Ok, so I have been a very active computer user for the last 12 years. I have grown from windows 3.1 to windows XP pro. I have been the family and friend computer technician for the past 10 years and can build pc's, network, webdesign, and some programming. But never have I touch a Solaris, UNIX, or Linux machine. So after rouding curiousity over a # of years and seeing as I have a bunch of cpu parts on hand at all times I built myself a little crappy CPU to play with LINUX. My goal is to eventually use this machine as my PHP/MYSQL server and my internet access machine.
So this is the computers specs
27 Gig WD Hardrive
D-Link DFE-530Tx+ NIC
14" Daytek monitor.
I have specified the monitor and the NIC for 2 reasons as you will see in a second.
Firstly I built the machine last week. The I read some linux pages and figured hey this should be fun. I downloaded KNOPPIX version 3.7 Live CD just so I could see linux in motion for the first time. This loaded fine but 2 things caused me frustration. When loading to the GUI it automatically set the resolution to 1024 x 768 which my second monitor doesn't support so to fix this I hooked it to my 21" montior. Ok so then I tried to get on the internet and it doesn't think it has a network card. Then because I had to keep switching monitors it was a pain to get help online.
So a scrapped the idea of KNOPPIX for now.
I moved onto DEBIAN which I never got installed as it kept freezing up during the install.
Now I just installed LBA which works great! Very slow but it works! The only thing is this one doesnt see my NETWORK card either. I am so lost at trying to trouble shoot on LINUX aswell.
This is where I could use community support.
What should I do. I think LBA is too powerful for my machine. Is there a version of LINUX that is easy for a NOOBIE? I mean I don't need a GUI if there is a version with good internet tutorials. This is hard stuff for a noobie.
I would love to learn all the commands, and how to set up things like my NIC etc...
Please help, should I find a different release of LINUX?