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I am looking for someone who can help me get started with Linux and answer a few questions... First of all I know quite a bit about computers. I'm working on learning to program in Python, and I was interested in getting familiar with Linux. I have a P4 2.66Ghz, 640mb RAM, 2 HDs 60Gig(Master) and 20Gig(Slave), 64mb GeForce 4 MX 440 AGP, with WIN XP. I also have two other HP computers one PIII 400mhz (5gig) and a P 133mhz (1.5gig). I was wondering what I should do to get started with linux. I don't know what my best ...

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    Default Lost in Linux...

    I am looking for someone who can help me get started with Linux and
    answer a few questions...

    First of all I know quite a bit about computers. I'm working on
    learning to program in Python, and I was interested in getting familiar
    with Linux. I have a P4 2.66Ghz, 640mb RAM, 2 HDs 60Gig(Master) and
    20Gig(Slave), 64mb GeForce 4 MX 440 AGP, with WIN XP. I also have two
    other HP computers one PIII 400mhz (5gig) and a P 133mhz (1.5gig). I
    was wondering what I should do to get started with linux. I don't know
    what my best option would be. I also would like to know which version
    of Linux would suit me best, I don't realy know what the diff between
    versions are. Anyway I don't mind dedicating my 20Gig drive on my good
    computer and dual booting. If that where the case I would need a lot of
    help but...

    Any help would be appreciated!
    Thanks a bunch!
    SDG VVV
    Kyle Eppard

    Kyle Guest

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    Kyle Eppard wrote:
     

    If you want to run a full-n Linux, put it on the second drive in your best
    machine. Once you've made the drive available just boot the installation CD
    from your distribution of choice and follow directions. There are plenty of
    choices in the desktop versions of Linux, from freely downloadable ISOs to
    well-supported retail boxes.

    If you want to get your hands dirty you could put a bare-bones installation on
    your PIII or even your P 133. Both are capable of running KDE or Gnome, but
    will perform better with a lighter WM or no WM at all. Again, tons of
    choices. Let us know your aims and we can go from there.
    Jim Guest

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    On Sat, 08 Nov 2003 16:17:44 -0600, Kyle Eppard wrote: 

    Go to each distribution's site you may want to use and see what you
    can see.

    The best one is the one that fits all of your needs.

    Here, read for yourself.
    http://www.distrowatch.com/ and
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=best+linux+distribution

    and please read http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html


    It is not hard, Mandrake should get you off and runnig with no problems.

    Look here
    http://www.mandrakelinux.com/en/fdoc.php3

    Quick_Startup
    Starter
    Command-Line


    Create a ~4gig partition to install everything. After that it is easy
    to use your spare space as required. The install just needs to be a
    unformated/free space.

    for some more tips
    http://groups.google.com/advanced_group_search
    put
    home
    in the message id box
    Bit Guest

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    Kyle Eppard wrote:
     

    First thing is send me the P4 to check for Linux compatibility. Probably
    will take a long time.
     

    If not needed, I would setup the P3 and P-133. In that order. If you can
    only use one, use the P3. Learn about networking and samba (possible
    NFS if Linux is on the P133).

    Possibilities: P4 XP (learn about samba keeping XP here)
    P3 Redhat (Slackware if you are a computer weenie)
    P Redhat or Slackware (text mode NFS server)

    Get the "Red Hat Linux Bible", good learning book.

    --
    robert - redhat & slackware

    reh Guest

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    >>>>> "Kyle" == Kyle Eppard <com> writes:
    Kyle>
    Kyle> I am looking for someone who can help me get started with Linux
    Kyle> and answer a few questions...
    Kyle>
    Kyle>
    Kyle> First of all I know quite a bit about computers. I'm working on
    Kyle> learning to program in Python, and I was interested in getting
    Kyle> familiar with Linux. I have a P4 2.66Ghz, 640mb RAM, 2 HDs
    Kyle> 60Gig(Master) and 20Gig(Slave), 64mb GeForce 4 MX 440 AGP, with
    Kyle> WIN XP. I also have two other HP computers one PIII 400mhz
    Kyle> (5gig) and a P 133mhz (1.5gig). I was wondering what I should
    Kyle> do to get started with linux. I don't know what my best option
    Kyle> would be. I also would like to know which version of Linux
    Kyle> would suit me best, I don't realy know what the diff between
    Kyle> versions are. Anyway I don't mind dedicating my 20Gig drive on
    Kyle> my good computer and dual booting. If that where the case I
    Kyle> would need a lot of help but...

    If you can get a copy of Knoppix, boot it on your P4 or PIII machine
    and play around a bit. You can learn without messing with your
    harddisk at all.

    --Rob
    Rob Guest

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