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Old 05-07-2004, 08:38 PM   #1
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need help with general knowledge


The word newbie was invented for me.
I have recently DL'd and installed Mandrake 10, now switching to 9.2. I have not used a non windows OS since the Commadore-64 was the big thing.
Can someone please answer 2 questions, and offer 1 pt of advice?

Can anyone recommend a good BEGINNER book on linux, (also an intermediate as i learn fast)...

Q1 KDE or GNOME... as far as i can see right now, there is little difference between the two other than what is preconfigured available, and aesthetics. Is there any significant difference?

Q2 Everything went fine during the install, but I cannot seem to find any driver support for a USR 5633A USB modem (US RObotics v.92). Google seems to indicate there is little or no linux support for USR products. Is this true, or am I just searching the wrong things?

Any help at all would be appreciated.

Also is Mandrake a good choice for a newbie? ( Purpose is to learn apache, PHP, and MySQL).

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Old 05-07-2004, 08:47 PM   #2
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To quote your tag line: "Don't Panic" (we all were noobies once

I found the books that come with SuSE to be excellent (well worth the price of the distro). Alternately, browse the Linux Documentaion Project on the "Guides" page http://www.tldp.org/guides.html. You might find "Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide" useful.

KDE vs Gnome could start a war, but I prefer KDE. It looks "cleaner" to me, and it generally seems more consistent across the board (IMHO).

Sorry, but I can't help with the modem question.
 
Old 05-07-2004, 08:49 PM   #3
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I use fluxbox rather than KDE or gnome for most purposes.. it's pretty nice and very small.

Check it out at fluxbox.org for screenshots.
 
Old 05-07-2004, 08:59 PM   #4
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Thanks for the helps so far folks.
LDP looks great and should make for much good reading.
Tag line actually from Hitch-hikers Guide To The Galaxy et. al. Great read.
Fluxox hunh? I'll have to look it up and try it. Are there any real reasons for one or the other or is it just personal pref?
 
Old 05-16-2004, 12:27 AM   #5
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The Rute Linux guide is the newbie/intermediate/advanced book you'll need. Once you get through that, the only things you'll stumble on is the little things between distros.

Desktops are taste only. I prefer KDE to Gnome because of what works by default. I don't have both installed. My alternate is XFCE4 (and sometimes Fluxbox) when I just want to get into my computer faster. Its all according to what you want. Some prefer Windowmaker, IceWM, Enlightenment, OLVWM, or even TWM, which is installed with XFree86. You'll find what works best for you.
 
Old 05-16-2004, 01:38 AM   #6
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I've used USR voice/data/fax modem with 3 different distros (2 releases of each) and never had a problem with modem detection and configuration. It was all done automagically for me. All I had to do was point and click after setting up my ISP.
 
Old 05-16-2004, 01:46 AM   #7
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If anything works at all, this might. Seems that a driver called "acm" might work.
 
  


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