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New Member
Subject: New Member
Author: urbandryad    Posted: 2005-09-15 16:59:16    Length: 1,250 byte(s)
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Hi all. I'm new, I don't have a computer yet, but I have the opportunity to get an old laptop with a Win2k installed already on it.

My issue is, its not got alot of hardware space, 3 gigs to be exact, (if I do get it) and I can't afford or be bothered with Windows upgrades, or updates, or virus's, those fricking glitches and bugs and everything else that goes with it.

So I thought of linux. Boom. Its free. Its freely distributed. And its customizeable (so I'm told?) I don't know that much about it, but I'm familiar with dos shell, and darwin and using the basic 'black box' systems, so I'm willing to learn. It seems MUCH more complicated than the user friendly windows or mac, so I have a LOT to learn. Any good websites that you can point me to?

(if it runs internet, MUSH clients, and text editors, I'm fine. :3 My whole life is centered around the internet and my writing. You can tell being computerless has been frustrating to no end)
 
A historical note: I've owned PC's, and Windows machines, and Macs, but never have I had linux. :3 This might be fun! (if all goes well and I do get the laptop after all.)

Thanks!
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Subject: New Member
Author: SuseUX    Posted: 2005-09-15 20:36:17    Length: 705 byte(s)
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Welcome and enjoy our forum, there is lots of help here to.

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It seems MUCH more complicated than the user friendly windows or mac, so I have a LOT to learn. Any good websites that you can point me to?


Linux is NOT "a LOT" harder than Windows or Mac and is in many cases easier and "a LOT" more functional/feature rich. Whatever you know about Windows, forget it because it only gets in your way most of the time. Just learn and enjoy since this forum will help you out a lot.
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Subject: New Member
Author: x86processor    Posted: 2005-09-16 04:39:54    Length: 92 byte(s)
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Can you give the laptop specification? Amount of RAM, processor details etc.

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Subject: New Member
Author: TrickyRic3    Posted: 2005-09-16 05:37:00    Length: 546 byte(s)
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the unix environment isn't too different to mac (though NOT a clone!!!), and as such you shouldn't have too much trouble migrating since you have experience with mac's. as for difficulty, the modern gnu distributions are all relatively usable out of the box - fc4 is a fine example of this.

recommended sites? - linuxforum is all you need biggrin.gif!
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Subject: New Member
Author: urbandryad    Posted: 2005-09-16 11:31:19    Length: 1,340 byte(s)
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this really cool!

My laptop is a G3 blueberry ibook, 3 GB of hard disc space, 128 RAM (it ran Jaguar so I'm ASSUMING is has 128 instead of the default 32. Don't quote me on that one) it has a CD-ROM drive, USB, ethernet and power cords. I sound like I'm advertizing it don't I?

Might be trading it for a NEC Versa SX, but if not I want to install linux on the clamshell. If I can. See, the problem is, the permissions for Mac OS X were damaged so I can't log in, and I don't have system discs. I'm kind of dumn.

Can you format a Mac from a Linux disc, or will I need Jaguar to format it? I'm REALLY hoping it doesn't come to that, the guy whose trading with me (possibly) HAS system discs to fix it with already, so I'm crossing my fingers he'll trade. ^^

I read somewhere Yellow Dog Linux works on Macs, this true? I guess alot of computers will work with Linux, since its unix based. ^^

I'm asking about the format thing, cause I didn't have a lot of free space left on the laptop when it stopped working cause of a backup of some music CD's. I wonder, if there a way to check my hard drive space from withing the UNIX? command so I can see if its possible to install linux from a CD-rom?

Thanks

Lee
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Subject: New Member
Author: TrickyRic3    Posted: 2005-09-20 06:55:25    Length: 476 byte(s)
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unix and unix-like systems such as gnu are relatively architecture independant, not proprietary to x86; and yes, yellowdog is known for its mac optimisation.

as for formatting, this works independant of the file system or format used, and thus any gnu distribution based around an installer with gnu parted support (eg, the anaconda installer used by fedora/redhat) should work. please note i have no experience with mac's though so this is pure speculation...
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