I have a suggestion for a new forum, I don't know if there would be a need. If there is already one like this could someone point me in the right direction.
I originally dual booted my machine and tried Red Hat 9. Then in April 2005, I dual booted with Fedora Core 2 and used that as my working system.
March 2006 tried Suse 10.0, should have been a multiboot with Fedora, but the Fedora got lost.
August 2007 newly installed DVD writer and 160 gb hard drive.
So I can't call myself a newbie anymore. As a newbie I wanted to install get the machine running so I could carry on with my normal life (sending emails, browsing the net). My questions were about getting my modem working, how to partition my harddrive. How to back up my data. I had many sleepless nights worry about security and the fact that I did not have any virus protection. Where was my internet security? Shell/console did my head in, so I found every way I could to do things in GUI.
Just over twos years on I no longer have these questions. In my office where windows rules, if anyone has a computer questions they ask me (God only knows why) and I have just upgraded from Windows 98 to Windows XP. (Keep the windows because my kodak camera does .mov files and for my p2p) So I must be better at computers now than two years ago.
But Linux still gives me a headache and I reread over and over again articles and they do not make sense, it is like reading a different language. I know I can get this though, because I have come so far. Quite often procedures seem simple, until they go wrong. Prime example being the distrasous boot with Fedora and most recently not copying my home directory correctly.
I need to have my machine working with the information safe, I need to beable to get online and discuss problems with the linux community when I am working through stuff. I have to also continue with my normal busy life.
My example is I want to multiboot my machine so I can try out several other distributions. After my distsarous attempt with Fedora and Suse, I really want to know that I understand what I am doing. I have read loads of stuff on multibooting, member Saikee comes to mind. And it is all Greek.
I don't understand, because I really don't have the basics. Like what is a Master Boot Record? What is it's relationship to /boot? What is chainloading? If you use cp -a to copy your home directory to another drive, will you beable to copy it straight back? How does cp compare to tar. When people talk about copying why do they start mentioning /etc/fstab? I read the man pages, but you don't often get examples with working explanations.
I thought I understood disk partitioning (apparently enough to install), but I left a 100 gb of unpartitioned free space on my machine, which I now can't work out how to partition without doing the whole drive. I want to really understand about primary partitions and extended partitions. I want to know what mounting a drive really means.
I think when I have answers to this and other questions and been able to ask WHY, 20 times like a child does. I may actually beable to understand what I am doing when I follow the multiboot instructions. I'll beable to keep my home directory safe during a fresh install and save myself, four days work (not to mention stress due to not being online).
So this forum or sub-forum suggestion, would be the place to discuss cp and tar to the nth degree with examples. Once I understood that, I could then go to the Suse forum and say in YaST there is system backup. How is that different to cp and tar.
To discuss partitions and free space. It would be the place to direct people to good online information sources (quite often if you don't put the right words into google you can't find stuff). It would be okay to come back from those places and discuss it further until you really understood. It might even have a spin off of giving authors feedback on how to make the information more readable/understandable.
If this is not a viable forum idea. Where should I post this and other questions. Would it be newbie or general? Maybe a sub-forum so they don't get lost in all the other questions.
Not sure what you would call it either.