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My wife on Linux

David O'Meara
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Joined: Mar 06, 2001
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Probably better for MD, but I put it here anyway
So, last night I managed to get my wife using Linux on the dual boot Redhat7.1/win2k box I set up at home.
The interesting thing is that I'm fairly sure she wasn't aware there was even an option to windows. (keep in mind I'm no expert, this is my first real oportunity to play with a Linux box - it took me about 15 minutes to work out how to create an account for her)
I'm hoping in the future to slowly increase her usage to web surfing and possibly a bit of word processing.
Anyone else had success in an incremental approach introduction to Linux?
Greg Harris
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Joined: Apr 12, 2001
Posts: 1012
i started using linux (redhat 7.0) about 2 years ago when i built my first machine... i had a triple-boot with win98 and win2k.
since then, i have used linux for programming and cpu processor modeling (for a class at school). i have upgraded to 7.1 and now to 7.2.
my win2k partition gave me A LOT of headaches, so i have not booted it in over a year. my win98 partition crashed for the 5th time 3 months ago, and i have NOT booted windows since!
i am currently using Redhat 7.2, Star Office 5.2 and Opera... i have not needed to use windows since (by the way, my DVD drive works on linux).
the moral of the story is: you can get into linux gradually like i tried to for 2 years... or you can *fdisk* your windows partition and learn out of neccessity!


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David O'Meara
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Yeah, wasn't quite ready to take the plunge.
Even though I had a number of problems getting the dual boot working, I still consider it time well spent.
The only real problem I'm having is that the modem is a steaming pile and I haven't managed to get it running in Linux yet.
Got the windows partition mounted though, which makes life much easier.
Frank Carver
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Joined: Jan 07, 1999
Posts: 6920
I guess there are lots iof ways of getting "into" something like Linux. In my case, although I use it extensively (I currently have 5 computers running Linux here in my home office, and make use of another half-dozen or so), I still don't use any of them as a desktop replacement. All the Linux systems I use are essentially servers, so I'm baffled and uncomfortable when it comes to using with X and all those graphical thingies.
My wife uses Acorn RiscOS, Windows 2000 and Windows 98 for desktop apps on three of my machines, but the only use she "sees" of Linux is as a mail server, internet gateway and file server.


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Greg Harris
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Joined: Apr 12, 2001
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Originally posted by David O'Meara:
The only real problem I'm having is that the modem is a steaming pile and I haven't managed to get it running in Linux yet.

i had a problem with my modem on 7.0 or 7.1 before... i had to actually edit the driver file for my modem manually because a setting was not being set correctly through KDE or Gnome.
i know this is not very informative, but i am on a windows ( ME ) machine and obviously cannot look for the file.
i will see if i can find it tonight or tomorrow and tell you what i changed.
Gregg Bolinger
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I had my MAIN computer at home Windows/Linux off and on for about 2 years. I recently bought a laptop and have XP on it. The day after I got my laptop I rebuilt my MAIN box at home to 100% SUSE Linux 7.3. SUSE is my favorite distro so far. I was able to get my IDE CD-RW working, my modem works, everything except for my scanner. There is no support for it yet in SANE.
I am working on getting a modular 2nd Hard Drive for my Laptop that I will install Linux on, then I can boot whatever OS I want on my laptop without having to partician the drive.


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Brian Glodde
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Joined: Jun 27, 2001
Posts: 171
I had a number of problems getting the dual boot working
I run SlackWare which has 2 additional installations on the setup CD for FAT32. One is for folks who don't want a full blown Linux install "ZipSlack" and then a 2nd that can be installed on FAT32 for those who want the full Linux install, but don't want to repartition.
I haven't tried the FAT32 installs, but they might be an option to those who find wrestling with dual-boot frustrating.
 
 
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