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Old 08-06-2003, 01:08 AM   #1
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Post New to Linux.... got a few questions

Yeah, in case you can't tell, I'm a n00b, totally and completely, at least to Linux, and so forth, I have a few questions... not so much as a few questions, but one major one...

I want to know about Linux's inner working, I have some vague idea of how OS's work, concepts and what not, utilizing drivers, but very basis ideas, nothing really founded on pretty much anything but my workings with Win98 and win98SE, which are both total and complete crap, lol.

But I want to know, fully, and completely, how it works, I'm pretty good with technical jarble, but you may have to explain things rather well...

I have an IQ of 170, so, maybe I can put that to good use here, but still, any information that you could provide, would be greatly appreciated...

ALso, one little minor question, does anyone know if Slackware is going to support Intel's new Prescott Processors set to release in Q3 2003? Looks pretty damn amazing... 0.09 micron... scalable up to 5 GHz, o0o... ASUS's new motherboard looks like it'll support it.... was just wondering if slackware will...
Old 08-06-2003, 01:22 AM   #2
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You can understand Linux's inner workings by downloading the source code and taking a look. The source code is completely free.

You are confusing "Linux" with "Linux distribution". Slackware is a distribution - a collection of packages and a kernel that form an operating system. I'm sure that, at some point, there will be kernel optimisation for the Prescott processor.

Old 08-06-2003, 01:40 AM   #3
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so, where might I be able to find a source code? and what would I need to read it in a win98 enviroment?
Old 08-06-2003, 01:53 AM   #4
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Most any tar.gz package. There are *nix utilities that have been ported to DOS and/or Windows so you might be able to find tar and gzip and a text editor that reads *nix EOLs correctly (many native Winapps can). Then there's also Cygwin, for a whole *nix environment on Windows. And then there's Knoppix as a live CD. And then there's actually installing Linux.
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You might want to point that 170 IQ over to Full source code is available there. -- J.W.
Old 08-06-2003, 11:16 AM   #6
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One site worth checking out is the Linux Documentation Project - there's much about all things Linux and more besides.
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For a different point of view, you can also try the UNIX administrator handbook... An excellent resource:

I also recommend, for complete newbies, the "rute" handbook:

(it's free and pretty good!)
Old 08-06-2003, 09:05 PM   #8
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dude, if i were you- id get a Linux book. a real fat one too. with an iq of 170 you should get trought that and remember it all on a few days (thoose books really make you learn, if you get a good one) thats how i learned.. (im still a n00b tought)
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if you dont know C or programming, i doubt you will undestand the source code


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