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Old 07-13-2003, 09:19 PM   #1
Enigmacomp
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Talking Im starting


Im finally starting to join the Linux band wagon. I finally got RH9 installed through a virtual pc today. I didnt want to take it the whole way and im not sure i wanted to dual boot. I am just starting off in there so i would apperciate any addvice that yall can give me. I think once i become well versed im gonna make a complete switch. Im happy so far, much different than windows so far but im making it. I have installed one program and ran it but im still learing.

Eric

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Old 07-13-2003, 09:30 PM   #2
DrOzz
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well all i have to say i hope you don't get frustrated and not give linux a chance and go back to the dummy-proof world of windoze. of course you'll have bad days and hopefully many good days, but you have to remember that its different and you have to read to learn...
just don't give up and stick with it, and i'm sure you'll have a great ride :P
 
Old 07-15-2003, 01:08 AM   #3
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Re: Im starting

Quote:
Originally posted by Enigmacomp
I think once i become well versed im gonna make a complete switch.
Eric
Congratulations on seeing the light. As far as making a 'complete switch', if that means wiping out Windows entirely, I wouldn't do it. It is always handy to be able to boot to Windows if something becomes seriously wrong on your Linux install and you need to dial up Google or linuxquestions.org.

Just the other day, I needed to obtain DMA addresses for a sound card. Every advice I got on-line said to boot windows and get the numbers there. There may have been a way to get them in Linux, but I never found any answer except look it up under windows. Windows is good for obtaining hardware info, or for assurance that the freaking card works at all after you have struggled for three days trying to get it to work under Linux and are wondering if it's a hardware problem.

Don't get me wrong... I'm never paying another dime to Microsoft, but I find having the option to boot to my old Windows 98 handy.
 
Old 07-15-2003, 07:32 PM   #4
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Re: Re: Im starting

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Originally posted by jlangelier
Windows is good for obtaining hardware info, or for assurance that the freaking card works at all after you have struggled for three days trying to get it to work under Linux and are wondering if it's a hardware problem.
i couldnt agree more.

I spent a few days assuming my headphones malfunctioning on linux, then i tried it in windoze, and they still didnt work! turns out it was a simple harware problem. I plugged the power cable back into the audigy drive bay card, and i was back in business.
 
Old 07-22-2003, 05:58 PM   #5
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Hi EnigmaComp

When you're more comfortable consider a Dual-boot

Red Hat 9 can dual-boot nicely with Windows 98se, 2000 or XP amongst others.

It can also dual-boot easily with other Linux distributions so there's lots to look forward to.
 
  


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