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Hello to All,
I am not sure that I am in the right forum so please forgive me if I am not. I am very new to Linux. I have a HP Pavilion a305w, Intel Celeron 2.7 GHz processor, 400 MHz FSB, 256 MB DDR SDRAM, Integrated Intel Extreme graphics w/ up to 64 MB shared video memory, Integrated AC97 audio and integrated 10/100 Base-T networking interface. I am using Mandrake 8.0. My problem is that I have been so Windows dependent that I have no clue as to how to use this OS. I cant open anything. To say that I am a newbie is an understatement. I have looked at the help files and they really are of no help because of the same terminology used by the program (OS?). If there is any one who can point me in the right direction (or close to it) would be so appreciated. Any help in being able to open a CD or start an application and how in the world do you use the command line ( what commands do you use ) and a host of other things that are too numerous to go into. Again hello to all and thank you to all who are able to help. Merry Christmas. DYFLID
The basic command line commands you will want to know are cp, ls, cd, mv, rm, and most importantly: man.
To get help on a command type: "man command_you_want_help_about" This will tell you all about the command.
You sound a little more lost than you should be. Are you running x-windows, (do you have windows and a desktop and icons) or are you stuck in the text-based command line? If you are still stuck in the command line, try typing "startx". This should bring up KDE or gnome (I don't know what the default is) and that should be more familiar to you.
If you have more specific questions, I'm better at answering those.
If you are in KDE or gnome, things should be a lot like in windows. There will be a foot or a large 'k' or somthing like that in the lower left corner, just like the start menu. Just click on it to get a menu of installed software. It really is pretty much the same.
The fact that you are so lost makes me think you are stuck in the console or in some odd and unfamiliar window manager or somthing. Your post doesn't really give many details about what your computing environment looks like, so It's hard to help you. Do you see any windows? What do they look like? Do you see any Icons? What do they look like? Is there a taskbar at the bottom? What do the buttons look like? Etc, etc. Give us lots of details and we can help you better.
Yes there is a desktop with icons, Home, Mandrake Campus, Expert, News, ControlCenter, Software Manager, CD-ROM, Floppy, Zip, Internet,XKill and Trash. Also ther is the "K" in the lower bottom lefthand corner. I have a large amount of home movies and pictures that I would like to be able to see. I am not able to do that because of lack of knowledge. Are there any programs that would let me do that, that are not too indepth. I know that there is. Just dont know how to use them just yet. Thank you for such a quick reply. I hope that this information helps.
I'm not sure what software comes with mandrake (I use Gentoo), but some programs should be similar to both.
I use 'gqview' to view all my images. You might be able to find it in the K-menu. If not, open a console window K->System->Konsole (Terminal Program), and in the terminal, type in 'gqview'. You should be able to brows around with that to find your pictures. I use gmplayer for playing movies, but there are some other good players out there as well. I guess you should google for them.
The best advice I have for you is to play around with the software. Try out the text editors in K->Editors, try out the players in K->Multimedia. Just poke around, and you'll get it.
Also, are the pictures you want to look at on a CD? Or are you running a dual-boot (both windows and linux) setup with your pictures on the windows side?