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Old 10-05-2007, 01:15 AM   #1
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Hey All,

The subject says it all! My dad was a huge Linux fan, even tho he always seemed to have "fun" installing Linux, he loved it. Not looking for sympathy, however he passed away last Tuesday, and he wanted me to have his desktop. His desktop is 100% Linux, and as I am still not even close to being an amateur in all things Linux, I do want to get to know it, as well as making the desktop a dual-boot system. I know the option screen that comes up on the machine is ALL Suse 10.2; all legitimate expertise in assisting me is greatly appreciated.

I am pretty sure he may have utilized these forums as well, I just have no idea what his username would have been.

Again, my thanks to any assistance you can provide to this barely rookie in Linux.


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Old 10-05-2007, 02:27 AM   #2
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I'd say start with a nice beginner's guide to SuSE and experiment.

Old 10-05-2007, 05:21 AM   #3
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Hi Doug,
Sorry about your dad passing. As for your question, there are several podcasts out there that can give you a lot of insight on the workings of Linux. The best one that I could recommend is LINUXREALITY.

Chess is fantastic at breaking things down for the user and does it with ease. There are also listener tips in the show that are very helpful.
I'm sure once you get the hang of it, you will appreciate what your dad has given you and hopefully you too will share Linux with your peers. Enjoy and have fun....

Old 10-11-2007, 05:22 AM   #4
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Thank You, gonzojd7, for your guidance and sympathies!

I do wish I'd known my dads' user name here. I know he was enthralled with Linux and even though I feel overwhelmed by Linux at this point; I will keep the desktop Linux based, no matter what. It seems my dad may have been on the leading edge with Linux and what he wanted to do. However I haven't found anything yet to let me know what that may have been. Time and persistence will show!

Old 10-11-2007, 05:33 AM   #5
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I do wish I'd known my dads' user name here.
Hi dleewerts, sorry to hear of your dads passing.
Check the link in my signature, there is some great reading material within the link, not just Slackware based information but Linux in general.
Old 10-11-2007, 07:44 AM   #6
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It's been 12 years now since my dad died. The passing of time helps heal the grief, but I still miss him.

There are a few caveats about making a dual-boot system, especially with Linux installed first. If you install XP after Linux, it will not recognize your boot sector and overwrite it. It's recoverable, but you will probably need to get some help to do it. Most dual-booters install Windows first because the Linux installers are smart enough to look for other operating systems and honor their presence.

I don't know about Windows Vista, but I think I have heard about some horror stories trying to get Vista and Linux to co-operate with each other.

If you already have another Windows system, I would just network the two systems together with each one dedicated to its own OS. That's what I did when I first started, and I found that my Windows usage diminished down to 0% over time. I don't remember ever making "the switch", but I don't even have a Windows box at home any more.


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