[ILUG] Advice on setting up Linux please
gavin at fiachra.ucd.ie
Fri Feb 8 15:22:42 GMT 2002
Warning. This got a bit long sorry.
On Fri, 08 Feb 2002, John Flanagan wrote:
> I'm hoping that this is the right place to ask the following questions.
> Appropriate web links would suffice where appropriate.
I think you're in the right place.
> I have a basic PC, with a Duron 750, 40gb HDD, 256MB Ram, a CD-ROM and CD-RW
> (separate drives), 10/100 Ethernet card.
Well, that's a lot better than basic compared to many of the machines
around on this list (my own included), the nearest other thread refers to
> Currently the machine is running Windows 98SE.
> My main use for the PC at the moment is dial-up internet access using ICQ,
> Internet Explorer, Outlook Express. I also use it for some spreadsheets,
> developing a small personal website and an occasional bit of programming
> using VB.
> What I want to do is install a version of Linux.
> My questions are:
> For the above uses, what is the best version of linux to install?
To be honest, I think they're all as good as each other from an applications
point of view. You can get, for example,
Lynx/w3m/links (to name a few)
Email Clients: Mutt
Kmail (to name but a few)
packaged up and ready for practically any linux distribution you want.
The thing is that if you don't get a binary set specially for say Suse,
you can always compile one for yourself as the source is available (Opera
is an exception to this).
What I think you do want though is a linux that will set up easily and get you
going. When you're a bit more used to linux details you can look at
which one suits *you* best (or make up your own).
The concensus around seems to be that
are the simplest installed and require least knowledge from the word go. I
use Debian, others use Slackware and literally hundreds more.
GAIM (Gnu AOL Instant Messenger)
openoffice or staroffice
kspread (off the top of my head)
There is VB, but you'd have to ask someone else!
> Where in Dublin can I get disks for this install?
There are guys on the list who'll burn you CDs. Email
freecds at antefacto.com (is that right Kate?)
> (Linux is too big to download on 56K dial-up)
Well, technically linux is just the kernel, which compiled can be as small
as a few hundred kilobytes, but yeah getting a full system over a dialup
is a problem which many people here no about.
> What books should I be looking at for basic user?
I liked O'Reilly "Running Linux". There's hundreds though, I'm sure
others will differ with me. The net is a fantastic resource though. This
mailing list and many others, Internet Relay Chat rooms, the Linux
http://www.linuxdoc.org (Irish Mirror site: http://www.netsoc.ucd.ie/LDP )
> What books should I be looking at for more advanced user?
Probably different ones for each task. Again though the net is your
> Anything else I should be considering?
Do you want to run linux & windows at the same time? There are a number of
HOWTOs on doing this including one on www.linux.ie
You need to be a little bit patient at the start, things are a little
different, but it's worth it down the line.
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