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Help, someone, please!! I bought myself Red Hat 7.0 for Dummies, with the distro included, and have spent the last 8 hours installing it. I thought I could just follow the book, but problem is I only have 260MB hard drive space, so had to do the minimal install - the installer was nothing like in the book, and as I haven't got X installed, none of the book makes any sense at all! Now I have no clue at all what to do - I don't even know how to shut my machine down, and Windows got wiped (thank heaven for small mercies...) so at the moment it's completely useless. (yes, I know that was pretty stupid, but sometimes you have to take a risk) Can anyone give me any hints on getting started, recommend a book, website, throw me a few commands so I can do something other than log in and state at my command line going 'oh, how nice...'? PLEASE! Sorry this is a duplicate post but I got the wrong forum first time round - oops!
Well, now you should have enough hard drive space since windows got wiped. Just reinstally and make sure you install X. Are there any specific questions you have? (btw, I'm a real newb at linux too, I just got RH 7.2 installed yesterday)
thanks for that - I'll give it a go in the morning. Any clues on how to install just the basics and X? Like I say, the installer on the CD is nothing like the one in the book, and I don't know how to stop it just trying to put everything on! I looked at 'select individual packages' but didn't want to leave out anything vital!
260mb is *really* tight for redhat. I'd seriously suggest you simply buy another hard disk, they are relatively cheap. Also it might be worth getting redhat 8 if you can, books are fine up to a point but they are ALWAYS out of date. a lot of the user interface stuff changed between redhat 7.x and 8 for instance.
If you really want to learn from a book that's cool, but the easiest way is to simply ask here and in IRC. linux is actually somewhat intuitive (up to a point) these days
I'd say get more hard drive space. I can install the minimum with Redhat 6.2 taking up about 240 megs, that's along with X and Gnome as well. So I know 7.0 is going to take probably just a bit more. With that amount of space your not going to get everything you'll probably want to learn with and even if you do get it all on a 260 meg drive, your probably not gonna be able to do much as you won't have any space left to work with.
The minimum RH install (all the packages it won't let you not to choose) is more than 100MB. You should take mc (Midningt Commander), XFree, a simple window manager (blackbox etc) and it will be ~200MB. The system wil work, but it won't be very useful... Try to get some more space..
Well, guess there's nothing else for it - I'm going to have to put it on my little bro's new PC (just too much hassle to find a HD compatible with mine - I cd replace the who;e darned machine for about a tenner!). Now there's just the small matter of partitioning - he's gonna kill me if it goes wrong! He likes Windows - but then he's only 12, guess he'll learn...
Thanks for the advice!