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Old 07-10-2009, 02:46 PM   #1
marshall8151
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Newbie introduction


Hi All

just an introduction I am from Lancashire England and retired
I am fairly used to the usual OS but Linux is baffling to me I hope to learn alot from this forum. I have only been viewing for a short while and have aready learned some important facts

It is a briiant resource and i feel sure one could hardly stop learning the size of the site

congratulations on a terrific forum

Regards
marshall
 
Old 07-10-2009, 03:07 PM   #2
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Hello Marshall and welcome to LQ. If you had to identify the thing that is baffling you the most about Linux, what would it be?

Last edited by esteeven; 07-10-2009 at 03:08 PM. Reason: ahhhhh! Linpus........missed that bit. I have removed my "which distro" question:)
 
Old 07-10-2009, 03:37 PM   #3
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Hi Marshall!

I'm newly registered here as well! I've been browsing the forums casually over the years, but it definitely is one of the best communities for linux.

Shawn
 
Old 07-10-2009, 06:29 PM   #4
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Hi marshall8151 and apt-shawn,

I'm quite new to Linux/BSDs as well. There are lots of online tutorials, you can probably find some by searching this site. I have a book that I'm quite fond of for beginners, I've found it very handy, but that can depend on where your starting from. If you've been sys admins for years it may be too basic. "Visual Quickstart Unix third edition", although there is a brand new 4 edition out now that I think I'll pick up soon.

Good luck with endeavors and enjoy.

John
 
Old 07-10-2009, 09:33 PM   #5
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Greetings and welcome to the world of Linux!

If you really want to learn about Linux, try Slackware. You'll spend some time tearing your hear out and do lots of reading READMEs and asking question, but you'll be rewarded with a stable, fast OS that is nigh-bullet-proof.

If you just want to run Linux, go with Ubuntu or one of the 'easier' distros: You won't learn as much, but the frustration level is much lower.

My $0.02,
Stu...
 
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mind me moving your thread to the Introductions forum :}



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Old 07-11-2009, 03:40 AM   #7
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Unhappy the most baffling at the moment

Quote:
Originally Posted by marshall8151 View Post
Hi All

just an introduction I am from Lancashire England and retired
I am fairly used to the usual OS but Linux is baffling to me I hope to learn alot from this forum. I have only been viewing for a short while and have aready learned some important facts

It is a briiant resource and i feel sure one could hardly stop learning the size of the site

congratulations on a terrific forum

Regards
marshall

i have tried to open an .EXE without succes so downloaded synaptic but can,t make any sense of it. I seem to be lacking the most basic skills

I think I need a simple guide by numbers without linux jargen

for instance I have synaptic downloaded and extracted Ithink.

But I cant seem to do anything with it.
i believe i should get wine but how are the two linked? and is there a best version number to download?

what happens when "if" i can install wine?

A simple guide woulld be great, if possible

thanks
 
Old 07-11-2009, 04:36 AM   #8
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What do you want to install : what is the .exe? You are correct to say that you need wine to run a Windows program. Wine allows you to install some (quite a lot) of Windows software on a Linux box without problems. It might be that there is a Linux alternative to the .exe. So......name your software

I also have an Acer Aspire netbook (an AOA 110) but I removed the default Linux without hesitation. I installed Ubuntu and everything just works. Stureedy's suggestion also makes sense but a lot more effort is involved. Everything will work!

Browsing this site http://www.aspireoneuser.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=17 before deciding anything will help.

http://linuxandfriends.com/2008/09/1...-linpus-linux/

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...stions-663316/

Google search "add software linpus"

Good luck!
 
Old 07-11-2009, 06:50 AM   #9
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What do you want to install : what is the .exe? You are correct to say that you need wine to run a Windows program. Wine allows you to install some (quite a lot) of Windows software on a Linux box without problems. It might be that there is a Linux alternative to the .exe. So......name your software

I also have an Acer Aspire netbook (an AOA 110) but I removed the default Linux without hesitation. I installed Ubuntu and everything just works. Stureedy's suggestion also makes sense but a lot more effort is involved. Everything will work!

Browsing this site http://www.aspireoneuser.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=17 before deciding anything will help.

http://linuxandfriends.com/2008/09/1...-linpus-linux/

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...stions-663316/

Google search "add software linpus"

Good luck!
hi esteeven

I would like to install

partition magic


magicdisc for iso making and mounting

autorout 7

system suite7



and several small programs

are there any linux alternatives
 
  


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