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Old 08-26-2006, 06:52 AM   #1
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New Linux user is scared. (long)

Hi people,

My name is Deian, I live in wales and I recently installed Linux (again, more on that later). It's Suse 10.1, and it seems ok, being an ex-Windows (or Windoze as i shall call it now) user Linux is a TOTALLY different... in a cool way and a scary way. It is certainly a hardcore operating system. I am nearly on the verge of giving it up although I will stick to it for a while and see how I get on. There are creature comforts I miss from Windows, here's the list...
iTunes (3000 tracks, some bought off the iTunes store so are DRM protected),
digital TV - i've got Hauppauge DVB-T PCI using the older chipset (novell say they don't allow dvb on suse, i hope there is a workaround for this), the card is recognised but when installing linuc it asked for a *.dll driver (can't remember it now), and it seems thats what is needed to get it running.

MSN/Yahoo WITH webcam, I recently discovered aMSN has webcam support but since logging in the first time with it i can't get in again because it says the 'The profile is being used by another aMSN session, please use another', the others generate the same error too. Not happy, and totally lost.

My webcam is Logitech Fusion (so it's a USB cam with built in mic), The webcam isn't EVEN recognised, it's plugged in, as is my USB Microsoft Wireless Desktop Keybaord/Mouse (HID too, whatever that is). I believe it IS possible to get everything working fine, but i'm certainly in NO position to even think about starting these somewhat simple tasks! I don't even know where files are. Total NOOB I know. I'm really good in Windows though.

Linux has even detected my usb bluetooth dongle! Impressive! But why so much trouble with the webcam and tv card. If I can get those two fixed I could stay on Linux more and then get my music sorted.

Any help would be good, I know I haven't been too specicific. But if someone can tell me how to get logs of what goes on when things happen, and where configuration files for specific programs/devices are then it would be a start I guess.

I've got an O'Reilly Running Linux book, and I recognise that the Bash Console is GOD, hard to grasp that concept since Windows XP is all fancy and easy.

Thanks for reading. I'm looking forward to replies, help, links, tutorials or whatever else can be offered. If you want me to be more specific I can post in the right forum subjects, But I will need basics here so I can get logs and things to better help you to help me.

Old 08-26-2006, 10:41 AM   #2
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I can understand the issues you have with the hardware you are using. Much of it is very new overall. Somethings you can do is check the HCL section here located at the top or to the right. It might list the hardware you have and what it takes to get going. If you something similiar check those and follow any links in them.

HID stands for Human Interface Device. Windows uses similiar jargon for the same.

Not a suse user so can't say why it would ask for a .dll file which I assume would be a Windows file.

Linux will take time to understand and learn. Same would apply if your tried OSX or Novell or even Cisco routers. Everything is a learning experience. The more you read the more will come easier. Lots of posts here are great reading as well. I myself must say it took about a year or so before I fealt I had a grasp of the inner workings of the kernel and file structure.

Good luck
Old 08-26-2006, 11:14 AM   #3
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Hi and welcome to LQ Learning Linux is very rewarding and there's no real reason to try to do everything at once, learn things as you need to and then move on to everything else

With the rest of your questions, could you put them into their own threads in the relevant forums - this is an intro forum and your questions are likely to go unseen.
Old 08-26-2006, 12:47 PM   #4
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thanks for the good replies, i posted queries about my tv card in the suse section, seems the easiest to handle so far. see u there guys

Old 08-26-2006, 10:01 PM   #5
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If you're going to stay with GNU/Linux take it one step at a time. Were's your information and what can and can not open? What hardware are you having trouble with?

Have you considered Mac OS X?

Last edited by aldimeneira; 08-26-2006 at 10:03 PM.
Old 08-27-2006, 04:43 AM   #6
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yes i have considered mac os-x, it's not open source and the hardware is quite expensive for the apple machines. one day i may have all three running side by side for comparison, i'm considering buying a widnows laptop and making a fresh start on this pc with linux once i understand a bit more, at the moment i'm dual booting,

i want linux

i obviously have to do things one step at a time, i have no choice, i'm reading the book and getting my hands dirty, but having fun still. yay me, see you around



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