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Old 02-09-2004, 11:31 AM   #16
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I believe Suse and Mandrake re-size partitions, but only FAT32. I dont think Redhat does.


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Old 02-09-2004, 02:02 PM   #17
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I believe Suse and Mandrake re-size partitions, but only FAT32. I dont think Redhat does.


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Did you not see Greyweather's post?
 
Old 02-09-2004, 02:41 PM   #18
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ok i have never posted before and havent as of yet installed any linux versions yet. i have however purchased a new pc for suse, the cheap one from walmart for lindows, and downloaded mandrake, slakware, and gentooth. i am going to install my suse 64 on my new amd 64 pc. but i know nothing at all about linux and am not even sure about all these definitions, like kde, gnome (please dont mind my spelling as it totally sucks), and several others. how can i find out which linux distros are right for me, and what all of these defs mean? this is very likely only my starting questions. so please stick around. ive messed with windows alot and build my own pc's mostly so i know hardware, but this stuff has me stumped right now.
 
Old 02-09-2004, 02:47 PM   #19
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For starters, you should have posted this in a new thread!

Regardless there is a newbie guide at:
http://linux.turbocharging.net/

I think it needs work, but should get you started.

JL
 
Old 02-10-2004, 02:17 AM   #20
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why wasnt this thread a good one? it said newbie with questions as the topic. at any rate i will check out the link you placed up. thankx
 
Old 02-10-2004, 04:17 AM   #21
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Being a basic newbie myself I can throw a bit of info into this. As far as choosing a Linux distro there doesn't seem to be any one answer. It seems the best you can do is try a few that seem to meet your criteria, (In this case probably ease of install and use.), and see which fits you the best. I tried Mandrake, Redhat and finally settled on Slackware. I was looking for something relatively easy, but most importantly that runs smooth. Slackware, though a bit more complicated to install, (Still simple), runs much quicker.

As far as KDE, Gnome, etc. They basically are your window managers. There are several to chose from, and they control the windows feel of the system. KDE and Gnome seem to be the most user friendly, and pretty similar to windows in some regards. Fluxbox is a bit more minimalist and seems to be quite popular. And there's several others. I know with Slackware multiple ones are installed by default and you can simply swap the one you wish to start into. I'd assume Mandrake and Redhat are the same.

As far as keeping an existing Windows install, you could use partition magic to slide around the partition borders and free up some free space. (Obviously if you make the windows partition too small to hold the info thats saved on it, bad things are gonna happen quick.) Defragging before doing this may very well be a good idea. If not erase it all and start from scratch. Good luck.
 
Old 02-10-2004, 08:05 AM   #22
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why wasnt this thread a good one? it said newbie with questions as the topic. at any rate i will check out the link you placed up. thankx
No, but you need to start a new thread in order for other people to find the information they are looking for.


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As far as KDE, Gnome, etc. They basically are your window managers. There are several to chose from, and they control the windows feel of the system. KDE and Gnome seem to be the most user friendly, and pretty similar to windows in some regards. Fluxbox is a bit more minimalist and seems to be quite popular. And there's several others. I know with Slackware multiple ones are installed by default and you can simply swap the one you wish to start into. I'd assume Mandrake and Redhat are the same.
KDE and Gnome are not window managers. They are desktop environments. Desktop environments simply maintain a consistent look and feel throughout and they come with applications that suit it best. All desktop environments need a window manager in order to function, decide where the placement of windows should be and decide the look and theme of the window.

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Old 02-10-2004, 12:57 PM   #23
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KDE and Gnome are not window managers. They are desktop environments. Desktop environments simply maintain a consistent look and feel throughout and they come with applications that suit it best. All desktop environments need a window manager in order to function, decide where the placement of windows should be and decide the look and theme of the window.

JL
Thanks for the clarification. I could not for the life of me think of that word this morn. Window Managers sounded close.......... Thats what I get for posting half asleep
 
Old 02-10-2004, 01:26 PM   #24
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well i thank all of you guys who have commented so far. the day i arrive back in the us from iraq i plan on installing several versions (mostly because i hate windows and dont know what version to install, though i do think suse is quite pretty). only 2 months to go. but i have been looking into this for a qhile and now i am going to do it.
 
Old 02-10-2004, 01:29 PM   #25
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one more thing i am confused about this thread thing? i know that i am new and thus dont "get it" yet, but what i meant was i thought this was the place where newbies placed there questions. the title of it was even nebie trying to get started in linux (if that dos fit my situation i am definetly going to need better instructions). anyway thankx.
 
Old 02-10-2004, 02:09 PM   #26
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um...you replied to a thread that is IN the newbie section...so you could say that you went one level tooooo deep. just click on the newbie link and you will see a list of threads. make your own. dont enter a thread and then reply to that thread.
 
  


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