[linux-dell-laptops] New to Linux/UNIX and need some help
- Here is the configuration of my DELL Inspiron 7500 notebook:
ATI Rage Mobility Pro 3D with 8MB Video RAM
XGA display (1024x768 max resolution)
6x DVD Drive
LS120 Super Drive
How do I get Linux with X Windows installed properly on to this
Where do I get the drive to use the LS120 Super Drive ?
I am very new to Linux, I have only been using since September.
I am taking an introductory class at school in UNIX, but I need more
the hardware stuff. I have been trying to get X Windows to work and I
have not been doing my school work or my housework. My mother wants me
to do my school work because I am not doing well in one of my classes
at school. So if anyone knows of some good books to help me with
getting X Windows to work I would like that.
Instead of purchasing books, your best bet is to use the internet. Some good
sites to try to learn a little more about Linux are:
www.linux.org - has plenty of "getting started" information
http://www.linux.org/hardware/laptop.html - lists information for specific
systems like the dell inspiron
www.rpmfind.net - contains a tool for searching for packages
www.freshmeat.net - a software repository for Linux systems
www.slashdot.org - its just kewl... 'nuff said
As far as suggesting a distribution of Linux, I suggest your best bet is to
get a copy of RedHat 6.1. It comes with a GUI install, which is nice if you
are new to Linux / Unix based systems. You can download the RH 6.1 image
straight from their website http://www.redhat.com/download/ or you can get a
copy from CompUSA for $20 that comes with a nice manual and installation
guide and StarOffice (which I do not suggest you install). It comes with the
choice of installing Gnome or KDE or both... I use Gnome. But if you have
the space... you might as well use both and find out which one you like
better. Other people may suggest OpenLinux to you as it is also up and
coming. But I can't offer as much advice. Hope this helps. later. --tj
- On Tue, 30 Nov 1999 21:04:02 EST, you wrote:
>I don;t know about Madrake but Suse has a very good X configuration tool which
>I am using Mandrake and also I am trying Open Linux.
makes it easy to get X up and running. Plus Suse comes with an excellent 400
page manual which covers most of the basics of getting linux up and running.