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Dark Skies
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 11:40 am    Post subject: Newbie HELP!!! Reply with quote

HIYA,
I'm a newbie to linux and just bought my CDs from ebay. Now the guy I bought it from had a picture that showed a graphical interface and the header said it was way better than Windows and that MS was afaid of it. Now my question is... Is there a NO BS aproach to loading this software Graphically like Redhat 7.1? Letting the software do it's thing as you wait? I have the book on Gentoo downloaded and have gone over it many times only to throw my hands up and say forget it. I'm also saying whoever wrote this book must live in a friggin basement with NO life! My PCMCIA card is powered on, but fails the IW/IFCONFIG ETH0 and WLAN0. Like I was when I first started to learn DOS/Windows I had human assistance to guide me and now I'm a damned good Tech/Network Tech with degrees to which I want to do with Linux but this is really pissing me off. I know I can't learn this over night but if everyone says Linux is such a simple answer to Windows, why is there so much programing involved in getting to a Graphic Desktop and beyond? I really need some assitance with this, I'm LOST!!!!!!!!!!!! BTW, if you're going to write a book on how to program, it might be wise to change the color of an example to RED and the real motive(what needs to be done) GREEN so you don't confuse the hell outta newbies!

Jon:evil:
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, Gentoo is not really a distribution for people who are installing Linux the first time. Compared to other distributions it has a very complex setup procedure.

If you want to start using Linux you should have a look with Knoppix. It's a insert and run distribution on one CD. You don't even have to install it.
There are also other distributions with graphical installer like SuSE (now owned by Novell) and Fedora Core.

If you are starting to know all the Linux stuff later you will have less troubles with Gentoo.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hm, you can get any info here http://www.linux.org/docs/beginner/install.html

I am working as support, so I started from there :) you can get all info you need from there.

Good luck!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, in Gentoo it's not an easy task to get a runnable desktop environment (for beginners). But there are other Distributions, like SuSe or Mandriva which offer their users graphical setups' just like windows does. They have in most cases also a good hardware auto detection, so you don't have to mess around with configuring your hardware.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As mentioned above, Gentoo isn't recommended for newbies. But if you're up for a challenge, it can be done! You just have to be willing to sink your fingers in and work with it a bit to figure out what works and what doesn't. These forums are chock full of helpful tips for when you get stuck, so if you're willing to work a bit then go for it! If you want something to pop in and install itself, look into Fedora or Ubuntu.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am living proof someone with very little knowledge can install gentoo.

I actually deleted my net.eth0 ........ who does that?

No worries. I got it installed fine, only took me a few days fiddling around with it, and it worked perfect.

I installed KDE.. :?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Documentation, Tips & Tricks to Duplicate Threads, please don't crosspost:

https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-361127.html
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