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Old 05-23-2001, 01:03 AM   #1
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i got red hat linux 6.2 to install, but i have to use a boot disk and it is not graphical like i was told it was... today is wedsday and i was told that i have to learn linux by monday for my job, we are getting in some linux servers for i-net and dsl... any and all help will be appriciated... honostly, after looking at it, i think i am screwed! i have windows me installed on my computer, and installed the gnome workstation if this helps...
Old 05-23-2001, 05:59 AM   #2
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In answer to your title: Yes. They can both work on the same machine. Normally (if you've installed Windows first), Linux will install something called LiLo (the LInux LOder). This will give you the option of booting into Windows or Linux.

If you can only boot into Linux using your Boot Floppy, do so. Read about LiLo (type man lilo or info lilo from the prompt). An important file to look at (if not edit) is the /etc/lilo.conf. It is fairly self explanitory, but you will have to run LiLo (just type lilo at the prompt) in order to affect any changes you make to this file.

The problem of booting into a graphical login: Try typing xconfigurator or maybe xf86config. When you installed Linux, you should have been given an option to configure 'X' (or X11, or X Window System), and possibly to load it on startup. As your system is at the moment, you may be able to type startx to get into the graphical portion of Linux. I suggest you run the above though.

Good luck - post back with results/more info.
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Learn Linux by Monday huh. Hope you are good at your job cause that is alot to learn in less than a week.
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U got a lot of reading to do, and Im sure ull get the basics. Operating servers aint basic, its hard work.

Ive lined up some overview stuff on securing Linux Id like u to read:

Good luck!
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If the install wasn't graphical there's a good chance it just couldn't figure out what was up with your graphics card...

As for LILO, since this is a test box (I guess) that you're just using to learn with, I would say just reinstall Linux, and make sure you pay attention to EVERY SINGLE little checkbox and option. Once you've installed it a million times it's easy, but it's easy to miss stuff when you're kinda new. There are options on how and where to install lilo, and whether or not you want to make a bootdisk (HINT: always make a boot disk). If it asks you where to put LILO, I actually, regardless of what else is on the disk, ALWAYS put it in the master boot record, though some will tell you horror stories about that.

GO TO BARNES&NOBLE MAN!! You need books. You need them now. If you mess with it enough by Monday you'll be surprised how much you can learn. Buckle down and by monday you'll easily have the basics (and beyond) down to a science.


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