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Old 01-12-2007, 09:51 AM   #1
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Im Really New Help Please


hello mirosuck made me mad so i formatted my computer becuase i got made downloaded a linux progam installed in and from i have seached on the internet im console, or shell prompt thingy that looks like MS-DOS
and i wanted to know how to get to A graphical screen with icons,and menus from the progam i downloaded i looked at a photo and it showed a destop how do i get to it i stuck on the prompt shell thing ms-dos screen please help im lost
 
Old 01-12-2007, 09:57 AM   #2
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Hi,

I think we really need to know what linux distro you downloaded and installed?

Also what does the prompt say when you turn the computer on?
 
Old 01-12-2007, 10:05 AM   #3
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CentOS 2.4.9-e.40

I downloaded CentOS 2 ISO i downloaded it and it showed a photo of a graphical screen with icons but when i restarted the computer it comes up on the shell thingy and it says init-2.05
 
Old 01-12-2007, 10:21 AM   #4
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please

could someone please help me get to the screen with icons and stuff im lost and stuck on this screen i hit tab and help all commands i don't know i know noting about linux
 
Old 01-12-2007, 10:28 AM   #5
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i recommend another distribution to start with

CentOS is a distrubution bulit on REDHAT enterprise linux for server needs in my opinion. i would start with an easier option... there are a lot of dists out there. search google for linux desktop distributions ... i would recommend starting with ubunto linux ... easy to install and designed to be a desktop OS ...

for your current installation i would try to type the following from the shell:
Code:
startx
or
Code:
init 5

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Old 01-12-2007, 10:29 AM   #6
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A personal recommendation: CentOS is not necessarily the most newbie-friendly Linux distribution. It's focus is making an Open-Source Enterprise Linux environment that remains entirely community based. I'm not saying it's not a good distribution or a great goal, but I would recommend you try something else to get your feet wet.

Try downloading Ubuntu from www.ubuntu.org. It's much more friendly to the newcomer, and will get you straight to a graphical interface.

However, if you really want to get into CentOS to start with, try typing:
Code:
startx
If it returns an error, you may need to run:
Code:
Xorg -configure
If that command isn't recognized, it's possible you downloaded a version with the X Window Server, in which case it won't have a GUI at all.

I would try Ubuntu. One of the great things about Linux is the sheer number of distributions available, and how easy it is to move from one to the next until you find one you like.

Edit: Looks like waelaltaqi and I posted at the same time. Heh.
 
Old 01-12-2007, 10:31 AM   #7
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hey i looked for ubunto like you said but i could only find ubuntu linux is that it
 
Old 01-12-2007, 10:37 AM   #8
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let me add something here...
As a newbie, you have to realize that linux is a shell based operating system modified to work as a desktop environment.Windows is completley GUI with some command line support.
Windows has only one desktop environment which means that there is only one design to work with your computer graphically. in linux there are many desktop environments bulit on X window system ... mainly KDE and GNOME are your options

i think that you didn't install any desktop support with your CentOS installation. that's why we are recommending another distribution.
 
Old 01-12-2007, 10:41 AM   #9
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hey i looked for ubunto like you said but i could only find ubuntu linux is that it
Yes. www.ubuntu.org is the correct site. Just download the Live CD and give it a try. I think you'll like it.

And as waelaltaqi said, Linux offers many graphical environment choices. Here's what I suggest: download Ubuntu AND Kubuntu (www.kubuntu.org). They are the same system with different graphical interfaces. They are both Live CDs, meaning you can just stick the disc in your computer, restart and test it without even installing. Play with both of them before installing, then pick the one you like best.

Happy Linuxing!
 
Old 01-12-2007, 10:42 AM   #10
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Google It

i think you should use google a little harder here. anyway go to

http://www.ubuntu.com/

and download the desktop version .... after you download it burn the ISO on a DVD/CD and install ... it should be stright forward... if you have any questions on post here and we will help you out :-)
 
Old 01-12-2007, 10:42 AM   #11
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aright

thank you for the help what is linux really mircsuck stuck it to me last night and i got feed up i showed of done some checkin i glad i have 2 computers lol i would be in a hoe right now on the ubuntu witch one to download http://ubuntu-releases.cs.umn.edu//6.06/ could someone help me pick
 
Old 01-12-2007, 10:46 AM   #12
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thank you for the help what is linux really mircsuck stuck it to me last night and i got feed up i showed of done some checkin i glad i have 2 computers lol i would be in a hoe right now on the ubuntu witch one to download http://ubuntu-releases.cs.umn.edu//6.06/ could someone help me pick
First, I would recommend Edgy over Dapper. Edgy is the latest version. I've had no stability problems with it.

Pick the one labeled: PC (Intel x86) desktop CD (http://mirror.cs.umn.edu/ubuntu-rele...sktop-i386.iso is the direct link)

PS to all others: I'm telling him to pick the i386 regardless of whether or not he's got an x86_64 processor because it's the easier to get used to Linux before you grapple the 64-bit nuances (drivers, software, 32 bit emus, etc.)

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Old 01-12-2007, 10:59 AM   #13
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PS to all others: I'm telling him to pick the i386 regardless of whether or not he's got an x86_64 processor because it's the easier to get used to Linux before you grapple the 64-bit nuances (drivers, software, 32 bit emus, etc.)
what should i say....?? i totaly agree ..64 is always a pain in the a$$ ..
 
Old 01-12-2007, 11:06 AM   #14
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PS to all others: I'm telling him to pick the i386 regardless of whether or not the's got an x86_64 processor because it's the easier to get used to Linux before you grapple the 64-bit nuances (drivers, software, 32 bit emus, etc.)
Thats very sound advice, the 64bit distros just don't have the support the 32bit distros have yet.

Phippsy, just jumping in to Linux the way you are, is gonna be difficult, what happened with Windows that frustrated you so badly? I worked with Linux and Windows for several months before finally killing my XP installation.

If you go with Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu 6.10, here's a very good FAQ..
http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:Edgy

What are the specs of your PC?

IGF
 
Old 01-12-2007, 11:17 AM   #15
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i can't say the spec

i can't really say the spec of my pc off top of my head i just the computer for free my freind said it was crashed i opened it up and it was missin a fan and cd rom drive was fried so i replaced them turned it on the the coputer was working just fine got hit with virus and spy where like a mofo missed my computer all up make a long story shot computer crashed had no cd to fix downloaded borrowed a freind xp home and i could not activate windows xp becuase micosuck won't let you install the xp on 2 computers
 
  


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