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Old 08-26-2003, 01:24 AM   #16
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redhat 9 needs a plugin to play mp3's
check out

scroll button on mice
there are instructions on this site

avi and mpeg support has to be added
check out this site

dont hold your breath over the linux real player

i'm starting to find mandrake a little too easy to get sorted
Old 08-26-2003, 03:48 AM   #17
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The best advice i can give is to read read read. Get a book, read the web, it's all there, I've been on a year now, and i'll never ever go back , linux runs my server, not my desktops as i play many of the later games. And the support is'nt quite there yet. But for adsl, sharing, ftp, webserving, file sharing, all the important stuff, linux CANNOT be topped. My machines been on 6 months now, no crashes, no dumps. WOW. It was tough yes, but so satisfying. And the logfiles and monitors are a dream. Try doing that with a M$ box without Ģ1000 of extra software.

Keep trucking dood, well worth the payoff at the end of it
Old 08-26-2003, 06:04 AM   #18
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I had linux for about 6 months now, and yes itīs frustrating at times, but after a while when you get over the initial bumping around in the dark, you may start to really enjoy what linux offers.

Yes lots of reading and researching is involved, but one day it will reward you
Old 08-26-2003, 08:39 AM   #19
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I started out with Redhat 7.3 back in December '02 and had issues (seems I screwed around with too much stuff =) ). I promptly downloaded and installed FreeBSD 4.7 which actually taught me a lot about the command line.

Having played with that I came back to Linux due to programs I wanted to run. I played with RH8 and Mandrake 8 for awhile but they still seemed too bloated for me.

That's when i settled on Slackware. Don't let anyone tell you Slackware's difficult. If you can read and follow directions Slackware is probably the easiest distro around.

If you're fed up with Linux and wondering why you would want to learn all of this when Windows is so easy, ask yourself how long it took you to learn to use Windows properly...
Old 08-26-2003, 09:56 AM   #20
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Hang in there. I cut my teeth on Windows as well, and while I find enought about Linux to gripe about, I still enjoy the challenge that Windows just no longer brings. Hang out here, post questions, contribute answers when you can, and as others have said, use it as much as you can. If nothing else, dig the fact that you have an open source alternative with a genunine following.


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