Before installing LINUX:
Go in to your BIOS and do the following
1) Change CAS2 to CAS3
2) Change FSB (front side bus) to 100 MHz
3) Set PNP OS to disable
4) Let BIOS set IRQ
5) Set hard drives to LBA
6) Set USB Mouse and Keyboard to BIOS
7) Let BIOS assign IRQ to video card and USB
8) Enable APM if you want your computer shutdown by itself
At the console type X -version. This will tell you what version is X Window. No there is no s at the end of X Window.. The creator doesn't like it.
If your video card is ATI. Go to http://gatos.sourceforge.net/
If your video card is NVIDIA. Go to http://www.nvidia.com/
IA-32 is 80386, 80486, Pentium, Pentium Pro, Pentium MMX, Pentium II, Pentium III, Pentium 4, XEON.
IA-64 is AMD Hammer, AMD Optron, and Intel Itannium
Wine is an emulator so not all programs will work. The only programs that I can use with out any problems are wordpad, calculator, charactor map, paint. It will take some time to setup Wine so you can run your favorite programs. I recommend getting a beta version of vmware. Don't forget to sign up to get the beta serial key.
VMware is a virtual machine that it virtualizes another machine in your OS. You can install any windows version and just about every windows program will work. You can also install another LINUX distribution.
If you read
Those pages will tell you step by step on how to setup JAVA. Though, they forgot the most important step is copying or making links to the java plug-in to be used in web browsers. SUN Microsystems have a few options on how to copy or make links to the plug-in for your favorite web browser.
I recommend you download rpm files. They are easier for a LINUX newbie to install. After installing type opera at the console. Opera should start up. If you want Opera to be listed in the menu, you need to manually add it.
First copy or install your kernel source code. You can either use the package programs that came with Redhate or you can find the rpm file on the CD. After that you install it, you are ready to compile any program that you wish.
Login as root or if you are logged in as a user. Type su at the console and type root's password.
The first step is ./configure
It gets things ready to compile.
The second step is make
It compiles the source code using gcc
The third step is make install
It copies the compiled source code to the /usr/... directory.
For more information about LINUX go to
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BTW, if X Window gets messed up hit CTRL + ALT + BACKSPACE. This will reset X Window.
Hit CTRL + ALT + F1......F12 to go through each console mode. Usually F7 is your GUI.
Either CTRL + ALT + ESC or CTRL + ALT + DEL will reboot your computer. This depends on how the LINUX distribution is setup.