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I did It
Installed Mandrake on my personal machine

 7:52 am on Feb 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

Finally made the jump to linux today after upgrading my hardware. I still have a bit of a learning curve ahead of me, but I'm looking forward to it. Spent over an hour trying to get the mouse wheel working though - lol. I decided it was about time when I noticed I was doing most of my development work over vi logged into my server remotely. Any tips for someone who just started?



 8:02 am on Feb 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

Dont give up thats the only advice I can give.

Congrats on the switch


 11:36 am on Feb 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

Congrats on taking the plunge.

I am a relatively new convert myself - no regrets.

Advice? Well I am still a bit of a newbie myself, but...

Once you have xwindows working as you like it, back up the XF86config-4 file (usually "/etc/X11/XF86config-4").

When you are playing around with settings it is easy to overwrite this by accident - well it was easy for me, anyway.

When I was a total newbie to Mandrake, I had to go through that mouse problem 3 times cos I kept accidently re-configuring the damn thing.


 11:52 am on Feb 2, 2003 (gmt 0)


Learn Vim, Lynx and Mutt (text, browser, email)

They're all text based apps and are very powerful. But, the best thing about knowing these programs is that if you ever lose your X-Server you can always get help and informaiton ;)



 2:32 pm on Feb 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

Switch to Debian ;)

After some initial problems and misunderstandings I like it better than my Redhat 7.0 system.



 8:37 pm on Feb 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

learn also the bash command interpreter
and work also in text console

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