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CranialCrusader
01-24-2005, 21:58
I've been using Mandrake 10.1 for just over a month now. I have to say, I love Linux!!!

The only thing that I am not able to do that I was before is watch DVD's on my laptop. For some reason Xine won't play more than about 3 seconds of my DVDs before the program crashes. Not that I watch many DVD's on my laptop anyway.

I love how there is no spyware!
I love how I don't need anti-virus
KDE with multiple desktops makes using the computer easier
It manages memory better and is much faster switching programs
OpenOffice works great
It's free!!!!!

My next computer will be an Apple... but for now Linux is the way to go!

CranialCrusader

bohr
01-24-2005, 22:03
I would try mplayer for all your movie needs. It even has a nice GUI "gmplayer" and is a lot like the Mac programs. Linux has really come a long way in the last 5 years. Good luck!

lomfs24
01-24-2005, 22:04
Linux is a great OS. There is no spyware... that I am aware of. However, don't fool yourself into thinking you don't need antivirus software. There are viruses for linux, just not as many. Check out f-prot for an antivirus program.

Washington,D.C.
01-24-2005, 22:06
I just installed Mandrakelinux 10.2 beta 1.Okay Beta is not for everybody and I have had problems with Mandrake betas in the past but this is the best OS they've ever had.In 10.1 I had some crashes playing videos when using KDE.In Mandrake without KDE you give up some good programs but in 10.1 Gnome is more stable.cd4 has KDE 3.3.0 and its less stable than the standard 3.2.3.The new KDE 3.3.2 in 10.2 is excellent.Gnome is 2.8.1 and the 2.6.10 is the fastest Linux kernel I've used.10.1 Community came with kernel 2.6.8.10 and 10.1 Official has kernel 2.6.8.12.

Washington,D.C.
01-24-2005, 22:07
I use anti virus in Linux to scan files before they go in my Windows machine.

CranialCrusader
01-24-2005, 22:17
I haven't had any stability issues with 10.1 or KDE 3.2.

How long before 10.2 comes out? I know that 10.1 just came out in December. Hopefully I can "upgrade" to 10.2 when the time comes instead of re-installing!

One of these days I'm going to install Linux on my desktop machine (AMD 1700+). Then I want to get FTP going on that machine so I can access my music from anywhere. For now, I just don't let it access the internet.

I finally gave up windows when I realized that my firewalls, anti-spyware, and anti-virus programs (I had 10 of those put together) did not catch everything and just gave me a false sense of security.

CranialCrusader

darin2
01-24-2005, 22:19
Originally posted by CranialCrusader

My next computer will be an Apple... but for now Linux is the way to go!

CranialCrusader

If your getting a new Apple with OS 10X you are using linux/unix.

Washington,D.C.
01-24-2005, 22:20
I saw the schedule once.I think March or April.I installed the beta this weekend before they announced it today.

Washington,D.C.
01-24-2005, 22:23
Mandrake 10.1 looks to be Mandrake 10.0 with a newer kernel.I had problems with 10.1 beta.This 10.2 beta is problem free so far and is fast.KDE 3.3.2 has been changed to respond faster too.

Washington,D.C.
01-24-2005, 22:45
The future beta period which is likely to start during January. The estimated schedule programs a 10.2 Community version for March, and an Official version for April.

Washington,D.C.
01-24-2005, 22:50
Mandrakelinux 10.2 release schedule http://qa.mandrakesoft.com/twiki/bin/view/Main/Mandrakelinux102

CranialCrusader
01-25-2005, 08:53
Originally posted by Washington,D.C.
Mandrakelinux 10.2 release schedule http://qa.mandrakesoft.com/twiki/bin/view/Main/Mandrakelinux102

Sweet... thanks...

Sounds like a nice upgrade, when the time comes


CranialCrusader

Clyde
01-25-2005, 10:30
Can anyone pass on some good links on Mandrake for Newbies.

Just going to playing with it on a test box.

Thinking of playing with OPEN VPN.

Thx

Already downloaded ISO

Washington,D.C.
01-25-2005, 15:13
Originally posted by Clyde
Can anyone pass on some good links on Mandrake for Newbies.

