Linux - NewbieThis Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question?
If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org, a friendly and active Linux Community.
You are currently viewing LQ as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, receive our newsletter, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many other special features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today!
Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in.
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us. If you need to reset your password, click here.
Having a problem logging in? Please visit this page to clear all LQ-related cookies.
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
Click Here to receive this Complete Guide absolutely free.
Okay, I've been looking around. Examining the various distibutions. I've looked at Debian - which I thought would be right for me, but doesn't seem to be capable of playing with my machine - drat! I've looked at Mandrake - has possibilities, but may be too much like Windoze for my tastes. However, I'm going to give a download a try. I'm at the dl site, and it has two versions, and I don't understand what they are - hopefully someone here can give me a clue. (Hand it to me, don't slap me with it, kay? )
There's a choice of "Mandrake Linux 9.0 for i586 and Higher" and also "Mandrake Linux ISO Images Mirrors for i586 and Higher". Can anyone tell me what the difference is between them and which one I would want to download? I'm wondering if the ISO images are an upgrade to an existing Mandrake distro?
I found something that said the ISOs are for burning to a CD, and I remember someone mentioning that earlier in the thread, but I didn't understand it. Does that mean I just download the files and drop them onto a CD? Or do I diskcopy? I'm sure some of you have done that, right? Should I be looking for special instructions?
Disregard my earlier question - sorry about the wasted post.
Thanks! Now I'm just waiting. Hopefully, this download won't take the 14 hours it's currently saying. *grimace* I have cable modem, so it shouldn't.. still, who knows?
I'm probably going to download more than one distribution and try them out. I didn't much care for Redhat when I installed it last time, although admittedly that was an older version and it may have changed. (5.2) Still, I'm gonna disregard it for right now, and check out Mandrake and Slackware. I almost used Slackware last time I installed Linux, and now I'm sorry I didn't, because at least I'd be ahead of the game. Still, it will be an adventure discovering which one I like.
I was really interested in Debian, both from what people on it have said in various threads (I did a search), and also from information on a couple of Debian-related sites that I found. But near as I can tell, it won't run on a P4, and it won't work with an NVidia Vanta graphics card (integrated), much less with my CD Burner. I don't even think my hard drive was listed (it's a NEC). Pretty disappointing.
You guys are all great, and I'll refer anyone who asks here. I'll probably stick around, too. (Even after I finish driving y'all nuts with my questions!) Good communities are hard to find, and I like to give something back. (Hopefully by then I'll be able to!)
"Use the horse Fluke.. err.. use the Fork Duke.. oh drat it! Just press that button there!"
How long should it take to download the ISO files for Mandrake, does anyone know? It says nineteen hours, it's already been downloading for over two. I have a cable modem, which is getting killer speed. Could the mirror be lagged? Should I try another site? Or is this normal?
Just because you have a cable modem doesn't mean everything is going to download super fast. You have to remember the other end has to have an adequate bandwith for a 'broadband speed download' amongst the many others downloading from them.
Okay, I switched to a different site and left the dl up over night, it looks like it took about 5 hours. I then read the readme included with the distro and it said to use md5sum (from etree) to check the files because sometimes there's an error when you dl using a browser (which is what I did). It came back with so many errors I couldn't even read them all!
After hunting around on the etree site, I discovered that the errors are avoided by using an FTP client, so I dl'd a client and I just finised bring down the distribution. It only took me about 2 hours for the whole thing.
Hopefully I won't be finding errors in it now.
Thanks for all the help guys! I really appreciate it.