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Old 06-10-2007, 11:29 PM   #1
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Question very new to linux and am very lost


OK I am new. My name is Mike and I am trying to learn more about Linux before I kick my current evil system to the curb. I am not and I emphasize NOT computer literate. OK I admit I am illiterate with a computer so HELP. I have a dell inspiron e1505. I am wanting to run a dual OS so I can try to learn Linux. I am a trucker so sadly I can't just go to the local community college and take a class. I rely on my computer though as a main way to keep in touch with my kids so I can't be without it. Any help on which system would be best is greatly appreciated. I rely on a PCX port for my internet connection but when you call Verizon they are clueless.
 
Old 06-11-2007, 12:03 AM   #2
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Well I recently installed ubuntu and it works very well, you can run it from a live cd so you donot have to format or dual boot, you just download and burn it, then put it in your cd and boot it and test it out play with it, you may be fine, if all is good u may drop windows all together.

Good Luck.
 
Old 06-11-2007, 12:32 AM   #3
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Could you provide more information on "PCX port". I could only find information on a pcx graphics file format.
 
Old 06-11-2007, 03:18 AM   #4
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I think he wasn't explaining it as he should, I was thinking he has a pci xpress card running his network connection and having linux support issues. Regardless if you run a live cd like ubuntu or suse or whatever, you can see if things work like u want to do and go from there, if they don't come back and start asking more question on the why, rather than the whole dual boot install and such.
 
Old 06-11-2007, 08:57 AM   #5
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I think he wasn't explaining it as he should, I was thinking he has a pci xpress card running his network connection and having linux support issues. Regardless if you run a live cd like ubuntu or suse or whatever, you can see if things work like u want to do and go from there, if they don't come back and start asking more question on the why, rather than the whole dual boot install and such.
yes I was refering to the pci xpress port. I shall download Ubuntu today and burn it to disk. I was thinking the 7.0( I think that is what I was eyeballing) So here goes the fun.
 
Old 06-11-2007, 09:06 AM   #6
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Well, considering this a laptop I'd think it's an EV-DO card you have there? I do not think there is any newbie-friendly solution available this time.
Verizon, EVDO & Linux
 
Old 06-11-2007, 10:34 AM   #7
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OK I admit I am illiterate with a computer so HELP. I have a dell inspiron e1505. I am wanting to run a dual OS so I can try to learn Linux.
FYI, I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop (quite similar, I believe, to the e1505) and was able to "pretty easily" install OpenSUSE 10.2 on it in a dual-boot configuration, though it did require some knowledge of how I wanted the hard drive to be set up, as well as some basic knowledge of how I wanted the laptop to connect to my wireless network. As another poster suggested, what you might want to do is first try a couple "Live CDs" so that you can first play with Linux without risking messing up your current system (which you can do quite easily if you're not familiar with how hard drive partitions are configured, how a "boot loader" works, etc...) Of course, if you aren't concerned with keeping your current system intact, then it becomes much easier

Good Luck!
 
Old 06-11-2007, 10:50 AM   #8
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Well, considering this a laptop I'd think it's an EV-DO card you have there? I do not think there is any newbie-friendly solution available this time.
Verizon, EVDO & Linux

Very NICE !!

I've been wondering if I could get the Verizon AirCard I picked up for the sales droids at work, to function on my Linux laptop as well.. I'll have to give this a go..
 
Old 06-11-2007, 01:37 PM   #9
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Air card never crossed my mind for some reason, but you never know it could work off the start on a live cd so its worth a shot. I found a link on how someone configured a similar card to.




http://www.linux.com/article.pl?sid=06/03/08/2138237
 
Old 06-11-2007, 01:46 PM   #10
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Air card never crossed my mind for some reason, but you never know it could work off the start on a live cd so its worth a shot. I found a link on how someone configured a similar card to.
http://www.linux.com/article.pl?sid=06/03/08/2138237
Eh?! Are you trying to be funny or you just don't read what previous posters have written?
 
Old 06-11-2007, 01:53 PM   #11
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My bad didnt realize that was a link above, oh well at lest the info is on here.
 
  


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