Just going to playing with it on a test box.

Thinking of playing with OPEN VPN.

Thx

Already downloaded ISO Mandrakelinux for newbies links(also best links for all Mandrake users)



http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/showthread.php?s=&threadid=159330

http://www.nutz.ch/content/texts/os/mdk10.php

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/history/162581

http://cvs.mandrakesoft.com/cgi-bin/cvsweb.cgi/soft/perl-URPM/


http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/eggnbacon/docs/mdk_urpmi.html
http://lea-linux.org/software/rpm.html

http://www.mandrakehelp.com/RPM-HOWTO.html
http://urpmi.org/

http://qa.mandrakesoft.com/twiki/bin/view/Main/UrpmiResources


http://rpm.nyvalls.se/

http://easyurpmi.zarb.org/

http://www.mandrake.tips.4.free.fr/install101.html

http://mandrakeusers.org/index.php?showtopic=17344

http://www.mandrakehelp.com/RPM-HOWTO.html

http://phantom.byu.edu/pipermail/newbies/2003-July/000508.html

http://www.freeos.com/articles/3102
http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/5456

http://www.digital-digest.com/dvd/downloads/linux/

ftp://ftp.easynet.fr/plf/mandrake/10.1/i586/

http://mandrake.vmlinuz.ca/bin/view/Main/UsingUrpmi#Getting_list_of_deps_before_inst

http://qa.mandrakesoft.com/twiki/bin/view/Main/UrpmiResources

http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/walter/geek/rpm-howto.html

http://qa.mandrakesoft.com/twiki/bin/view/Main/UrpmiResources

Washington,D.C.
01-25-2005, 15:17
Third party software for Mandrake http://plf.zarb.org/

Washington,D.C.
01-25-2005, 15:22
Mandrake forums http://www.linuxiso.org/forums/viewforum.php?forum=2&1 and http://www.mandrakeusers.org/ and http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/f30

Washington,D.C.
01-25-2005, 15:23
docs http://www.mandrakelinux.com/en/fdoc.php3

Washington,D.C.
01-25-2005, 17:34
Originally posted by Clyde
Can anyone pass on some good links on Mandrake for Newbies.

Just going to playing with it on a test box.

Thinking of playing with OPEN VPN.

Thx

Already downloaded ISO http://openvpn.net/ You can use SSH as a VPN also http://searchenterpriselinux.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid39_gci962676,00.html

Clyde
01-25-2005, 21:52
Thnx DC

You have filled my weekend :)

Washington,D.C.
01-26-2005, 06:52
http://www.mandrake.tips.4.free.fr/

eljefe6
01-26-2005, 11:44
I am using VLC (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/) for my DVD playback on Ubuntu. I have heard good things about Ogle (http://www.dtek.chalmers.se/groups/dvd/).

greenlead
01-26-2005, 15:25
I'm using Fedora Core 3.

Washington,D.C.
02-09-2005, 13:43
Most useful URPMI commandline commands http://www.linux-talk.com/post-22.html

HerrGlock
02-09-2005, 14:05
A couple UNIX references (most of this will either work with Linux or are taken from Linux):
http://www.ugu.com/sui/ugu/show?help.beginners
http://www.networkcomputing.com/unixworld/unixhome.html
http://sysunconfig.net/unixtips/solaris.html
http://www.samag.com/documents/s=7762/sam0301n/0301n.htm
http://www.daemonnews.org/new2bsd/


Linux stuff:
http://www.linuxvirgins.com/
http://freshmeat.net/
http://www.linuxhardware.org/
http://www.linux.com/
http://www.linuxchix.org/
http://www.justlinux.com/
http://linux-newbie.sunsite.dk/
http://linuxnewbies.editthispage.com/
http://www.tuxfiles.org/linuxhelp/
http://linuxresource.com/Linux_General/Beginners/index.php
http://www.geocities.com/sunnylug/LinFAQs.html
http://www.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=04/12/16/163251
http://www.livejournal.com/community/linuxnewbies/
http://groups.msn.com/LinuxNewbies/messageboard.msnw
http://www.bellevuelinux.org/new_user_resources.html

Dandapani
02-09-2005, 15:39
Originally posted by darin2
If your getting a new Apple with OS 10X you are using linux/unix.

