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Old 10-18-2003, 12:34 PM   #1
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Question Mandrake 7 - Absouloute beginner questions


Hi,
As a thorough newbie, I have decided to explore & play with Mandrake Ver7 on a much older early Pentium system. And have made a fairly minimal installation which works.

Now of course I want to get in a little deeper, therefore I now need further information that relates specifically, to this version and firstly I need to know where/if there are version specific How-Tos available online somewhere?

Also Im trying to find information that specifically advises me of hardware compatibility etc. I want to know about obvious questions to do with PCI Modem compatibility, USB Ports and adding printer drivers etc.
So where are the best online reference docs to start reading up on theses and other beginner issues, like how to add or change hardware components etc and how to update specific parts of this distro if necessary?

And of course I need to understand more about basic commands and this File system too.

PS I have starting by using the KDE Interface.

So good people, any recommendations you want to make are appreciated,

Jim

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Old 10-18-2003, 12:37 PM   #2
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For future reference, try searching this place first for answers. For docs, the linux documentation project, tldp.org, has tons of how-tos. And if it doesn't have what you need, google is your friend.
 
Old 10-18-2003, 12:45 PM   #3
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Thanks Jimmy,

Having tried a few basic word searches here; with in these forums (particularly with the words [Mandrake 7] included), I found that most of my searches results were with reference to the current 9.2 Version. So as yet I find that the information I receive as results are clouding my research a little bit

Thanks again.

Jim
 
Old 10-18-2003, 02:17 PM   #4
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http://linux-newbie.sunsite.dk/

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Old 10-18-2003, 03:35 PM   #5
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Thanks Dave,

Unfortunatly that URL (http://linux-newbie.sunsite.dk/ ) is giving a "The page you are looking for is currently unavailable" Message from here.
Can any one confirm it's availibility?

Thanks again guys,

Jim
 
Old 10-18-2003, 06:05 PM   #6
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I got the link to work at 7:06 EST on Oct. 18... I think the server may have burped? Give it another try...

shoe
 
Old 10-19-2003, 04:10 AM   #7
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IMHO in terms of ease of use if you're just learning you'll have a lot less headaches if you just get the latest version (order it for $10 from one of the many linux iso stores on the net). I started with Mandrake 6 and it was a royal pain in the ass, I waited until 8 came out before I tried again.

Winmodems also tend to be quite difficult to find drivers for depending on brand and model.
 
Old 10-19-2003, 09:56 AM   #8
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My Thanks to Kovacs & Shoe for your replys

Kovacs, I chose to install Mandrake Ver 7 as I have several older Pentium-1 systems kicking around, which I could dedicate to Linux.
My question is: Are more recent versions like 8 and later going to run at a reasonable speed on early Intel pentiums with only about 32 - 64Mb of RAM Installed?

Basically, I need to explore basic system management at this point in time, and would like to set up a system which has very little application use, other than Dialup & ADSL Connections, Email & web browsing, I'd also like to look at issues like available printer drivers and USB compatability - Any further advice is appreciated.

Also WRT: the URL http://linux-newbie.sunsite.dk/ I still cant get a web page from this address, is it working for any one else yet?

Many thanks,


Jim Le G.
 
Old 10-19-2003, 10:14 AM   #9
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MDK 7 is a 2.2.X kernel which isn't going to support USB unless you upgrade the kernel.

For other ideas:
http://old.lwn.net/Distributions/

There are lightweight windows manager like fluxbox that will run better on an older machine then KDE or Gnome.
 
Old 10-19-2003, 11:41 AM   #10
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Michael thank you,

Any advice then, about what spec system would run a minimal installation of Mandrake V8 please?

Thanks.
Jim.
 
Old 10-19-2003, 12:50 PM   #11
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I would think that 8 would be Ok on a pentium with 64mb RAM. IMHO more of the bugs were fixed with V8.2 and it runs better.
 
Old 10-24-2003, 06:26 PM   #12
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Try this site for starters: http://howto.lycos.com/lycos/topic/1...+26084,00.html
 
  


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