I'm new to Linux (Redhat 7.3) after using Windows 2000 for quite a while. I got it because I'm a computing student and it's what we use at university.
I have quite a lot of questions...
1. Hardware drivers - do I need to search for them or is my system OK as it is? Sound on my Creative SB Live doesn't work but I haven't looked into that yet. I tried running the KDE Tux game but it ran really slowly - I tried installing the NVidia drivers (it's a GeForce 4 MX440) and now Tux doesn't run at all.
I'm used to installing all the latest drivers for everything. The point here is how do I know what's up to date and correctly set up? With W2K it was easy to find out. Now I don't know if my hard disks are using UDMA or not, and lots of other problems like this.
2. Why is stuff so difficult to install? Granted, KPackage on KDE makes life so much easier but it's still bad! There's always dependencies to go searching for! WINE for example just put me off bothering at all since knowing what I'm meant to do is so confusing.
3. I installed Netscape 7 under KDE, but it seems to be running 4.7 on all other configurations? Opera on the other hand has successfully appeared on all of them.
4. Can you easily leave the XWindow system and get back to a pure shell? How?
5. Can you access an NTFS hard drive without extra software? I haven't been able to yet but I've not put a lot of work into this one.
6. Any advice or sites you can recommend? I can do the very basic stuff like move the mouse
and use cp, mv, ls at the shell etc., but after that I'm just guessing.
Please help with as many of the above as you can! Thanks in advance! And then I'll come back and ask some more
Rob Pridham, wapocalypse.com