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Old 06-21-2005, 05:45 AM   #1
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Red face Hello LINUX :)


Hi, i am new on the forums and i am also a complete newbie with LINUX. I am having a few questions with hopes that you guys can help me resolve

So i am moving from Windows to Linux. My main use of the computer will be study, which involves AUTOCAD, Micro Station, Office. In addition to those, i will occasionally be surfing the web, use the computer for multimedia purposes and play some games on it

I have done some research before i make this threat. My choise if distro seems to be SuSE. So i looked around and found some huge confusing facts. There are WAYS too many different versions if SuSE. So far i have collected SuSE Personal, SuSE Proffessional, SuSE Live, Novel LINUX Desktop based on SuSE. This is the first problem. I have no idea which version to use. I am hoping to be able to use LINUX SuSE as the sole operation.

One of the main reasons i moved from windows to LINUX is the fact that windows has too many resource hogs. All these services and applets that run in the background just chew through my resources, and makes it unstable too. So when i move to LINUX i was hoping to find an OS which has similar practical use as Windows without too much complications. Minus all the applets running in the background of course.

So i was hoping someone can guide me to the right version, which will run fine, provide basic users needs but no additional stuffs (firewall, anti virus, email craps) because im planning to use 3rd party softwares for those purposes.

Cheers in advance.

PS. I thought LINUX was free, why is NOVELL selling it for 50bucks? o.O
 
Old 06-21-2005, 06:23 AM   #2
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Re: Hello LINUX :)

suse pro 9.3 should do you just fine... it's received great reviews...

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I thought LINUX was free, why is NOVELL selling it for 50bucks? o.O
because it's free as in FREEDOM...
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"Free software" is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of "free" as in "free speech", not as in "free beer".
http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html

 
Old 06-21-2005, 06:40 AM   #3
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lol... I have no input for you, I'm sorry. And hopefully i dont get in trouble for this, im new to this board, but when you said

I have done some research before i make this threat.

I sincerely laughed. not at you. not at all. it just sounds funny. "before i make this threat' lolol cool beans.
 
Old 06-21-2005, 07:21 AM   #4
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thanks for the clarification win32sux.

newbsabott, i dont see the fun factor u found in it. i had a look around before posting to make sure it isnt a complete waste of time for others to read and a spam to the forums board. I would say it was properly done both for my sake and for the forums community.

anyway, i was planning to install SuSE on my old laptop to experiment before i start moving to my desktop. Would a Toshiba Sattelite Pro 480CDT be able to run SuSE 9.3 Pro? (233mhzz 64MB ram, 4gb HDD)
 
Old 06-21-2005, 07:24 AM   #5
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Your laptop is way too old to run successfully that mastodon that SuSE is. You could successfully run a Slackware or Debian there, but it wouldn't be friendly for a newbie.

I also would recommend to look if there is CAD software that suits your needs on Linux. Office and multimedia is no problem, games... well, it depends what kind of games do you play (I'm OK with MAME, but if you play 3d things you'll be a bit in a trouble, you can look for CEDEGA -a program to play windows games on linux- on Google anyway and look if it suits your needs). I don't know what Micro Station is, so please tell me about it so I will try to look if there's a Linux replacement.

Good luck and don't fear the penguin!
 
Old 06-21-2005, 08:00 AM   #6
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newbsabott, i dont see the fun factor u found in it. i had a look around before posting to make sure it isnt a complete waste of time for others to read and a spam to the forums board. I would say it was properly done both for my sake and for the forums community.
i don't think he was laughing at your post, i think he was laughing specifically at the misspelled word "threat" and how it consequently made that sentence sound... honestly it brought a smile to my face also when i read that part of your post...
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I have done some research before i make this threat.
anyways, yeah, with hardware specs like that you can forget about using the KDE or GNOME desktop environments...

your best bet is a light window manager such as XFCE: http://www.xfce.org/

or icewm: http://www.icewm.org/

or fluxbox: http://fluxbox.sourceforge.net/

i don't know if suse includes packages for those, but if it doesn't i'm pretty sure mandriva does... you might wanna give it a shot...


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Old 06-21-2005, 08:09 AM   #7
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i know, the laptop is ancient but believe it or not im running XP on it, bit slow tho. When i looked around, AUTOCAD seems to be able to run on linux, MicroStation is a program that is pretty much like AUTOCAD but is more widely used by engineers. The link is below:

http://www.bentley.com/en-US/Products/MicroStation/
 
Old 06-21-2005, 01:33 PM   #8
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the laptop is ancient but believe it or not im running XP on it, bit slow tho
this doesn't change the fact that running SuSE -the slowest and heaviest linux distro, by the way- will be painfully slow, if it runs at all. almost unusable IMHO. you'll run in swap hell very easily.

I love to run Linux on old machines with pretty similar specs (from 32 to 128 mb ram, from 150 to 266 MHz) and I have a bit of experience, so trust me when I tell you SuSE won't be a pleasant experience on that machine.

I'd recommend VectorLinux for that machine.
 
Old 06-21-2005, 03:56 PM   #9
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http://www.grangefarm.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/480cdt.html - Debian seems to work and, I'd venture, so would Slackware.

www.linux-laptop.net for your laptop/Linux needs
 
Old 06-22-2005, 07:32 AM   #10
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Thanks for the recommendation cyclop. Im gonna try VectorLinux on the laptop. How many patritions should i have? i was thinking 3. One for root, one for home and one for swap. What kind of partition should i have (FAT32,Linux Ext2,3)? And how larger per partition, the laptop has a 3.2Gb HDD.

Thanks in advance
 
Old 06-22-2005, 07:45 AM   #11
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Partitioning

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Thanks for the recommendation cyclop. Im gonna try VectorLinux on the laptop. How many patritions should i have? i was thinking 3. One for root, one for home and one for swap. What kind of partition should i have (FAT32,Linux Ext2,3)? And how larger per partition, the laptop has a 3.2Gb HDD.
That sounds OK.
I'd go with something like 1Gb / , 200Mb swap and the rest for /home. As of filesystems, I happily use ReiserFS (3) and had no crash or data loss and it's fast too. But if distro of your choise does not support it, then I'd go with good old ext3 or even ext2 on that HD.

Hope this helps !
 
  


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