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Old 06-26-2004, 03:33 AM   #1
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HELP!!! Incredibly Lost with xfree86, gnome, and all this stuff

Hi everyone, I couldn't find any generic help message so I'm just posting my own. i've read several web pages on this but I can't seem to find an answer.

I'm TOTALLY lost. I've been a windows user all my life, and I just got a cheap computer and tried to install Linux on it. I have RedHat 6.0. I installed everything fine, and I remember when i typed "startx" (Xwindows i'm assuming), I got Gnome. And before the whole thing loaded up, there was a small status bar for a few seconds that mentioned the word "Englightenment."

I have NOOOOOOOOOO idea what any of these things are. There is an onboard ATI Rage II video card on this machine, and there's also a 3com network card (also onboard). While installing, i tried to "probe" each of the 3com drivers and none of them found anything.

Next, I read something about XFree86. Someone tell me WHAT THE HECK this is! The first time, I just installed it, and just chose Yes (over my very new redhat6.0 installation) for every question. Xwindows wouldn't load because of a font problem, or no screens or something, and infact, Linux wouldn't even boot. It'd hang trying to load the Xfont server. So I reformatted again, installed RedHat6.0, and then tried to install XFree86, but this time choosing NO to any font related things. I restarted the computer, and it worked. BUt when I got to the prompt and typed "STARTX" I got a wierd Xwindows. It wasn't as neat and colorful and graphical as the Gnome was. It was plain. 2 black xterm windows, one big white one and an analog clock in the corner. What happened? What do I do? Somebody PLEASE help! I'm SOOO Lost!

Lastly. Linux never detected my network card. How do you install this stupid thing? lspci doesn't find anything, and it's not ISA either. Sorry, I've been a windows person all my life. Isn't there something to the equivalent of "Add New Hardware" or "Install Drivers" or something like that?

I've used UNIX before, but nothing like webserving. I know how to do the basic file management stuff. Thanks for any help.

Old 06-26-2004, 08:12 AM   #2
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Well seems like you are trying an old distro. It is better to switch to new Distro like RedHat 9.0
or Fedora 2 . They support old as well as new hardware and are user friendly than the previous one . Your network card and all hardware will be autotomatic detected.
And yes there is no such thing as add hardware or new driver at least not in RedHat 6.0.


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