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Old 10-15-2006, 12:26 PM   #1
Melhisedek
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Give me a task/project to complete


Hi folks,
well after installing Kubuntu this friday I've completed a lot of tasks with help of these forums, managed not to ask even a single question

Ofc this is my annual Linux install but so far I've done more than all the previous times together. Still I'm having some loosing heart moments because of some ATi related problems that sadly I can't do a thing about :/
(new card, have to use new drivers, 1 thing work 10 doesn't, poor performance etc)

I decided I'll live with that. Now I'm after new things to try and do and I really don't know where to even start. Idea is that you guys give me an idea, general direction or task to do and I do it :P No questions asked
Ofc it'll involve a lot of browsing but that is what I like to do :P

Thing is I really, really enjoy getting things to work and learning Linux, think I have finally matured enough to appreciate it. So fire away and give me tons of homework. Anything goes as far as I'm concerned, "install program and make it do something", "rip mp3s from a stream", things like that I think I can handle... Just think of me as a newb so no creating beowulf clusters here :P

Info about me/my rig:

Pretty fast rig, sadly equiped with ATi card This is also my only rig so no fooling around with networking (hopefully will get another to play with around december) Have router D-Link DI-604 between me and modem... Really, really basic knowledge of C++ programing... eternal thirst for knowledge

Thank you for your time folks!

Last edited by Melhisedek; 10-15-2006 at 12:27 PM.
 
Old 10-15-2006, 12:45 PM   #2
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Well, you don't seem to be getting a ton of responses, so I'll tell you some of things that I seem to do an awful lot which I had to learn immediately when I started with Linux:

- Install Apache, MySQL, & PHP
- Learn my package manager, then learn how to install from source
- Create a group of users
- Configure folders that could be accessed by that group from which they could work collaboratively
 
Old 10-15-2006, 02:21 PM   #3
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http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/
 
Old 10-15-2006, 02:39 PM   #4
Melhisedek
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Hehehe that one would be really, really too hard for me But in a few months/years... who knows
 
Old 10-15-2006, 09:51 PM   #5
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Well, depending on what's happening with your video card, if you can do 3d work, install and play with Blender. You wanted a challenge, that's one that will keep you busy a while, and it's visual, and something that when you're good at it, your friends can appreciate what you've created. There are lots of tutorials, and you can progress from simple pictures to complex animation. Of course, it helps to have a faster computer.

And what to do with blender? how about practice making a Tux? Then, as you learn more, animate him and make him walk, and progress to the point where you can make a giant tux walk through the MS campus, chasing a terrified bill gates. And if you're still not satisfied, you can use blender to make it into a video game. If you call it "terror in redmond" and make billions from the game, I'd love a token mention.

Hmmm, I might have to try that myself.

Anyway, it's visual, which provides a lot of personal satisfaction, others can appreciate it better, and it's still fairly complex. As for other things, try your hand at programming (python is fairly simple to learn, yet complex enough to do most of whatever you want), and web design. As the previous post stated, you can run your own server, which means you can experiment with the same software your web host is using.

The truth is, Linux, and the mass of open software that comes with Linux is so huge that sometimes it's difficult to know where to begin. Some days, I spend hours looking through synaptic and sourceforge (and happypenguin.org!) just looking for something new to play with. I'm never disappointed, unless you count the disappointment that I'll only have another few dozen years to try it all.
 
Old 10-15-2006, 10:23 PM   #6
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Learn a scripting language ie. become semi-proficient in shell, Python or Perl. Trust me, it's more self-satisfying than you'd think at first glace
 
Old 10-16-2006, 03:00 AM   #7
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Try to answer qns here on the boards.
Whether or not you succeed, the research you'll need to do will teach you a lot and eventually inspire proj ideas as well.
 
Old 10-16-2006, 07:07 AM   #8
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become a beta tester, fix easy bug

read and read, read rute and newbie admin guide

>>sadly equiped with ATi card
try to tweak xorg.conf
try to figure where the patch is on the internet that can enable AGP 8x
(I know there was one)

contribute to translation
the world is your oister
 
Old 10-16-2006, 07:54 AM   #9
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Really inspiring stuff there, I'm not sure that I dare fix bugs yet

@scott_R
I've never been overly good with visual things, but I can try and install Blender at the least Perhaps from source if there are not many dependencies missing I'll surely look into programing a bit more, I remember when I dreamed of making my own games back in the days Oh the youth dreams. Also feel free to recommend some nice software if you have time :P It doesn't have to be useful

@cs-cam
I most surely will. Script this and script that all over the place... I really must learn more about it!

@chrism01
Now that is a cool idea... For now I limit myself just to reading through newbie threads and problems, but am looking forward to lend a hand as well

@Emmanuel_uk
Just wanted to ask what did you think I shoud do when you say "tweak xorg.conf" ? Excuse me for my ignorance but I'm not that familiar with specific file yet :P I did add modeline to it and enabled my resolution. My biggest problem with ATi drivers and xorg is that I can't seem to enable "xv"/Xvideo output when using Mplayer It seems to be some kind of problem with my card and drivers :/ (x1900XT and latest ATI drivers)
Will do some research on xorg file and see if I can find something useful (I mostly don't understand what options are/will do)

Will try to find a patch but will not be able to enable AGP x8 as my card is PCI-X... Rute seems like heaven though Will check admin guide...

Thanks again /hug
 
Old 10-21-2006, 05:45 AM   #10
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Well to keep you guys updated on how I'm doing

So far I've managed to get Mplayer to work flawlessly, on the other hand I succeded in breaking my TV-Out It works in BIOS and "post" but as soon as it smells X it shuts down.

After that I had 2 nights of fooling around with themes and looks, first in KDE than in Gnome. There too I noticed that I've breaked all my "by hand" settings from KDE, like mouse binds and some keyboard shortcuts, that too I have working now.

After that I have learned how to rip audio streams, although I'll never use them it is fun to have 3-4 streams ripped, named and managed for you... Right now I really don't know where to start anymore... There is just so much cool stuff that my sleep have been suffering :P
I've been trying to learn bash scripting but it isn't going very well

Right now I have wish to start programing stuff (c++, ruby perhaps) on the other hand I want to get more cool stuff working (like that ripping deal, I had no idea you could do that)
Anyone has any page with 1000s of Linux tutorials ? :P Would love to spend my weekend trying stuff out
 
Old 10-21-2006, 06:06 AM   #11
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http://www.linuxcommand.org/
http://www.dsl.org/cookbook/cookbook_toc.html
http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/grub.html


KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!

Last edited by Hitboxx; 10-21-2006 at 06:08 AM.
 
Old 10-21-2006, 06:08 AM   #12
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Quote:
The truth is, Linux, and the mass of open software that comes with Linux is so huge that sometimes it's difficult to know where to begin. Some days, I spend hours looking through synaptic and sourceforge (and happypenguin.org!) just looking for something new to play with. I'm never disappointed, unless you count the disappointment that I'll only have another few dozen years to try it all.
This seems like a good idea if you're bored (I did it too, before even that bored me, and I tried out Gentoo :-) )

But what has always worked for me is to ry out something stupid (e.g. crack my own WEP key), find it doesn't work as I want it to, and spend the afternoon looking for the option that'll make it as I want, or find an alternative.
 
Old 10-21-2006, 06:10 AM   #13
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Know if you can handle linux..
http://home.rochester.rr.com/jbennet.../n500test.html
 
  


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