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Old 03-30-2003, 02:06 AM   #1
SnowSurfAir
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Once I get Linux should I get books on how to do stuff on Linux or dive right in and see if I can get help from linuxQuestions.org?
 
Old 03-30-2003, 02:34 AM   #2
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You should dive right into reading about linux before you even install it so that your installation will go as planned. You will have to do a lot of reading unless you are a computer genius. Linux requires much more hands on work and knowledge of file systems to make things works. It will not be click n play like windows. The newer distros are much more user friendly, but the file name/locations and handling will seem foreign for a while. It makes extensive use of tar.gz files, rpms (redhat package manager files), a myriad of desktop environments, like KDE, gnome, windowmaker, fluxbox, to name a few. It is like a different world, but a very rewarding one. Learning linux is learning computing and much of it contributes to your overall understanding of computing regardless of the OS.

Read up on the installation procedure before installing, particularly the matters concerning partitioning and bootloading if you plan to dual boot. Redhat and Mandrake are pretty painless in this regard if you stick with a FAT32 partition for windows. I would avoid NTFS for windows as it more difficult to set up to dual boot with linux. Good luck and welcome to the world of Linux!
 
Old 03-30-2003, 02:36 AM   #3
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Looks like you've already answered that question.

Seriously - I'd recommend a book or few and plenty of surfing just to get a general overview, but you can mix it in with forum participation. There's no real rule on that sort of thing.

But why post if you don't have Linux yet? Maybe you won't have any problems at all. *tries to keep a straight face*

No, seriously - always check your man pages, info pages, do web searches, then ask questions. It isn't like you have to read everything in the universe before you can post constantly or like you should dive in posting things you could easily answer for yourself and then read everything later.

Encounter problem; do research; solve. Or encounter problem; do research; fail; come ask for help; get help; solve.
 
Old 03-30-2003, 04:57 PM   #4
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Ok Thanks!
 
  


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