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Old 04-11-2004, 09:07 PM   #1
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Post Install and currently working info....

I'm new to linux as so many others are I'm sure, and most of my experience lies from working on a Sun computer. Recently I've installed a dual boot on my laptop with no trouble, and have my wireless card up and working fine. I'm running RedHat 9, 'just out of the box' so to speak.

I am curious as to what upgrades, tools, and useful information I need to consider, or know about. I've been looking around and havn't seen the information I would like.

For general linux, I'm curious as to if I need to actually upgrade my kernel, and any KEY things I need to check and change right after installing.

If anyone has any info about networking tools (besides iwconfig) that are very necessary to be used all the time.

And any general info, links, or commands I should research, I'd love to know about it.

Old 04-11-2004, 10:42 PM   #2
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if your hardware is working fine then most likely, no you wont need to upgrade your kernel, however 2.6 has a vast advantage over 2.4, it will handle multimedia and desktop loads much better than 2.4 and handles networking a bit more efficiently (quite a bit actually) as well it is always nice to know how to upgrade your kernel and something you will probably run into someday, if your familiar with SUN computers then I doubt compiling your kernel will hold too much difficulty for you so I urge you to try it especially since in the end you can free up a lot of memory at the same time by streamlining your kernel to fit your hardware, that said I also suggest you try gentoo after youve gotten your feet wet in linux, its package management is excellent quite similar to BSD ports and youll find yourself learning loads about linux at what I would guess to be just your level


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