To be more specific. You Apple OS X uses FreeBSD as the underlying OS. This is an open source Unix. No Linux involved at all.

You can d/l and install from a variety of *BSD systems, OpenBSD, NetBSD, and FreeBSD. All have their strengths. I ran FreeBSD for years before switching to Linux. I run Redhat 9.0 and Fedora Core 3.

nickg
02-10-2005, 11:22
i'm all for open source programs (firefox, openoffice, etc.)

but can someone tell me why i would want an operating system that goes back to the days of command prompts? wasn't the purpose of windows and mac os being the ease of use to point and click to open programs and get where you want to go.

who the hell can remember command prompts at every turn?

now i will admit, i am TOTALLY ignorant on Linux but i'm just asking here as i could never grasp the whole Linux concept.

so anyone who can enlighten me it would be greatly appreciated. :)

eljefe6
02-10-2005, 11:31
A command prompt is not about ease of use. It is about speed. I can do things quicker with a command prompt that with a GUI.

However, you could run virtually all of a Linux session using a GUI and never have the need to go to a terminal.

nickg
02-10-2005, 14:57
Originally posted by eljefe6
A command prompt is not about ease of use. It is about speed. I can do things quicker with a command prompt that with a GUI.

However, you could run virtually all of a Linux session using a GUI and never have the need to go to a terminal.

i guess i have to look into Linux more and see what and how things are done. like i said, i'm ignorant on Linux but i would definitely like to see what it does and how it works.

lomfs24
02-10-2005, 15:05
Originally posted by nickg
i guess i have to look into Linux more and see what and how things are done. like i said, i'm ignorant on Linux but i would definitely like to see what it does and how it works.
If you want to take a look at linux but don't want to take the leap then take a look at live CD disrtos. With these you can boot your computer off of a CD and play all you want in linux. Then when you are done just reboot your computer and take the CD and you will be back in a world full of windows.

I suggest slackware live (now called slax I believe) or knoppix. Most of the major distros also have live CD's too.

http://slax.linux-live.org/
http://www.knoppix.net/

Washington,D.C.
02-10-2005, 15:41
Installable Live Linux CD's and one DVD, http://debian.tu-bs.de/kanotix/KANOTIX-2005-01/KANOTIX-2005-01.iso Kanotix is an inproved Knoppix . ftp://litrix.codigolivre.org.br/pub/litrix/litrix-EX.iso.zip Litrix is based on Slackware and is the fastest live cd,it has Windows Media Player codecs,Nvidia 3d drivers and Java . ftp://ftp.berlios.de/pub/rainbow/MCNLive_Haarlem.iso MCNLive is based on Mandrakelinux and easy to install and is the smallest download . http://aamorimsrv.fis.fc.ul.pt/mirrors/paipix/PAIPIX_3.7-2005-02-01-DVD-EN.iso Paipix is based on Knoppix and is an entire DVD,Takes a while to download . ftp://ftp.fsn.hu/pub/CDROM-Images/xfld/0.2/xfld-0_2-en.iso XFLD is based on Knoppix with a slick low resource desktop. All of these can be run live from cd/dvd drive or installed on the hard drive while running them.

nickg
02-11-2005, 14:04
Originally posted by lomfs24
If you want to take a look at linux but don't want to take the leap then take a look at live CD disrtos. With these you can boot your computer off of a CD and play all you want in linux. Then when you are done just reboot your computer and take the CD and you will be back in a world full of windows.

I suggest slackware live (now called slax I believe) or knoppix. Most of the major distros also have live CD's too.

http://slax.linux-live.org/
http://www.knoppix.net/

i thought about fooling around with Knoppix but just haven't gotten around to it yet.

lomfs24
02-11-2005, 15:31
Originally posted by nickg
i thought about fooling around with Knoppix but just haven't gotten around to it yet.

