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Old 01-10-2004, 02:50 PM   #1
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Simply Linux: It is worth doing?

I'm pretty new to Linux, and I use a website called Simply Linux to guide me though. It has instructions how how to install a variety of distros, which I find to be helpful.

Also, the guy has a section on post installtion setup. It's usually quite long, and a lot of ink to waste to print.

I'm going to install slackware, and I want to know if it's worth doing what he says after the installtion...'m unfamilar with most, if not all, of those commands, or even what they are doing really.
Old 01-10-2004, 03:14 PM   #2
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/me chuckles ...

I find his headings a bit stupid (don't get me
wrong, I loved the books (20 years ago) and
think the movies are good :}) ...

Basically most if makes sense, even though
I use updatedb more often than after an install.

Some of the things are a matter of taste, but
you won't find out until you tried.

Some things I'd do differently (like the inittab
change), but again, that's a matter of taste.

Old 01-10-2004, 10:19 PM   #3
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I guess this is as good a place as any to post my first. I'm looking for the cheapest way to start Linux on my old Doz PC. Ready to partition and set up dual boot cause I'm pretty sure my PC won't sell being a P3 Celeron 700 on a 66mhz sys bus motherboard.. I'm in no hurry because my main -abandon doz!- effort is already in place. Yeah, I'm on Mac now and I love it. So at this point I'm just looking for general beginning advise, what distribution -Slackware - Red Hat? partition size - things like that. Are there any interesting apps that run in Linux and Mac?
Old 01-10-2004, 10:32 PM   #4
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well the distro you choose is completely up to you, and it would make no sense by hearing somones personal preference cause for example say 10 people reply with 10 different distros, well then you think to yourself, i am no further ahead than when i just pick one and try it...9 times outta 10 you'll experience many distros, as i think most people do, they try one, then they are like oh, i wanna try this one, and the cycle continues. ... there is always the Reviews section on this site, and you can just read what people have to say about the distro they chose to speak of ... as of partition size, well that is also up to you ... and even if i was to comment, i actually couldn't cause you specified no hard drive size ..
as of interesting apps, well whatever your used to using, i will almost give a guaruntee that there is an equivalent ... and more so many equivalents ... if you looking for something specific, look below in my sig and click the link for "Table of Equivalents" and you look up the program your searching for and the right column will name the equivalent in linux, and also supply you with a link ..
Old 01-10-2004, 11:23 PM   #5
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Ok thanks. Since my main needs are gonna be supported by the Mac I guess i'll just pick at random my pc HD is a 30g.
Old 01-10-2004, 11:34 PM   #6
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I checked the table of equivalents thanks! I don't worry alot about doz apps
Old 01-11-2004, 12:02 AM   #7
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Most newbie Linux users skip around the distro's to see which ones they like. i myself went from RH 8 to RH9 to Mandrake 9.1 to Knoppix to Slackware (I still want to install Debian). When I started to use linux I found Red Hat to be mainly for servers and it didn't come with anything multimedia related. Mandrake was great compared to RH because it was the like windows for it's user friendliness. Then my hard drive crashed and I wanted to still use linux, so i went to a friends and downloaded and burned knoppix (runs straight from CD). Then I passed the whole user friendliness thing and wanted to learn the guts of Linux, so I got the almighty Slackware 9.1.
So you will most likely bounce around but if you want to start off a good place is Mandrake. Also If you have never installed linux then you might want to try Knoppix to see if all of your hardware is supported and you can test it out without tampering with your hard drive.
Also welcome to linux and I hope you stay with it and see that you can do everything in Linux that you can in Windows.


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Old 01-11-2004, 12:11 AM   #8
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Thanks nny0000 that post is very informative! and you bet! when it's pc for me it will be Linux! other then that I am extremely happy with my Mac running everything I want!


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