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John Lee
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Hi:
I want to install Linux on my computer, here is my plan:
Buy a new hard disk drive;
Install Linux on it;
I bought a RedHat_5.2 ~4 years ago, never install them, are they still working?
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Michael Ernest
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More than likely it will work.
 
John Lee
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Thanks, Michael.
I am not sure what is the latest version, I am not even sure whether Red Hat is the best one out there. But I guess I will spend my time reading posts, hopefully I will get the idea.
 
Ashok Mash
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You might also have to get loads of latest drivers off the net as your distro may not have updated versions of most of the devices in your PC (unless your machines is quite old). It might be worth downloading a latest distro, may be. Just a though.

Ashok.
 
John Lee
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Thanks, Ashok.
 
girish rateshwar
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Hi don,
well u would have to download loads of device drivers, as presumed by ashok.
y dont u get the latest one rite away. may b u can also get to know much about GRUB, also the new version of apache server and moreover most of the drivers available.......so not much of a trouble to u.
i got RED HAT7.3 free with a magazine worth $2

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John Lee
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Thanks for the information! Girish.
I guess I made the mistake then, now the only way to avoid making further mistake is to throw it away.
 
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You better try redhat8.0. it should be a lot better kernel support (and nice look and feel).
But be ware that if you want to work with Websphere5.0 on your box and Domino suite/or db2 product, you better try to use redhat 7.3(kernel 2.4.10) on it. Basically, ibm product support on kernel 2.4.10 which is redhat 7.3 version.
If you want to use oracle 9i on your box, then you should tweak the oracle script a little bit. but you can find out how to do it through google search easily. i am not sure of Oracle 9i and Linux 8.0(currently kernel version 2.4.18 to 2.4.24)
hope that it will help your linuxing.
 
John Lee
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thanks a lot!
 
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Now that's what I call a delayed response.
BTW, if you want to play with Linux but not have to commit mayhem on your hard drive, get a copy of Knoppix. It boots and runs from a CD. Performance is limited to CD speeds, of course, but it's loaded with goodies. If you like it, then you'll feel better settup up your hard drive for Linux. If not, just eject the CD and play Frisbee with it.
On RedHat 5, the oldest version actively supported by Red Hat is now 7.2, I think. That's a 2.4 kernel. They just dropped 6.2, which was a 2.2 and the last one to be able to run out of the box on a 486.
If you have USB devices, you'll want a 2.4 kernel, but in that case, probably the latest&greatest RedHat (or SuSE, Debian, or whatever).
 
John Lee
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thank you very much! i am now working on freeBSD. i hope to get back to Linux soon!
 
Greg Karpov
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Hello Don,
could you explain,please, what is the reason you want to move to Linux from FreeBSD?
Actually I've thought that BSD's are much more stable and secure and considering to move toFreeBSD from Linux
 
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Hi Don,
RH 5.2 was nice but it is VERY OLD. It would be like going back to Windows 286.
You can download the Mandrake 9.1 three CD ISO set for free from Mandrake or you can go to CheapBytes and purchase the set for around $5.
 
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