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Old 08-21-2001, 12:07 AM   #1
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Cool Newbie Basic linux questions???

1. I'm using caldera 2.4 with kde 1.? gui, is this cool, should i drop caldera and go with mandrake??/

2. What is the difference between linux distro's, if i'm using kde, does it matter which distro i have?? (real dumb Huh?)

3. I'm not a programmer (not evan close)...i did get my linux loaded and surfing the web via dsl router/modem...pretty kool to surf the web without Billy Boy!!!!..

4. Can someone recommend a good book to explain the whole linux thing...

5. I basically use the computer/linux to surf the web/email,
play music, etc...if i'm going to learn a computer language (for what i'll use it for i don't know) what would be useful for the future, i don't want to waste time ( have little time, house, High Maint dog, time to drink Ice cold silver bullets, oh ya work!!!) Any idea's...
Old 08-21-2001, 08:55 AM   #2
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1. Dropping Caldera for Mandrake would be a choice I would leave up to you. Most people that start out with Linux try one distro, get it down then move on to try another for different reasons, maybe see the difference.... etc.
2. The difference mainly between distro's is usually just applications, support given if bought and a few smaller details where files reside... etc. If your using KDE.. usually they are all the same mostly, you can install and configure KDE however you want.
3. This doesn't look like a question but that's great you got your internet connection working, most don't get that down ever and give up.
4. There are many books out there, depending on what distro you using, you might want to go with a specific book on your distro as it will explain things in detail and things won't be off so much from a gerneral linux book. If you do get just a general linux book, i recommend Linux Unleashed.
5. Well, there are many programming languages out there, it would really depend on what you want to do or most interested in. If you surf the web mostly and email... you might want to learn languages pertaining to web design... I don't see the web going away anytime soon and don't see that as a waste of time. Good languages to learn for that within Linux would be Perl, PHP, HTML...and so on....


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