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Old 12-13-2003, 09:54 PM   #1
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give me something random to do

hey guys

now that i have learned how to setup and install linux,

i need something to do lol

so if anyone can just give me something to do in linux to help me learn or get me more comfortable that would be great

thanks guys
Old 12-13-2003, 10:22 PM   #2
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Well, since you're using Red Hat, I have a few mini "missions" for you:
(each one is a little harder than the last)

1) Read through and decide whether or not you still want to run Red Hat 9

2) Retrieve and install the patch from to enable yourself to play mp3s in Red Hat. For an extra challenge, do all of this "mission" without your graphical web browser. Hint: Lynx or Links will be your friend for that :P

3) Install mplayer onto your computer, and get it to play movies right in your browser. Hint: you will need extra codecs.

4) Get a simple Windows program running in Wine. No restrictions on this one. A program such as Notepad would be suitable.

That should keep you hopping for a while!
Old 12-14-2003, 12:22 AM   #3
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thanks poprocks
Old 12-14-2003, 10:20 AM   #4
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Start learning and writing bash scripts or something. You can read the many bash howto's at or at other sites. It will help you learn to create scripts to make simple but tedious tasks a thing of the past, etc.
Old 12-14-2003, 06:29 PM   #5
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Set up a firewall with iptables without a GUI!
Old 12-14-2003, 07:16 PM   #6
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Have you compiled a kernel yet? That's an important thing to be able to do if not.
If so, have you tried upgrading to 2.6? I've not gotten around to that myself, but I plan on doing it once I get some extra tinkering time.

Do you have full mutimedia support under slack yet? Mplayer is nice once you get it up and going.

All these suggestions are for slack btw.

Have you checked out the Texstar and plf packages for Mandrake?


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