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After you've installed Linux...

Discussion in 'Bits & Bytes' started by Techie2000, Nov 19, 2002.

  1. Techie2000

    Techie2000 The crowd would sing:

    Well after you've chosen,burnt your Linux ISOs and got it installed you may start to wonder what do I do now?

    The first thing many people like to do is get their hardware working well. Linux seems to be happiest with NVIDIA graphics cards. You can get the official Linux NVIDIA drivers off of NVIDIA's website. Many people also tend to struggle to get their printer working. http://www.linuxprinting.org/ is an excellent resource for getting your printer working. Interested in some basic tutorials? http://www.linuxnewbie.org/ is your place to be. Ready to tackle the kernel for the first time? http://www.kernelnewbie.org/ has lots of information that will help you. For most other problems, usually the distro website will have some kind of support database or forums for you to go to. Next Google is a good resource, through both its regular search, and its Google Groups search. Lots of documentation can be found at The Linux Documentation Project, and finally IRC is a great resource to get help, and usually people can help you faster on IRC than through other forms of communication. I'll also do my best to help here for the people who decide they want to give it a try...
  2. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Excellent guide, Techie!

  3. ditch

    ditch Downunder Member

    Thanks Techie. I am still contemplating Mandrake 9 after you advised re the disc partioning software. Your post is a helpful one.
  4. Pyrion

    Pyrion Liquid Metal Nanomorph

    Oh, and if you ever find yourself wanting to go back to Windows, and you have Linux start through LILO, you're going to have to do fdisk /mbr to keep LILO from interfering with Windows' startup after you've dumped Linux.

    I learned that the hard way after I got sick of not being able to do a whole lot of anything productive with Mandrake.
  5. Techie2000

    Techie2000 The crowd would sing:

  6. fritzmp

    fritzmp Fire Fire For Effect

    Linux is like a Hot Rod and you do have to tinker with it. Unlike other OS's, the hood is not welded shut. It will not hold your hand. When you do things as root you can screw it up. Anyone that is security minded will appreciate the division form user to root as not to be infested with viruses and worms. Are you sure you really want to do that, is not a common pop-up warning in Linux. It assumes you have read the README's and man (manual) pages.

    If you don't like reading stick with Windows, or better yet get a Mac.
  7. ditch

    ditch Downunder Member

    So Mandrake not a good idea by the sound of that. I was thinking Partition Magic to do the dividing of the hard drive and then Mandrake 9.
  8. Aria

    Aria All shall love me&despair

    I use Mandrake 8.0 and like it. I ended up putting it on a separate drive though because I couldn't get it and Win2k to coexist happily on one drive.
  9. fritzmp

    fritzmp Fire Fire For Effect

    Chose "Partition Manually" during the install and use DiskDrake to resize and repartition the drive. Be carfull. Then for the remainder of the drive chose to have Mandrake figure the best install for a first time until you learn how the file structure is utilized.
  10. Techie2000

    Techie2000 The crowd would sing:

    Yeah what you can do is have Partition Magic partition the drive, and then have Mandrake format it for the install. As far as getting rid of it, its not that bad if you need to...
  11. ditch

    ditch Downunder Member

    Thanks all. This is going to be an interesting experience.

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