well acklan...thinking about saying something to newbies made me realize that i have had difficuly learning to run linux. in fact it's been quite frustrating from the start. but i kept trying because i was bound and determined to learn linux. i would hate to say anything critical about any operating system but there does seem to be a problem with finding suitable explainations. for example; when i downloaded my first iso and burned it to cd. i had merely copied the iso rather than making a bootable cd. 3 times i did this in 2 days till i found something that explained what i was doing wrong. sheesh, i 've seen where some people have given up at this point and posted some nasty flames about it on some boards, looool. anyways the explaination is that your burning software does the converting itself. you just have to select the correct option. in my case i have sonic that came free with my machine. there are a couple of other good free ones available also. i finally read the help file and found my answer. i was selecting the wrong option.
so now i have a bootable live cd of knoppix 3.8. let's reboot and see what happens. fortunately my computer will boot from cd rom so i didn't have to learn how to edit my bios. i don't know if i would have continued to expirement at this point if it didn't because i might mess up my computer. but i was good to go. ok, i have knoppix running, now what? looooooool. it looks great but i have no clue what to do, loool. i think i managed to play a game of solitare and even open a browser and go on the web. but i quickly realized that i would be unable to save anything (images, bookmarks, etc) so i didn't understand the advantage of running a live cd. so back to my precious xp i go.
after awhile i see something called puppy linux. it's fast and small. well i have to give this a try, afterall i know how to burn a cd now. it was a disaster. there was a problem with the mouse. i couldn't move the cursor on the screen. i had to manually power off the machine. so using my xp i searched around for a solution and tried again. it just wasn't going to work on this machine so back to xp i go.
then i find a magazine at the bookstore that said it was easy to install linux. it had the cd's and a guide. it seemed risky to me but i went for it anyway. there's just too much talk about linux on the web so i had to find out for myself what this linux thing is. so now i have mandriva 2005 installed. it was easy as said. woooohooooo, i am an official linux user now, looooooool. i actually have a dual boot machine now. but wait, there's problems. there's a new version out and it's recommended that everyone should upgrade. it took awhile and i had to reinstall a couple of times and i had problems learning how to use it and configure it and install plugins and edit my xorg configuration but it's now a solid operating system on my computer and i find myself using it quite frequently. when i'm not running live cd's, looool.
i'm using a live cd to make this post. PCLinuxOS. it's been running about 3 days now. i figured out that i can upload my screenshots and bookmarks to the web somewhere so i don't need to save anything. knoppix is now at version 5.0 and i think everyone that owns a computer should have this cd. they say it will do anything. puppy is now at version 1.0.8 and this version runs great on my machine. it responds so well that it scares me, loool.
so that's my story fwiw. i do like to run live cd's tho. i think i have about 50 of 'em. each one is more amazing than the last. whatever problems come up are easier to solve now because i know my around a little bit. so for you newbies i say don't try to learn it all at once because there's about a million new words and programs to explore. i still don't understand what to do with a tarball or a binary.
I can no longer sit back and allow Microsoft infiltration, Microsoft indoctrination, Microsoft subversion, and the international Microsoft conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious open source GNU/Linux operating systems. General Jack D. Ripper.