Linux - NewbieThis Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question?
If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org, a friendly and active Linux Community.
You are currently viewing LQ as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, receive our newsletter, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many other special features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today!
Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in.
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us. If you need to reset your password, click here.
Having a problem logging in? Please visit this page to clear all LQ-related cookies.
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
Click Here to receive this Complete Guide absolutely free.
I seem to have solved the basic problems I had when installing Mandrake Linux 9.1, but the first few times I had system crashes which took down everything and destroyed the boot capability of the HD (not even booting from floppy would give me access to the original system anymore). As it seems, a re-install was the only option.
Just in case something like this happens again: what do I need to know about backups? More precisely, what files and directories should I backup and what else do I need to do to get something resembling a Windows rescue disk? Preferably I'd get something with which to re-install the boot block (something like sys c: under DOS/Windows), and directories which I'd simply play back from a CD - if that's at all possible.
The Mandrake Backup utility saves the /etc directory and the user files, but nothing more (unless I specify other directories, but which?), and furthermore it doesn't work with my CD recorder (seeks media eternally) even though K3B works perfectly. I could use K3B for backups, but of course I need to know what to backup at all.
Can anybody give me a reasonably detailed list and howto (or point to an existing one)?