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Ive been trying to switch to linux for a while , but always end up being lazy, but this time i really want to switch.Ive been messing around for the past few days with knoppix, even though i think im gonna go with mandrake.....I have a few questions though about linux, so i really would appreciate it if someone could help me out.I know some of these questions might sound stupid but im really new to this , and ever since i found out about microsofts "trusted computing" plans ive been wanting to support linux by switching(plus is cooler lol)
1) How do i secure linux ? I looked in knoppix and could not find a firewall... in windows i disable services , and use advance rules to block ports and stuff but how would i do that in linux ? Howcome whenever a prog tried to connect , im not asked to permit it ? How can i test how secure i am ? with windows i would run the online sygate test.
2)does Adobe photoshop work with Linux ?
3)How do i unstall programs i dont need that came with my distribution...
4) In windows i press control, alt and delete to bring up the task manager to see whats running and how much memory is being used and can end a task through there if i want to ...how do i do this in Linux ?
5) I have a usb cd burner, that dosent work with all software, do u think linux could not support it ?
6) Where the hell is the volume control ? LOL i looked all over knoppix and could not find it , i noticed in mandrake some people had a speaker icon in the taskbar , how did they do that ?
7) How do i keep Linux up to date ? where do i get patchs and how do i install them, also i noticed manrake currently has 9.2 on their website for downoad but their coming out with 10.0 soon , how wouldi upgrade ? do i have to reinstall the whole thing ? or is their a upgrade option .
8) This question is probably gonna sound really stupid, but i like to keep things organized , and when i download an application that dosent have an installer i extract it in the "program files folder" and thats where most people put there programs but in linux whats the default folder ? i know i can put it anywhere i want to but im just looking for an idea to keep things organized. Also what are all these bin and urs folders for ?
I apologize if anything above wasent clear or has been answered b4 or if this isnt posted in the right place or format.
In a rush, so here're the answers to a few of your questions. Someone else can fill in the rest.
1) If you're using Mandrake, if I recall, you can set the firewall through either the Gnome or KDE desktops by going into the Start Menu->System settings->Security Level. As for testing it, try this site: GRC (go to ShieldsUp!)
2) I don't think Adobe has a Linux compatible version of it (apparently they're not such big fans of open source...), but you can probably use a Win emulator like Wine. Or try out GIMP, which is a handy graphics program which might be on the Mandrake CD.
4) Control+Alt+Delete will work in KDE (I *think*. Sorry, I usually use Gnome, so I don't remember.). If not, you can use the System Monitor gui program which probably comes with your distro. It'll probably be in Start Menu->System Tools. Or you can do it from the terminal, but you can learn that later.
6) If you saw them using a taskbar, then it was probably KDE or Gnome, in which case you should be able to right click on the taskbar and add applets like volume control to it.
7) I don't remember if MDK had an updater like Up2Date for RH, so I can't say much about that. (I use apt-get for Fedora which is a command line updater) As for updating, you should be able to just burn the 10.0 CDs, boot from them, and MDK should detect that you already have 9.2 and ask if you want to upgrade instead of doing a full install.
4) Kde has a task manager, if the key combo doesn't work, then you can browse around in the menus for it. Linux rarely freezes, and if the GUI starts acting up I switch to command-line (ctrl-alt-F6) to fix the problem, which is even less likely to freeze.
8) Linux organizes things for you. Configuration files are kept in /etc , most programs end up in /usr (kinda like Program Files), etc. See the Linux Filesystem Hiearchy Guide
Edit: when you get programs that need to be extracted, they usually have some sort of installer. Extract, install (the files go to their respective folders like /usr), then delete what you extracted. Use things like checkinstall to keep track of the non-mandrake stuff you install.