2- GAIM doesn't work. It keeps saying something about authorization do I have to enter always as root?
More clearly, you have to add an account on to gaim, pick a protocol(plugin) for whatever service you want ie. msn, yahoo, screen name is username ie. email@example.com
if its not working right still, try www.sourceforge.net
and get a newer version, if you use msn, look for amsn its pretty good.
3- where can I get WINE? I cant download it from the main page. Is it really neccesary on RH9?
also its on the redhat cd well rh8 anyways, lookfor the package selector/installer in the start menu.
4-not so important, but can I play Half-Life (and mods) on linux?
You can play games ported to linux ie americasarmy, quake.
5- I cant find drivers for my ATI Radeon 9100
yes you can get them ati has them on the web site there are also generic all in one drivers you can get called firegl drivers which work with it at
has to be for your version of x windows --- find that by X -showconfig at terminal capital X. Read the documentation and back up your /etc/X11/XFree86.config file ie. copy it and rename it cause if you mess the install up you wont be able us the gui, things to know write em down
how to move and copy files at command line
startx -starts display
grubby - fixes bootloader
rpm -e uninstalls rpms
rpms are good kinda like windows setup.exe