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Old 04-07-2004, 01:57 PM   #16
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The one thing that still lingers, is that say when it's released, kde 3.3 (or 4 or whatever the next version is) is released, if I just did the "emerge" under gentoo, it would just "suck it in" with the various dependencies etc, then would mandrake manage to run it, or would it default to the most recent version that mandrake have, or worse still, start being a pain with X not starting and stuff like that?

I don't know if I totally understand what you mean. Are you talking about having gentoo and mandrake installed on the same partition? I don't think that is possible...is it? If so then we are getting into areas that I know nothing about. However, if you mean having one hard drive with one / partition with Mandrake on it and one / partition with gentoo on it and one /home partition that both / partitions use...then I think doing an "emerge" under gentoo would have no effect on your Mandrake partition. However, if you changed your preferences for KDE in gentoo then they would be changed when you log into KDE under mandrake.....confused? I am

Maybe you better explain what you mean exactly...I don't want to give bad advice and have you screw up your computer

Later



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I just realized I broke the 100 mark for posts!!! Yippee!
 
Old 04-07-2004, 02:06 PM   #17
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Mandrake, or Red Hat

I personaly would recommend Mandrake or Red Hat. You can buy them at the Local Technology Store, or you can download them free, if you have broadband. Mandrake is probably the easiest to setup of the two. I learned on Mandrake years ago, and I still feel competent about the O/S. I'm not saying any Distro is a Night/Day better than the rest. However there are degrees of prefernence from one to the others.

I don't think anyone would disagree that Mandrake, or Red Hat aren't good starter Distros for newbies. The point is, you need to start somewhere. I'm sure you already have gotten biased opinions.

Read the article in the Newbie section titled "IT's OK! to like your Distro", you might find it helpful.

OK guys, get your guns rdy... Sun has released a Distro that is called Java Desktop, It's $50.00 till June 2nd I think... It's a pretty nice workstation O/S. It comes with the commercial version of Open Office, which can read/write MS Word docs. I think it's the closest/best Commercial O/S on the market at the moment. Mandrake a close 2nd.

These are just recommendations. Please lets not start a war over them. This is a newbie channel and should be respected thus.

Cheers, Zegos!
 
Old 04-09-2004, 11:48 AM   #18
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Maybe you better explain what you mean exactly
Well, surely if I have boot, swap, / for gentoo, / for mandrake, /home and /var/www when it comes to actually using my /home I must have already nominated with / partition I'd be using i.e. it won't boot and run both distro's.

And because gentoo packages are more often than not, more up to date than mandrake's, If I had say, kde3.2.1 installed in the gentoo / partition and kde 3.2.0 in the mandrake / partition, I then have the preferences in the /home set to match the kde from the gentoo partition, surely If I then boot back into the mandrake, some (possibly) of the preferences wouldn't work? (untill the version 3.2.1 is available for mandrake as well ??)

Not sure if this makes sense?(it does to me, but then it would, wouldn't it)

regards

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Old 04-12-2004, 11:00 AM   #19
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Not sure if this makes sense?(it does to me, but then it would, wouldn't it)
LOL

Yeah, I know what you are saying. However, I don't think it would be THAT much of a problem. Usually, the way they store are retrieve the preferences doesn't change much, AFAIK. And let's say you have new preferences in KDE 3.21 for gentoo and you then boot into KDE 3.2.0...it won't cause KDE to crash or anything, your preferences just won't show up, the new preferences for the new features that is, because the new feature is not there....but all the old features will be.

However, I have never had two different distros installed on the same harddrive with the same home directory.....but I think this sounds really cool. I wouldn't mind trying it on the next computer I get. If you were really worried you could have a different user for gentoo and mandrake. That way there will never be a conflict. Just a thought.

Let me know how it goes I think I want to try this.

Later
 
Old 04-13-2004, 03:57 AM   #20
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Well, what I was intending to do is wait until the next maintainence release of gentoo comes out.

Due at the end of the month I believe (currently 2004.0, so I'm presuming that it'll be 2004.1), and if I understand it, then it should have the 2.6 kernel as default, rather than the dev-sources.

But I may still wait, after that, because if I just the CE of mandy 10, then there's shit loads of updates etc to redownload.

Though I will give it a go and see what happens.

Thanks for the advice/suggestions etc

regards

John
 
Old 04-15-2004, 06:22 AM   #21
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Up until a month ago I'd never used Linux before. After seeing a Linux forum on my local broadband discussion site I looked around and found Libranet 2.7 (Debian based) and went about installing it (after much googling of course, learning about partitioning etc).

I found the process relatively painless after I'd prepared myself and only really had a problem with my USB mouse which I resolved after looking at some forums such as this one.

You mentioned wanting some other desktops besides Gnome and KDE. Libranet has quite a few so that should suit you.

I guess the one thing I'd say is don't expect everything to work perfectly straight away; if this IS the case it will only add to your knowledge and prepare you for any other distros you choose to install in the future.
 
Old 04-15-2004, 11:17 AM   #22
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Thanks guys......I really appreciate your opinions.....
I chose Fedora , and, after figuring out how to make an iso image with easy cd creator on my wife's machine, I iso'd the distribution, and put it on my now-empty hard drive.Installation was simple.I'm using KDE , I like the fact that you can easliy change the fonts,configure toolbars, etc.The only problem I have...is running cd's......but I'll figure it out.
Being a novice c++ programmer......I would like to take my iso standard code( made with dev-c++ gcc) and use it, but I'm still kinda in the dark on editors in linux.........but that'll come as well......
I'm tellin ya.....If I, a 33 year old who has used only m$ products since 1984 can migrate to linux-----and find it works better, looks better, and just plain IS better, then anyone else will as well..........( and all the "......"'s
it's a habit of mine...and kind of a trademark.....hehe)
 
Old 04-15-2004, 01:04 PM   #23
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congrats voltare, welcome aboard.

@ bigjohn/devin - thanks for great idea

 
  


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