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Old 10-25-2005, 03:03 AM   #1
kosh79
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fedora core 4 questions on laptop


i am a windows user learning linux. i've messed around with a lot of live distros in the past 2 years and used to run redhat on an old laptop and run mandrake 10.1 as well. both at separate times thou not dual.which was on my old toshiba portege 3480ct which i no longer have.

I now have an IBM Thinkpad T30 1.6ghz,512mb,30gb hd,interigated lan 11b,dvdrom.

I've gotten rid of windows and installed Fedora Core 4. I've made sure the kernel is updated and a few selected packages i updated too.by clicking on the blue icon in taskbar.
I do however have some questions.

what command/shortcut is task manager to stop/close frozen applications under linux such as windows has alt ctrl delete function.

where abouts would i find the man pages on fedora?

how do i install rpm and tar files and where do they install to afterwards?
Do they end up in the main menu under All Applications?

Does Fedora Core 4 have wine in it under kde desktop.(as i need my camera phone software to be run and wireless card software too)

In KDE Control Centre under system Admin, i noticed it has IBM Thinkpad Laptop
Now if i click on it it's all grey and you cannot set Thinkpad button shortcuts.
And i do not understand what it says in how to go about setting it up.

Is there an application like dvd shrink for linux?

Also i made sure the firewall was setup with fedora core 4. But do i need a anti-virus or anti- spyware. i've been told by some that i don't and by others i do.

Is there any programs like Iradio for linux where i can record online audio streaming?

whats the best wifi wardrive apps for linux.my laptop has a cisco systems pci wireless lan adapter (11mbps not much thou 802.11b). or i have a 3com 11g card 3crwe154g72) i know they aren't much but not to bad for learning with for starters.

Recommended bit torrent program's for linux?

I no longer have the blue icon in the taskbar which i used to click on to check for update packages, where in Fedora would i go looking for it.

Does anyone else here have the same laptop as me? i am unsure on how to get the lan to work. i think it needs the ibm software which i don't have.

Appart from that everything is fine and running nice and smooth.
Any recommended tutorial links or books would be awesome.

Last edited by kosh79; 10-25-2005 at 03:20 AM.
 
Old 10-25-2005, 08:24 PM   #2
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hi i know im a n00b too but i also hav fedora 4 on a laptop and this is what i can answer:

1 -"what command/shortcut is task manager to stop/close frozen applications under linux "

- if i right click on upper(or lower) panel (like windows lower bar) you'll see there is a "+add to panel" option, in there u hav somewhere below a Force Quit item, add to your panel. Now anytime u got a blocked program u just click on that item and anywhere on the program u want to close. it should close immediatly (its kinda like stop task in windows, but only much better ^^)


3 - how do i install rpm and tar files and where do they install to afterwards?
Do they end up in the main menu under All Applications?

- rpm u usally just click on them tough u can do it by console. not sure where they go but they usually have installation properties, like in windows
the rpm is somewhat like an application installer that tells what file in the package goes where in the system. they can go to multiple folders i think, since the rpm tells everything (not sure it could access root folders without ur permission tough, but then again, u hav to be root to run the rpm). this also defines wether the app appears in aplications menu or not, again like windows installers, depending on what u are installing.
tar i dunno.


for most of software questions ive started exploring some apps myself, but ive worked it out by googling what i needed and finding what best suits me. most times there are rpms installers or u can google it and someone somewhere always (almost) releases the rpm u need. beware of rpm specifics tough, like distro kernel version and processor (i386, i586, i686 dual 64 bits etc) i advise u to get to know these things right at first.

i cant put links in posts yet so ill copy paste a small tutorial that ive found about this here in a few mins.
 
