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  1. krzyhobo

    krzyhobo IncGamers Member

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    Linux and me?

    I have some questions pertaining to my growing interest in Linux. If you could either provide some definitive info or link to reading material I'd be eternally grateful :D

    1. As this will be my first time using something other than DOS/Windows, is there a particular distribution of Linux that will be particularly user friendly (not necessarily simplistic, just easy to understand) and easy to get running succesfully?

    2. What's the story with Window Managers? Do they come packaged with the OS distributions or do I need to make a decision about that as well? If they are a seperate issue, does anyone have recommendations? User friendly is also the modifier I'm looking for here.

    3. I'm using a laptop with a D-Link brand wireless card. Will I be able to get this working given that its bundled software is Windows only? Running an ethernet cable isn't really an option.

    4. Is it wise for a new user to run Linux exclusively? What are the pros/cons to running a dual-boot with Windows?

    5. Software availability. What are my options for word processing, instant messanging, media (movies and music), CD burning, and last-but-not-least Diablo 2? :D

    6. Am I an idiot for wanting to do this without a thick reference source on the subject?

    That'll do it for now. Thanks in advance y'all.

    edit: By the way, I'm already in the middle of downloading the KNOPPIX ISO.

    edit 2: What's the deal with Wine? Does it work?
     
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    Redhat or fedora will do you fine.
    The GUI comes packaged with most distributions to include Fedora/redhat
    Hmm, no personal experiance with wireless. I'd do a google search for linux help forums and find one of the many communities that would better be able to answer these questions.
    I run duel boot with no problems. I wouldn't go linux exclusive right away as that if there is an issue you will still want to boot to something else to get online and ask about it. Make sure you set aside lots of space for linux though. You tend to start down;oading a bunch of cool free stuff that eats up memory. You may even want to look at a second hard drive to install linux from. That is as long as you have a spare slot free.
    WP: you will have full compatibility with all windows formats I've encountered.
    IM: Gaim will give you better access to every IM program i can name
    Media: takes some set up with many distrobutions but once you get that set you shouldn't have many problems.
    CD burning: never given me any hassle
    D2: WinE is supposed to give compatibility to many windows games but I'm not sure about D2 and I think the program is a bit hard to use. I think there is also a program available for purchase that offers compatibility with lots of windows games. This will be the biggest challenge.
    Just find someone who you can call if you get in a jam. That and there is lots of info available online.
    This will be a great intro for you. It's also a handy CD to have around in case you run into trouble with the comp. Id test your wireless with this and if it works there then you should be pretty good.
    It does but it isn't a real intuitive program. you really have to learn it.
     
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    krzyhobo IncGamers Member

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    Thanks a bunch. Once I make some progress I'll be back with status and likely more questions.
     
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    1: I'm thinking Ubuntu or Fedora. Google for their names. If you decide to try Ubuntu, you should also try Debian.

    2: Ubuntu comes with Gnome by default and, IIRC, Fedora comes with KDE. Gnome is probably the best WM for a newbie.

    3: Probably. Google for "brand name" + linux.

    4: No. You'll want to dual-boot, at least in the beginning. It can get VERY frustrating if you don't.

    5: Documents: Star Office or OpenOffice.org. I recommend OpenOffice.org
    IM: Gaim or aMSN. aMSN probably blends in better with the Gnome environment, but i prefer Gaim.
    Music: XMMS.
    Movies: Mplayer, VLC or Totem, for example.
    CD: xcdroast or k3b. I'd go with xcdroast.
    Diablo 2: Cedega(aka transgaming) or Wine. Go read some documentation on them.

    6: Yes. The key phrases to success are "RTFM" and "STFW". Seriously. Read the manual.

    Yes, Wine works, but not very often. It's a real pain to get working, which is why I think you should dualboot.
     
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    1: I'm thinking Ubuntu or Fedora. Google for their names. If you decide to try Ubuntu, you should also try Debian.

    2: Ubuntu comes with Gnome by default and, IIRC, Fedora comes with KDE. Gnome is probably the best WM for a newbie.

    3: Probably. Google for "brand name" + linux.

    4: No. You'll want to dual-boot, at least in the beginning. It can get VERY frustrating if you don't.

    5: Documents: Star Office or OpenOffice.org. I recommend OpenOffice.org
    IM: Gaim or aMSN. aMSN probably blends in better with the Gnome environment, but i prefer Gaim.
    Music: XMMS.
    Movies: Mplayer, VLC or Totem, for example.
    CD: xcdroast or k3b. I'd go with xcdroast.
    Diablo 2: Cedega(aka transgaming) or Wine. Go read some documentation on them.

    6: Yes. The key phrases to success are "RTFM" and "STFW". Seriously. Read the manual.

    Yes, Wine works, but not very often. It's a real pain to get working, which is why I think you should dualboot.

    Oh, and don't run any of the following commands:
    Code:
    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=1024
    chmod -R 777 /
    rm -rf /
     
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    The important thing is to take it slow. Really get to know Linux before you pop the question. Good luck.
     
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    Most of this was covered already...

    I only use Windows at work (since I'm the Computer Specialist) and for D2 gaming at home. Once I get a new PC at home, I'll be running D2 exclusively through WINE and will retire my Windoze partition. Mad Merlin and I are both successful running D2 on Bnet - the only reason I don't do it regularly is speed since I've got a funky WINE config I'm using to ressurect a HDD.
    EDIT - I never browse the web from my Windows partion anymore...

    There are a number of sites discussing D2X on WINE, you should be able to find them on Google.

    As to ease of use, you might try the distro formerly known as Lindows, now called Linspire. I've heard that the weakness is that they allow you to operate as root (aka administrator) as a default - though that's certainly no different from Windoze. Most modern distros I'm aware of allow you to perform the steps needed to dual boot, assuring Microsoft that they still have you by the short & curlies.

    EDIT 2 - time for a little true humor - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/03/23/xbox_no_problem/
    If M$FT can't own you, maybe they'll just make you have an 'accident'. One of those undocumented features, I suppose.
     
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    Thanks guys,
    Sorry it took me so long to respond. I've been doing a lot of research and am actually now posting this using my wireless internet via FC3. :D I'm having a blast, but I have this feeling that Fedora is somewhat bloated for my tastest and am considering trying another distro. I'll check out the aforementioned Ubuntu and Linspire, as well as others, and report back.

    I haven't gotten around to trying much in the way of other software yet.
     
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    If you are looking for some fun at school and such, PHLAK is always good it boots up looking like XP. . .come up with your own uses.


    I have found Slackware to my liking, although I hear it is actually a harder distro to learn. I picked it out a long time ago and it fits how I work so I use it.
     
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