Originally Posted by rubyyarn
I couldn't tell if you were talking to me or to the original poster. I am a clueless newbie to Linux and have done well to install Mint to my system. You talk as if I plan to create an operating system from scratch or at least go into the guts of Mint and mess around. I would love to be that good with Linux! Maybe someday...but today is not that day
Right now I need to learn enough to be able to understand answers in this and other forums. I also don't want to damage the system I've got.
To make use of your suggestions, I would probably need to dedicate a separate computer to 'compiling' and 'virtual systems' and these other strange new terms.
When you refer to a 'major distribution', do you mean Debian or one of those? I take it that Mint is a 'minor distribution'?
Hi, no that was a response to the first question. Also for major distributions I was including Mint and all other debian-based distributions as well as all fedora based distributions. I really should have said 'Automatically configured' distributions. Mint has a lot of automation that happens when you boot it up to make things simpler for you. In my reply to Ribo01 I meant that all those little extra gizmos and wheels that come with the automatically configured distributions (such as Mint) -- all those little extra gizmos and wheels are great but not for learning about configuration files. Rib01 wants to learn system administration, which is something that involves learning about the configuration files which are text files written with a particular format and contain technical information for linux to use. By the way from what I hear about Mint its definitely a good distribution for desktops and laptops.
To clarify myself, instead of 'Major or minor' I was trying to talk about automatically configured distributions. Mint is definitely one of the major distributions, because it has its own groups of developers and forums. Lots of people prefer it right now. Its not a parent distribution, but it is not 'Minor'. It is not minor, and there are actually no 'Minor' distributions in technical talk. Mint is a major distribution despite that it is always derived or piggy-backed from other distributions -- two layers deep actually. Mint is always a derivative copy of the most recent Ubunto distribution slightly modified, and Ubunto is always a modified copy of another distribution called the Debian distribution. Mint is a major distribution that inherits features from Ubunto which inherits features from Debian. You could call it Debian or Ubunto or Mint, because it is more or less all three.