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Mr. Modem's knowledge base is free to the subscibers of his weekly newsletter. When I was using Windows XP I would gain access to his knowledge base by logging in my Email address and password.
I was able to download TUX magazine after I set up an account for it within Linux's " akregator " program.
I did get the modem that DeadPenguin recommended and it works great.
I wish I had something to offer within this forum but I am old and quite a computer neophyte.
I wish I had known about Linux before I ever bought a computer. One thing I do know now is that being on the Internet using Microsoft is like putting to sea in a leaky boat. It is only a matter of time before you sink and have to get your hard drive reformated, again, to get out the hijacking, adware, and spyware programs.
I do not know how to build computers; but I know that if Microsoft did not already put so many holes in its programs to spy on people, others would not be able to get such easy access.
I did an on line update of Linux 10 today and quite a bit was downloaded. Perhaps I wll be able to figure this out.
After downloading my first update I was able to discover a few things.
First although my Linux firewall is always on, there was a hole in it that allowed an outside computer to get into mine. I have had Firefox hijacking programs while using Windows XP so i recognized something familiar.
Second, I Emailed Mr. Modem and when he tried to access his Website's knowledge base with his Linux computer the same thing happened to him that happened to me.
He has promised to get his Linux people to figure it out and get back to me.
Since Mr. Modem's knowledge base and TUX magazine both use the PDF format I am wondering if there must be some special way to set up the Linux " akregator " program to receive partial PDF from a website.
Has anyone else had this kind of akregator problem?
There are so many networking systems within Linux that I had never heard of before. I had to try to figure out how to disable them. I found seven parallel conections including 2 - 127 loopbacks. I deleted them all.
I am in the habit now of clearing the Firefox cache before connecting to the Internet and that helps. At times I feel that my computer has someone or something else running it and when that happens I cut power to my modem.
From past experience I have learned that downloading a newer version of Firefox is useless without first getting rid of every trace of the old one.
I think it would be in my best interest to learn more about Linux and then have my hard drive reformated again. Then I can install Linux again and hopefully avoid my present problems.
Thanks again for your help. I will try what you have suggested.
Distribution: Mandriva mostly, vector 5.1, tried many.Suse gone from HD because bad Novell/Zinblows agreement
install xpdf for example or kpdf
Possibly already installed (start a terminal and type
xpdf nameofpdffile or just xpdf or kpdf
there is also an acrobat reader plug-in
"Slashdot | Adobe Reader 7.0 Coming to Linux"
This is out there, but this version was rumoured to be calling home
If you suspect you had a security problem, reformating is the way forward.
If you are paranoid, install 2 distros (I mean twice the same)
And do net stuffs in only one of them, without mounting all the
partitions (this is quite extreme. It means booting 1 distro for each type of application).
Or have 1 version which is your development, and the other one
you keep improving step by step utnil you are confident it is internet ready.
Lots of reading ahead, yes.
Did you read rute exposition guide or linux newbie admin
(see in LQ bookmark)