Old 10-25-2005, 08:41 PM   #3
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here's the toturial i was speaking about:

Which RPM

It is important to install exactly the same version of *Application* as the kernel you have installed. Below are some simple instructions to help you find the file you need.

in console:


cat /etc/redhat-release

and you will probably see one of the following responses:
Fedora Core release 1 (Yarrow)
Fedora Core release 2 (Tettnang)
Fedora Core release 3 (Heidelberg)
Fedora Core release 4 (Stentz)
Red Hat Linux release 9 (Shrike)
Red Hat Linux release 8.0 (Psyche)


Next find out your kernel version:

in console:

uname -r

You should see a response something like one of these:
2.4.18-3
2.4.18-17.7.x
2.4.22-1.2115.nptl
2.6.8-1.521

The version might also have one of the following suffixes:
smp
bigmem
hugemem
BOOT

//i hav no suffix, for example i know smp is for multiprocessor

Next find out what sort of processor you have. This command will ask which kernel rpm was installed for you.

If your version number had a suffix, then use it here, e.g. replace kernel with kernel-smp, or kernel-bigmem.

in console:

rpm -q --queryformat "%{ARCH}\n" kernel

Most people will have an i686 processor (a recent Pentium computer). Other options are athlon, i586 or i386.

//actually i have an athlon and my arch is i686 dunno why :s



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then usually a rpm filename already brings all this like for ex. appname-2.6.13-1.1532_FC4-2.1.23-0.rr.10.4.i686.rpm
still dunno what '2.1.23-0.rr.10.4.' stands for, it should be something with the app version and probably rpm version

PS: actually what matters here is that the application can be run in your specific computer, with ur specific OS and kernel. like some windows 98 apps cant be run on windows xp.

hope it helped ^^

sorry about the bad english

Last edited by TruthSeeker; 10-25-2005 at 08:48 PM.
 
Old 10-26-2005, 01:09 AM   #4
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Ah ok cool thankyou, this will keep me busy.

I really need a bit torrent client for linux.It sucks ABC bit torrent isn't for linux.


Quote:
I no longer have the blue icon in the taskbar which i used to click on to check for update packages, where in Fedora would i go looking for it.
It's cool I found it via clicking in the main menu under system tools i think and i dragged it to panel.


Last edited by kosh79; 10-26-2005 at 01:15 AM.
 
Old 11-05-2005, 03:36 PM   #5
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T30

I am bidding a IBM thinkpad t30 on eBay. I am running Linux on a desktop and a laptop. My laptop is getting old and slow. I am buying a new one which is the same model as yours. If I can get the bid on eBay. I'll install Fedora Core 4. I will let you know how things work out for my T30 if I can get it.
related links:
http://linux-laptop.net/hosted/fedoracore3-t30.html
http://dag.wieers.com/howto/thinkpad/t30/
 
Old 11-23-2005, 07:06 PM   #6
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I use Debian now.
 
Old 11-26-2005, 03:02 AM   #7
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I am running FC4 on a Dell Inspiron 4000 with a Intel P3 900 MHz Coppermine. This box stock except for: 512MB RAM upgrade; 40GB Hardrive. It has the ATI M3 Mobility video with 8MB RAM.
The FC4 (Stentz) has performed flawlessly so far.
BTW: This is dual-booter with Windows 2000 w/ SP4. I have one shared partition that is FAT32.
This is just a "closet" for items that both system can use. (.MP3, .WAV, .MOV...etc.)
This is not a gaming monster, but hell of a portable workstation.

"A High IQ is like driving a Jeep... it just gets you stuck farther from help."
 
Old 12-02-2005, 07:56 PM   #8
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T30

The thinkpad T30 works well except suspend to RAM and disk sometimes fail. Most of the hardware pieces can work after tweaks. T30 model does not like Fedora Core 4. I can't get the ethernet to work in the installation to do a net install.
Some useful links:
http://dqd.com/~mayoff/notes/thinkpad/dqdnavkeys/
http://www.columbia.edu/~em36/ubuntu...inkpadt42.html
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=75114&page=3
http://cpufreqd.sourceforge.net/manp...ufreqd.8.shtml
http://mnm.uib.es/gallir/cpudyn/
http://www.xs4all.nl/~bsamwel/laptop...tools/faq.html
 
  


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