I Don't Know How To Do Basic Stuff w/Linux(Ubuntu 9.04)
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That's a LOT of reading dude, especially for a guy that hates to read.
Thanks though, I'll try to read it all.
I was mostly kidding about the rute... that's way more than you need to be worrying about, but the ubuntu guide is definitely worth the read for a newby to linux...
Reading is really your friend though if you have any goals of conquering your ignorance... I know I used to be the same way, but there is a vast world of knowledge out there for the taking, and if you ever hope to be independent and not have to go on forums begging for answers (where you're still actually reading).... You need to get used to reading, and finding out the answers to those questions yourself...
I'd bet money that most of the questions you're wondering about could be found with a simple google... probably verbatim...
eventually if you ever have any desire to truly understand and master the linux OS then you MUST get used to reading...
To be honest with you, just playing around and exploring is your best bet to learn; you'll never understand anything purely in theory, practice is better.
There's no doubting the value of actual experience but you can't just wonder around blindly and hope to understand what you're doing either...
As a scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician, writer once said...
Originally Posted by Leonardo da Vinci
He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.
Regarding some good reading,read the rute book. The link is in my signature. It will give you lots of information in a understandable format.
There is also the linux documentation project. That has more lots and lots of reading. http://tldp.org/
I did the research, the reading, looked up my chipset and manufacturer, downloaded the necessary files, installed it...still no go.
I think I'm gonna install Windows.
No, its not what you're thinking. I had Vista, but I'm gonna downsize to XP AND Ubuntu, so I'm gonna end up with both. Its not about the card either, its about my damn Zune. Can't be without my podcasts, its been days, due to the long weekend and from my research it looks like there's always some issue with using Zune and Ubuntu. Looks like there's quite a few folks who keep a copy of Windows just for things like Zune and/or something else. I'm gonna join 'em.
So that's what I'll do tonight, wipe this drive (format) install Windows XP and then install Ubuntu 9.04 again.
Is there a way to keep all my stuff stored so I can just bring it back up easily or would I have to go through everything again. I'm actually not to opposed to going through everything again. I'm really gonna use Ubuntu as a learning experience....get into it.
PS - Anybody know if one can use one's Vista product code for XP?
You will need a minimum of four partitions to setup dual boot and a backup partition.
1 Ntfs partition (Windows)
1 ext3 partition (Ubuntu)
1 swap partition (swap)
1 fat32 partition (Backup and accessible to windows)
You probably will not be able to use the vista product code for xp.
So, like I posted in another thread, I ended up reinstalling Windows, Vista first then upgraded to 7, and then reinstalling Ubuntu 9.04 as a dual-boot. I had gotten some tuturials on how to successfully dual-boot with Windows installed first, but they are a bit outdated, as they all stated to install on the disk-partition that you set up for an Ubuntu install. Turns out didn't have to do that as the latest Ubuntu has an install option to install "side-by-side." I figured if thats an option available now its probably the best option, despite all the online literature saying otherwise.
Seems to be working fine, looks like Ubuntu's "in charge" of the dual-boot screen though, as its the same font and look as Ubuntu's OS vs. the same font and look as a PC's system. Interesting.
I haven't bothered to buss my head on the wireless, as I have the ethernet card, and all though I installed all the drivers, so I thought, nothing happened. I was glad to get the ATI graphics driver up to snuff. I have to do it all over again, which is cool, cause I consider it learning.
What are some key things to set up initially, and if necessary, in what order?
For instance, graphics, wireless...what else is essential? Oh...the sound. Last time I installed Ubuntu, the first time, the sound was very low. I read somewhere to turn down the volume when installing, and I did, and it still seems to be low. Perhaps I did it too late?
So these are the three things I find essential to "fix" on my Ubuntu installation...the ATI Graphics, which I already done, but have to do it again.
The sound, if possible, have it loud as on Windows.
And, of course, the wireless.
Still open to suggestions or links in the right direction.
BTW...Windows 7 is kinda awesome.
One more question...are virus scanners and such necessary using Linux/Ubuntu? If so, what is recommended?
No need for anti-virus, because linux isn't as widely used, and POSIX security stuff, viruses aren't an issue- you may get the few that enter the wild, but really they're never as big an issue as anywhere else.