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Old 07-24-2005, 03:58 PM   #1
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Hello, my very first Linux-mandriva installation completed. After logged I got: [my first name@localhost my first name]$. So...I cant get anywhere? How do I get program started? Thanks for help.
 
Old 07-24-2005, 04:03 PM   #2
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I suggest you try 'startx' or 'startkde'. It might be possible you've got to login as root to start X though.

But if Mandrake doesn't let you enter the graphical environment (X), I think that means it's not setup. You're very likely to get errors then.
 
Old 07-24-2005, 04:29 PM   #3
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I suggest you try 'startx' or 'startkde'. It might be possible you've got to login as root to start X though.

But if Mandrake doesn't let you enter the graphical environment (X), I think that means it's not setup. You're very likely to get errors then.
Thanks for help, IŽve previously tryed startx, it did not work. Now I canŽt
type anything after login?! I can type login name, but it is impossible to type password.
huh
 
Old 07-24-2005, 04:48 PM   #4
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the login may fool you if you are unfamiliar with linux. When you type your password, it will not show asterics like windows does so as not to give away how many characters are in the password (in case gov't agents are watching over your shoulder). In any case, as you type your password it will appear as if nothing is happening, so type password and hit the enter key.
 
Old 07-25-2005, 02:21 AM   #5
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the login may fool you if you are unfamiliar with linux. When you type your password, it will not show asterics like windows does so as not to give away how many characters are in the password (in case gov't agents are watching over your shoulder). In any case, as you type your password it will appear as if nothing is happening, so type password and hit the enter key.
I am not a patient guy. It doesnt seem to work, so IŽll skip it and install MS again. MS works poorly, but still works. IŽll check linux friendliness again after a couple of years.
 
Old 07-25-2005, 02:37 AM   #6
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Hi,
You'll be better off with Windows, if you're 'not patient'. Bill has made a fortune on people like you.
 
Old 07-25-2005, 05:49 AM   #7
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I understand your frustration. I believe it is all a state of mind. I have not used windows for a long time and actually not even had a copy of windows in my home for some time now. I now find it very frustrating to help people with their windows problems since I am very unfamiliar with the newer versions of windows. For someone starting off, I would never suggest a total switch, always a dual boot linux/windows machine to start. That way when frustrated with linux you just boot back to what you know, and go back to linux when on an even head again. I truly believe windows is really not any more user friendly than linux in this day and age, the only thing with linux is the naming of software is not so obvious at times. As far as logins go, windows xp seems to have copied linux, (appears to me) in that if you set up xp with the proper security safeguards, you will have an administrator account, and user accounts which you must log in to. My experience with all the windows boxes that people have dropped off to me for a free fixing, have always been run as administrator (root) and no users set up. This is probably partly why windows seems so easy, people are not forced to use proper security measures by the operating system and therefore it seems easy. If you set up Mandriva with a user account that is booted into without logging in, it is simple as windows. Once you learn to navigate Mandriva's Contol Center you will find all system maintenence can be accomplished in a graphical environment making it "user friendly", and best of all, "wallet friendly". Wallet friendly since there is so much more "free" software available for linux. In closing my little rant, you did set up a "root" password, and a "user" password, hopefully your frustration was not caused by trying to use the "root" password to gain entry into the "user" account. Also, in past I admittedly have had frustration trying to login to have passwords fail due to the fact that they are case sensitive and found I had the "caps lock" activated on the keyboard. Too bad you are ready to give up, but just remember, next time your windows box is brought to its' knees by worms and viruses and such, there is a great community on this forum board that will welcome you back and be willing to help you with linux.
 
  


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