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Old 10-04-2005, 04:17 PM   #1
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Question ubuntu newb is asking for help

what is a good book for ubuntu newbies, i just installed ubuntu on my old gateway essential 4oo. it has a celeron 400mhz processor, ati rage 128 vr video onboard, onboard soundblaster audio 128d. wich kernal shoul be installed? every thing is working but im told taht im out of date, something about amd 64. anyway can someone recomend a good beginers bokk for ubuntu? tia
Old 10-04-2005, 05:14 PM   #2
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Amd 64? That's a processor, and unless you're planning on upgrading your computer (and I mean a serious upgrade) you don't need to worry about that. Amd 64 can use a different kernel is all.
Also, unless you have a really old kernel (before 2.4), don't worry about updating it. Unless some new feature interests you, as long as everything is working you are fine. If you want to know the version of your kernel, type uname -r into a terminal window and it will tell you.
As far as books go, I don't think that ubuntu has its own book, at least not in retail stores. It is based on debian, so any book that is about debian should work fine under ubuntu. In all honesty, I use a Fedora Core 3 book whenever I have trouble (although I wouldn't reccomend doing this; that just happened to be my first distribution and I didn't want to buy a new book).

Just another thing about the kernel update. Windows requires frequent updates in about everything, and they often don't tell you a lot about the update. Usually security issues are resolved with patches, while new features (which may require more time to learn) are added with kernel updates. Some things require a newer kernel, but unless you really need it there is no reason to update.
Old 10-04-2005, 05:26 PM   #3
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I think someone is telling you your hardware is out of date..ignore them
Most ubuntu guides are on the net, as thats really the centre of the community.
If your system is working OK then I wouldn't worry about Criticism from others about older hardware. Yes, your system is old to be running ubuntu on, you might want to try a lighter distro, but thats your choice.
I hope this has helped a bit.
Old 10-04-2005, 05:47 PM   #4
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this distro is running pretty good for me, i dont seen to have as long of a delay as it did with win 98se which it was shiped with. i just dont under stand how to install apps. this pc is a free be, my step son thought it was fried. my other two pc are a dell with a p 4 2.5ghz, and the other is an amd 2700+ both have 512 mgb ddr ram. this one is a trial pc to see if i like what im trying before i install to one of the others. so no one can really insult this old pc. lol
the second pc mentioned i built my self, it isnt too bad.

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Old 10-04-2005, 09:13 PM   #5
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I use linux for dummies, Sams teacy yourself linux programming, unix in a nutshell and whatever else I can pick up off the 2 dollar rack at the biggest book store around. The big book stores or the outlet shopping centers that have book stores always have old linux or unix books for sale at rock bottom prices.

The GUI changes a lot with the latest version of linux but most of the command line stuff is consistent with what I had in school 20 years ago. Most of the command line stuff from the old books still works.

I also have the bible that I paid full price for; Practical Python by Magnus Hetland.

I am running Ubuntu 64 on the latest and greatest AMD 64 bit cpu and Ubuntu rocks. It has open office that can be saved as a compatible file with the latest microsoft files.


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