| 8:28 pm on Jan 12, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Congratulations NFFC! But could you simplify your installation tutorial a little, I kept trying to follow your instructions but I could not insert the CD. Should I do the second step first? ;)
| 9:12 pm on Jan 12, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Air, this is the truth, it took me longer to find the CD than it did to install. :)
| 9:26 pm on Jan 12, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Just poking some fun at ya... have you had a chance to take it out for a test drive? If you did, what do you think so far?
| 9:36 pm on Jan 12, 2002 (gmt 0)|
> If you did, what do you think so far?
Very positive so far. At the stage of assessing it for business use [software costs can start to add up!] it looks to be a contender. Most of what we do is very straightforward, all processes are web based, if we can find a good solid platform then a lot of $ can be saved.
I would give it the NFFC 5 star award :)
| 10:03 pm on Jan 12, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Hehe, that's funny Air!
Welcome to the wonderful wold of free software.
| 6:59 am on Jan 13, 2002 (gmt 0)|
NFFC and I had a few exchanges while he was in Linux for the first time today. One day in and he is already using shell(!) and remotely installing packages. He also got himself familiar with gnome, KDE and a couple of the window managers.
| 7:19 pm on Jan 19, 2002 (gmt 0)|
O.K., I too am considering making the switch. My only concern has been the lost productivity that would inevitiably come from re-adjusting, and learning a bunch of new programs.
My first idea was to set up a separate box and begin getting comfortable with it over time. However, I noticed a few of the different nix sites sais that you could install it along side Win and run them both. From a practicality standpoint, Having both OS's on the same machine would work much better.
Is anyone doing this? If there is, are there any problems that may pop up that aren't mentioned?
| 7:59 pm on Jan 19, 2002 (gmt 0)|
>Is anyone doing this? If there is, are there any problems that may pop up that aren't mentioned?
One of my machines is configured with dual boot, windows and Linux. I see no difference from the machines where I run pure Linux. This particular machine was a windows only box, used for windows games and apps. I repartitioned using the partition app included with the Linux distro (the entire disk was a 20 gig FAT32 partition).
All went without a hitch. The FAT32 partition was reduced to 10 gig and the other 10 gig I allocated as an EXT2 partition for Linux. Now here's the really cool part. If you set up a box in this way, Linux can access and read the files on your FAT partition, so all of your windows files can be opened by Linux's various apps, like the Office suite, text editor's, HTML editors, etc. so you don't have to re-boot just to have a look at or work on some file that is sitting on the Windows system.
| 8:05 pm on Jan 19, 2002 (gmt 0)|
>lost productivity that would inevitiably come from re-adjusting, and learning a bunch of new programs.
I don't think you will find it a problem, they all [windows,mac,etc] work a *very* similar way on a user level. You could put a staff member in front of a mandrake box and they would be hard pressed to notice much of a difference, it is a very graphical and familiar enviroment.
> install it along side Win and run them both
With mandrake that is an option at install, it will create a seperate partition and allow the exsisting windows setup to remain. In my case I decided to just go for it and dispense with windows.
>The FAT32 partition was reduced to 10 gig and the other 10 gig I allocated as an EXT2 partition for Linux.
Don't let Air throw you with the geek speak, you just have to click yes or no.:)
| 7:49 pm on Feb 10, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Well, well, well, what a revalation!
Fast, stable, easy to use, in short a cracking OS. The only problem I have had is that there is so much software availible that the mind boggles, almost anything you need is out there and for FREE.
We will be slowly migrating the office over to Linux over the next few weeks, that may present a few challenges but the rewards are high for any business. The pure cost savings on software alone are compelling but couple this with the increased productivity from a fast and stable OS and it makes it a "no brainer" choice.
I'll let you know how we get on.
| 8:03 pm on Feb 10, 2002 (gmt 0)|
install it along side Win and run them both
How about doing so at the same time [webmasterworld.com]? ;)
| 4:14 pm on Feb 11, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Wow, I might get brave and try this. I would would really like to try Linux.
| 8:48 pm on Feb 20, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Now it gets "real", integrating Linux into the business world.
We have a couple of additional staff coming on board, in our business staff equates to hardware+software=$. We are not adverse to spending money but we try and avoid fixed overheads at all costs. We view a Microsoft software solution as a fixed overhead, if we do zero business we still need to pay the costs. With each additional staff member this overhead increases and can start to get out of synch with the other fixed overheads, software and the need for better hardware to run it could become our largest overhead.
So, enter Linux. We brought a couple of new machines with the intention of moving the old ones over to Linux, duel booting linux/windows on one other and [forgive me] trying to work out how Apple are still in business [brand new G4, oh my, oh my!].
The stage was set, a bunch of new machines and Internet access, lets see what can be achieved............
| 5:06 pm on Apr 1, 2002 (gmt 0)|
I am installing Mandrake 8.1 on a pentium I 166mhz MMX with 64 Ram. I have 1 disk cut in two partitions, C: , 2 gigs, and D:, 2 gis. I have copied all my installation files (extracted the ISO ) to D:\mdrk , and started the setup.
Everything is fine until i get aksed the partition where is copied mandrake linux Distribution, and then the dir or ISO containing the Mandrake Linux Distribution. i have tried D:\mdrk and it wont work.
Any sugestions please?"
| 6:52 pm on Apr 1, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Are you getting a lilo prompt at startup?
| 9:44 pm on Apr 1, 2002 (gmt 0)|
nah its okey i fixed it
since i was isntalling from the hd and it was inot a folder, i wanted to knwo which folder.. but without the whole line (d:\blabalba)
i gave it mdrk and it worked.
Thanks anyways ! :)
| 12:46 am on Apr 2, 2002 (gmt 0)|
but now i run in a new problem
i have installed linux, and after it starts uop, loads eerythihg and says ok to a thousand things, it shows me some sort of a logon menu wit simple graphix asking me the user and pass. But the problem is that my screen sort of flickers, and dissapears, eventually showing up after a few secnonds, but only showing for barely a second. At the end of the setup i did have a ill error saying that it ocouldnt display the font *fixed*.
I'd wanna reinstall everyihtng, but i dunt know how, because when i pop in the cd and the boot disk, it gives an irecoverable error. Is there any way to format the disk?