that is
working in one distro and compare it to the equivalent in another where it is not
working, you can probably work out what is wrong and fix it.
I got to a point (./configure) and then it said I didn't have a C compiler.
We cannot help you here unless you tell us the distro you are trying to inatall gcc
on. Because the package managers are all different.
So I tried another distro; Vector this time. To my suprise it recognised both cards first time.
You sure are distro-hopping! Good: Experiment and you'll learn.
I gather that Linux does alot of work with files and so I was wondering, is it possible for me to copy the configuration files and driver files from Vector and transfer them to Linpus lite?
Maybe, maybe not. The problem comes when you are trying to transfer a config file from Eg a debian-based distro to a Red Hat based one - they do things very differently (config files have different names, locations and formats).
Linux does a lot of configuration with text files because it is "open".
You are supposed to read the text files (they are usually well commented) and edit them if something is not working. (Windows never offers you this option, it just says "Unexpected error 0ffe3:449F" or somesuch. Linux errors are quite verbose and specific. If you don't understand them thay can be put into an internet search engine, and you'll probably find the answer you need).
Many modern distros offer a GUI for configuration, but often it is much easier just to open, read and edit the appropriate text file, as the GUIs don't always do this correctly. This way you also have a better understanding of what is really happening underneath your pretty GUI. (Quite the opposite of windows).
My advice is:
- You are doing well, and I completely understand your confusion.
- Too much "distro-hopping" may lead to further confusion, so stick with the same "breed" for a while. Eg Debain-based = all the 'buntus, mint and many others.
- Install a distro that works for your hardware (looks like it's "vector" for you). Vector is based on Slackware (traditionally awkward to configure, but stable and reliable: "Once you Slack, you never go back").
Play with your chosen distro until you begin to understand how it works.
Then try another, and play "spot the differences".
Soon you'll be comfortable with your chosen breed.
I have had good experiences with kubuntu 8.04 (and it has "long term support"). Most things "just work", and there's a huge 'buntu community out there to help with problems.
also seems to be gaining in popularity.
Hope this helped. Have fun, and don't give up too soon.