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Old 12-11-2003, 04:35 AM   #1
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what's a clueless red hat 9 newbie to do?

hey guys,

i just learned that red hat 9 is gonna be kaput by early 2004. and here i am starting my linux self-training with rh9!

so tell me ... is it worth continuing the effort? this is my first linux/unix, my intention really was to get used to unix commands, and all. is there some concepts i should just focus on? or should i totally abandon rh9 and start with something else - and what could that something else be ?

thanks !
Old 12-11-2003, 04:43 AM   #2
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Um...RH9 will be now represented by Fedora. You might want to look at that website to decide what you want to do. Since it is "new" it has no documentation yet. Otherwise, as long as Fedora is ticking, I dont see why not. I suppose taht you should install Fedora Core 1 when you get the chance since RH is what you are familiar with.
Old 12-11-2003, 04:45 AM   #3
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Choices, choices. Pick one. Pick a bunch. Whatever floats your boat(s).

# Linux Distribution links:
A Beginner's Guide to Choosing a Linux Distribution
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Old 12-11-2003, 09:40 AM   #4
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Play with as many linux distros as you can. The basics stay the basics. I am still running RH5.2 on my spare 486 (yea I know, but try W$ on it? even worse) Currently enjoying RH9 on my own pc and drake on wifes dual boot. Believe me you will find your fav. and yes I will start downloading Fedora soon enough.
Old 12-11-2003, 03:18 PM   #5
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just go ahead an do it! there is a very fine book which i am going though on RH9 by cristopher negus. if you can get hold of a copy of that you should be on your way to Linux. good luck!
Old 12-11-2003, 04:11 PM   #6
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It's not like your RedHat computer will explode the day RedHat ends support. I personally think that RedHat is a decent distro for a newbie. Also, if you learn one distribution and how it works, you could easily get along with the others.

My recommendations to you are:

o Make sure to keep your RedHat installation as current as possible using up2date until RedHat pulls the plug.

o Start poking around. Begin with the easy-to-use tools for system settings under X.

o Start looking at the configuration files. Most (all?) of the fancy tools actually edit the configuration files for the system. You will find lots of those files under /etc/

o Learn to use one of the text-mode editors in Linux, either emacs or vi. I have always used emacs, so I would recommend that one. I'm sure other people around here have a different opinion.

o Important point: If you plan to mess around a lot, do that on a computer that's not vital for you. I have an old Pentium 166 that I got for free. I can screw up that machine royally if I want to. Then I just reinstall it.

o When you don't understand a thing about what's happening and you've given up. Come back here and ask a question.

Good luck!
Old 12-11-2003, 04:21 PM   #7
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Rather than using up2date, I suggest using apt4rpm. For a gui interface, command apt-get install synaptic after doing an apt-get update. apt-get dist-upgrade should get everything current.


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