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Old 03-07-2008, 08:26 AM   #16
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These programs will not boot, and have TAR.GZ files how do we boot and unzip the files, at the moment we have MINT installed, but we can change to another LINUX if it is easier, we have worked out the PACKAGE MANAGE in MINT, can we load NERO and LINSPIRE thro that?
Has any one come across a dvd that guides you thro any LINUX program?
I don't think it will get much easier than MINT although something like MEPIS or PCLinuxOS would come close. If you had installed Ubuntu, you would have found quite a bit of help over here: http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:Gutsy Considering that Mint is actually based on Ubuntu, it may be an informative read anyhow.
Nero is distributed by Nero, not by Linux. They appear to have a free trial version for Linux but you would have to install it manually.
And I don't see the point of installing Linspire on MINT as they are both Linux operating systems. Surely you wouldn't install XP on Vista? (Although you may be tempted to install it over it ;D).

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Old 03-11-2008, 06:57 AM   #17
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Thanks for your replies.
Problem is --- turn round once and you will find someone that can give you hands on with windows. With Linux all the IT People and people at computer fairs etc tell you how good linux is, then you say " do you use it "-- NO is the answer
Back to the point My son and I have been given Linspire and Nero for Linux from a IT gent that worked in a factory (he has now left) he could not get the thinks to run.
These programs will not boot, and have TAR.GZ files how do we boot and unzip the files, at the moment we have MINT installed, but we can change to another LINUX if it is easier, we have worked out the PACKAGE MANAGE in MINT, can we load NERO and LINSPIRE thro that?
Has any one come across a dvd that guides you thro any LINUX program?
Thanks Bert
Sometimes what you are given might not be the best thing for you.

I heard all the talk of Ubuntu and tried it out. I was disappointed. To me, it tried to hide the Unix part of the OS and simulated windows as much as it could. I hated it.

For a beginner I recommend going with one of the Linux's that have been around awhile. Plenty of info already online to help you get it up and running. Fedora / Red Hat is my preference. It works, and there is plenty of info on most aspects of the OS. Installing it could not be much easier.

For a filesystem all you need is:
/boot 102m
swap equal to the size of your memory
/ For everything else.


As far as the people at conventions who tell you they love Linux but when you ask say they do not use it, I am at a loss. Sure sounds like you are talking to the wrong people. From the knowledge and posts here on LQ I do believe the majority here at least use Linux daily.

One HUGE step for Linux happened last year. Oracle said that Linux is it's default platform. This might have had something to do with Sun buying MySql, but none the less, it sure shocked me. We know that IBM has Linux built into their UNIX OS (AIX) and now with the largest mid tier database company saying Linux is their default that is HUGE for the entire Linux following.
 
Old 03-11-2008, 07:29 AM   #18
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bert88;

I'll assert that there are more ways of getting good information on Linux than for Windows. The problem is that they are all over the place.

I would do two things:
1. Get a copy of "Linux in a Nutshell" from O'Reilly. (It may be available in their free online service)
2. Start a new thread here at LQ with ONE specific question. (Right now, your questions are getting lost in the other discussions.)
 
Old 03-11-2008, 09:10 AM   #19
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Hi Bert

Try Ubuntu, or even better Kubuntu

It looks a bit like windows, and is really easy to use

internet/email/file browsing etc all those basics work out of the box, like windows

Of course you need to get some drivers for graphics, but you would on windows when doing a fresh install

in regards to installing stuff, just go through the synaptic package manager, do a search for something, like "MSN" and hey presto it brings back several different applications that run the MSN chat client, right click > Install....Job done

good luck!
 
  


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