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Old 02-18-2004, 09:24 AM   #1
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3 Newbie questions

hello all,
i'm a total newbie running rh9 (for just about a week) and would like to do the following...

1) what is the linux equivalent of "buttons" on the "taskbar" and "shortcuts" on the "desktop", and how do i create them?

2) should i get that redhat for dummies book to answer these kinds of questions? :-) ... well, i could just browse this forum (w/c is great!).

3) i created a separate vfat partition for me to share files between windows and rh... my machine dual boots, ha! . i played with /etc/fstab and was able to automatically mount it everytime rh starts. now is it possible to "map" the /home/myid of all users to this partition. basically, /home/me points to this share partition; /home/mywife also points to this share partition; etc...etc... is this possible?

4) the only reason i still have windows is because of adobe premier + all the video editing goodies and the videocam feature of yahoo! messenger. would you know of linux counterparts.

thanks in advance!

this is a great forum and you'll probably see my name a lot along with my questions. :-)
Old 02-18-2004, 09:36 AM   #2
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1) the equivalent is "buttons" on the "taskbar" and "shortcuts" on the "desktop"
and it depends what desktop environment you use, for me to tell you how to make them
but if you are new for just about a week then i do assume that you have KDE or GNOME running, and if you do then you should already have them shortcuts and icons, so in any case, right click and make new shortcut and icons

2) no i wouldn't recommend that ... but i am sure people will recommend some good books, but i will recommend the internet and practice

3) i dont' understand what your saying here, and if someone else does then they will answer ...

4) below is a list of premiere equivalents ...
1) iMira Editing.
2) Cinelerra.
3) MainActor.
4) Broadcast 2000.
5) Lives.
6) CinePaint.
7) Heroine Virtual.

taken from the "table of equivelents" which you will find the link to it in my sig below .

Last edited by DrOzz; 02-18-2004 at 09:38 AM.
Old 02-18-2004, 09:38 AM   #3
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1. I haven't run Redhat since 7.3, but you should be able to left click and drag a icon to a program, then link to for a shortcut. The RH desktop work like Windows except you single click instead of double click.

2. Skip the dummies books, I think they suck. Get yourself a copy of Redhat 9 Bible or some like that.

3. Not sure what you are asking.

4. Not sure about this. I do not use any of these features.
Old 02-18-2004, 12:02 PM   #4
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thanks all for the quick replies...

rh installed gnome i guess because it's its default. about the shortcuts, maybe
i'm just missing something. i believe i tried dragging, right-clicking and all.
like one of you said, i just need to practice.

actually, the more i think about question #3, the more i think it's probably not
possible. what i would like to have basically is something like what i have in windows
(pardon the analogy) where my wife and i share the same "My Documents" folder. yes,
we're open about everything. haha!

thanks for that list on video-editing software for linux. i hope to get to them
soon. i have yet to even learn how to install programs. haha! :-D

thanks all!
Old 02-18-2004, 04:30 PM   #5
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perhaps I'm misunderstanding something - but a mountpoint appears to the user as just another directory - ie, if you have /mnt/windoze, any user could access it just as they could any other directory provided permissions were set properly

the RH docs have a very simple guide to permissions:

and browse around in the 'docs' section of their site regarding your question #2. also check out these great sources:

good luck

Old 02-20-2004, 11:54 AM   #6
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3. If you want the same home directories, you could just use the same username. I wouldn't recommend you use a FAT32 directory as your home directory because you're bound to get permission problems somewhere along the line. I would recommend something like this in your fstab:
/dev/hdb1     /mnt/fat   vfat     umask=000,rw    0     0
and then to symlink this directory to a location in everyone's home dirs. Something like this will do it for one user:
ln -s /mnt/fat ~/data
Make sure you do that when logged in as that user. If you are root, this will work:
ln -s /mnt/fat /home/username/data
chown username:usergroup /home/username/data
Where usergroup is the primary group of the user (probably the same as the username, especially if you selected the rh defaults)
Then you will be able to share the directory, whilst keeping all of your own settings (eg look and feel of the desktop etc.). Plus you can use all of the documents in windows.
Old 02-20-2004, 11:03 PM   #7
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umask=000 worked!!! thanks all!
i think i'll stick with just having it as a mounted partition.


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