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Old 01-09-2007, 03:10 PM   #1
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Crash course in Linux


Before I installed a few Linux OS's, my understanding was there's a lot of leg work to get Linux to be compatible with your hardware, but installing Suse 10.0 and FC6 was about as easy as Windows. I was hoping I could get a crash course in Linux by using an older operating system, installing it and configuring it to work with my hardware.

I want to do it to get a better understanding of Linux. If anyone could give me some advice on what OS to use to do this or if there is some crash course that someone knows of, that would be great. If possible, I would like it to be a step by step kind of thing, explaining the grey areas and such.

Thanks in advance,

Brandon
 
Old 01-09-2007, 03:24 PM   #2
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Go Slackware.
 
Old 01-09-2007, 03:38 PM   #3
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Not to sound like a pest, but what about a guide? I know I'll be lost otherwise.

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Old 01-09-2007, 03:39 PM   #4
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I second Slackware.

edit: www.slackbook.org/
 
Old 01-09-2007, 03:42 PM   #5
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This is on the extreme side but you could always do Linux From Scratch.

"Linux From Scratch (LFS) is a project that provides you with step-by-step instructions for building your own custom Linux system, entirely from source code."

http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/
 
Old 01-09-2007, 03:43 PM   #6
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I recommended Slack because it has good guide - Slackbook. www.slackware.com is a good starting point too. Surprised?
 
Old 01-09-2007, 03:48 PM   #7
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Who woulda thunkit?

Thanks,

Brandon

edit: Guitarist, not knowing anything about programming, is LFS a feasible idea for me? I'm not the dumbest guy in the world, nor the smartest. The only experience I have in programming in some HTML that I did for about a half of a semester in high school from a teacher who spoke little english believe it or not.

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Old 01-09-2007, 04:01 PM   #8
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LFS is surely feasible, you can always rely on Book. When I rebuild, I rely on Book so much that I download ALFS (jhalfs last time) and it follows the Book entirely automatically - and result is working. So you have always an explanation (detailed or not, but something) and working instructions.

Extreme - real crash course - is another thing... Learn to set up your Internet connection entirely manually from command-line only. Install elinks and learn to use it for browsing (or maybe links2 with JavaScript support). Learn to use your bootloader. This were easy part. Hard part: move /etc to /etc-old. System won't boot! Now pass init=/bin/bash to kernel from bootloader - you'll get a shell. OK, configure network, run links, use any source in the Internet you can find - but make system boot into graphical mode without your intervention again without looking in /etc-old ... But I guess it's a bit too extreme.
 
Old 01-09-2007, 04:04 PM   #9
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Thanks, I may give it a try. Otherwise, I don't have a lot of use for my computer. it just sits there. Sounds like a good project for me.

Regards,

Brandon
 
Old 01-09-2007, 04:32 PM   #10
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Does anyone have an estimated time of completion on an LFS system? I know there are a lot of factors, but if someone could give me a low/high extreme that would be great.

Regards,

Brandon
 
Old 01-09-2007, 04:38 PM   #11
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Laptop. Pentium-M 1.5GHz. 768MB memory (it is significant, by the way). Automated build with nALFS. A bit less than 3 hours - just build time. On PC with Pentium 4 1.5GHz and 512MB - I guess it would take maybe eight hours or more, I didn't complete it. I guess it would be less than twenty. By the way, there is metric in the book - build static binutils package (you need it anyway in the beginning) with watch, it should not take really long, and view the SBU marks in book, as proposed.
 
  


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