I am fairly new to the linux community. I have read a couple of books on it and soon I hope to destroy my windoze partition. I am trying to understand "linux only" file formats, like rc.d files. i already understand .oog files and simple extentions like that.
Also the Xserver. Why do they call it a server, and is winblows explorer a server also? What is the difference?
Another question I have is with defragging. Is there a program that can do this or is there no need to defrag your hard drive because of ext2fs. Another similar question is fsck. I know you can't check mounted filesystems, so how would you do a thorough job scanning root (/), and not the quick check it does at startup.
Also I installed XPde (just to check it out) I followed the instructions and I had to run chmod without su privledges, i also changed some files in /etc (XPde told me too). but now I can't run XPde with root (it gives me "the screen didn't last more than 10 seconds" or something like that). How do i change this?
I am also trying to understand the whole aspect of "shared libraries" in linux. I basically want to compile everything from source code and not deal with RPM dependancies. So my question is what are the most popular libs packages (not RPM packages though) i could download and install so that most programs will run properly?
I just have one more question. I am starting to learn how to program and instead of using Emacs and Vi I wanted to use DevC++. Is this a good choice for beginners. and is there any libs I need to get DevC++ up and running?
Thank you very much.