If you PM me with your address I would send you a copy and then you wouldn't have an excuse not to.
;f

CranialCrusader
02-12-2005, 08:26
Originally posted by nickg
i thought about fooling around with Knoppix but just haven't gotten around to it yet.

Do it!

My system boots up to a command line (because I set it that way) I type my username and password then type "startx" and KDE 3.1 comes up. It's a lot like windows and allows me to launch my favorite apps..

Firefox
GAIM (AOL IM client)
OpenOffice
FTP client
MP3 player

Those 5 comprise 95% of what I use my computer for.

I have configuration for 4 "virtual desktops" and can switch to them instantly. Allowing me to leave many programs running without overlaping windows. Similar to my desktop computer setup with two 19" CRTs.

Good luck,
CranialCrusader

Washington,D.C.
02-12-2005, 09:18
It's also best to install additional software and updates in command line with X off.With X(the the desktop) running some apps can break X.

Rager
02-14-2005, 10:00
Originally posted by nickg
i thought about fooling around with Knoppix but just haven't gotten around to it yet.
I got Knoppix from cheapbytes.com, I think it was around US$7 and in a coupla days at that.

I've got Suse 8.1 on a separate hdd which I haven't played with too much. And I picked up Mandrake 10 on a mag cd. But Knoppix is the cat's meow.

I'm picking through a hdd I trashed a while back. Stuff stuck in unreadable files and undeletable (windows) stuff just goes bye-bye in *nix. :cool: (grin) <b>And</b> it'll detect usb devices that winders in Dos won't.

I put the hdd in a usb enclosure, and saved items to a usb keydrive. Could even save to another usb portable hdd. I didn't think of that earlier!

I think that understanding how the *nix file system works is about the only thing to pay attention to. Hardware detection is superb.
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Great thread!! btw. Copied every link here. ;z
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Is it just me or is the forum time 10 minutes ahead?

Washington,D.C.
02-14-2005, 10:09
The forum time is fast.

nickg
02-14-2005, 10:28
Originally posted by Rager
I got Knoppix from cheapbytes.com, I think it was around US$7 and in a coupla days at that.

But Knoppix is the cat's meow.
rb.


i thought you can download Knoppix for free? then put it on a CD and run it from there without actually having to install it on your system? at least for a trial run to see how it works.

Washington,D.C.
02-14-2005, 11:34
Knoppix can be run from CD without installing or it can be installed and runs faster.Some people buy the CD's because they don't have broadband and 700mbs is too much to download with dial up.

Washington,D.C.
02-14-2005, 23:37
Easiest way to to try and to install Gentoo Linux is NavynOS http://navynos.linux.pl/ Not all mirrors have the latest version.It's a bit slow to download sometimes but the latest one,2005.01 is worth it. http://navynos.linux.pl/index.php?id_article=11&section=1&subsection=1 It's compressed and must be unzipped before burning to CD.

nickg
02-16-2005, 10:10
Originally posted by Washington,D.C.
Knoppix can be run from CD without installing or it can be installed and runs faster.Some people buy the CD's because they don't have broadband and 700mbs is too much to download with dial up.

i checked out a couple of sites to download last night. but they always showed a long directory list and i had no idea of where to start and what to DL.

Washington,D.C.
02-16-2005, 14:13
On the list you'll see the name and the size.The CD images are the largest files on the list.The end of the name will end in "iso"

Washington,D.C.
02-16-2005, 14:14
You will also see the dates.The newer ones are normally best.

okie
02-17-2005, 22:51
I wish I had kept my old puter so I could learn Linux;) :cool:

metallic
02-17-2005, 23:51
I'm surprised to see all the mentions of Mandrake. After switching to Debian 4 years ago, and then Gentoo two years ago, I havent looked back.

lomfs24
02-18-2005, 00:07
From what I understand about Mandrake it is a great starting point. It is pretty easy to get set up out of the box. It is a great distro to learn the ropes on.

metallic
02-20-2005, 00:03
Originally posted by lomfs24
From what I understand about Mandrake it is a great starting point. It is pretty easy to get set up out of the box. It is a great distro to learn the ropes on.

Yep, it's what I started on.