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Old 07-16-2008, 01:51 AM   #1
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Unhappy New to linux


Hello guys,

I'm new to Linus and I have strong desire to learn and work on linux.
I have Redhat9 but when I install on my PC I was not able to work on it as I could not locate my othere hard drives no sound etc even printer wont work.

may be was not able to install it proparly.
than I gave up!

now I again think of it at least once I shouls use Linux.

can any of help me out to find suitable linux version for novice like me.

thanks in advance.

Nishant Sharma
 
Old 07-16-2008, 01:58 AM   #2
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For first timers, it is always better to use a live cd to find out if the distro is for you or not.
This way it saves time to install and then remove if you do not like it.
I personally would recommend you get a live cd for Ubuntu and try it first.
The new Ubuntu hardy is good at recognizing hardware and it takes most of it.
Even if you are using wireless cards it would take it.
It had some issues when I tried it first around couple of months ago with rebooting and shutting down system but I hope this has been solved.
But most of the distros today are fairly easy to install and use with good graphical interface.
 
Old 07-16-2008, 01:59 AM   #3
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Red Hat 9 is quite old and outdated...and lacks of support..
start of with some latest distros like fedora 8 or 9, ubuntu 8.04 and Suse 11.
and Red hat enterprise linux 5 would be better for learning
 
Old 07-16-2008, 02:07 AM   #4
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Welcome back

I found Puppy the easiest to understand and use. (It is different to the other distros though, in that it does not have gnome or kde desktop, or different user levels).

Otherwise, I think PCLinuxOS (based on Mandriva) was quite easy to follow. Ubuntu is very popular.

Some hardware like your printer might not work straight away (or at all if there are no linux drivers), but you can ask for help on the forums. You'll have to learn new things, but if you stick with it, it becomes easier.
 
Old 07-16-2008, 11:34 AM   #5
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Hi,

Welcome!

I would suggest that you read some online refernce to acquaint yourself. The 'Rute Tutorial & Exposition' is a good starting point.

This link and others are available from 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
Old 07-16-2008, 12:36 PM   #6
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Quote:
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Hi,

Welcome!

I would suggest that you read some online refernce to acquaint yourself. The 'Rute Tutorial & Exposition' is a good starting point.

This link and others are available from 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
Regarding the Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition by Paul Sheer. Are some sections of this tutorial outdated? And if so how can a newbie differentiate what's outdated and what's not?

Best regards
 
Old 07-16-2008, 01:47 PM   #7
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I would suggest you take a look at Distrowatch's list of major distributions. Not only will this show you what is popular, the only ones on that list are also ones that have very good support.

Link here.

As far as the reference to printers, the hardest ones IMHO to get working are Lexmark printers, as they have little support for Linux.
 
Old 07-16-2008, 07:15 PM   #8
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GO with Ubuntu, as it has very good support for it.And yes check it out with live CD .
 
Old 07-16-2008, 10:19 PM   #9
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Regarding the Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition by Paul Sheer. Are some sections of this tutorial outdated? And if so how can a newbie differentiate what's outdated and what's not?

Best regards
Most documentation is dated!

This is a good reference and if there is something in question that is semantic or syntactically then the poster can present questions to the forum. Which section(s) do you feel are dated or not current? The elementary information is going to be correct. If you think a GUI based menu driven document is the way to go then write one. Be the first! Rute is just that a basic presentation of information that a newbie or for that matter anyone who uses UNIX/Linux.

Myself, I don't see a problem with someone new to Linux using 'RUTE'.
 
Old 07-17-2008, 08:24 PM   #10
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Hi,


Most documentation is dated!

This is a good reference and if there is something in question that is semantic or syntactically then the poster can present questions to the forum. Which section(s) do you feel are dated or not current? The elementary information is going to be correct. If you think a GUI based menu driven document is the way to go then write one. Be the first! Rute is just that a basic presentation of information that a newbie or for that matter anyone who uses UNIX/Linux.

Myself, I don't see a problem with someone new to Linux using 'RUTE'.
My post was never meant to be disrespectful and it it came out that way then I apologize. I have recently acquired a hard copy of the book and I am myself using it to learn a few things. This question was more concerning my endeavor with Linux.

Thanks for the reply
 
Old 07-17-2008, 10:38 PM   #11
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Hi,

No offense was taken. I just feel the 'RUTE' is a good reference and will continue to be one. Glad to hear you got a Hard copy.
 
  


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