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sean
05-15-2002, 03:39 PM
It was the best of systems, it's now the WORS of systems. Sorry - I just thought I should add that since this story goes back to my English class. We had to do a dumb little comic strip thing, and being the nerd I am, I did all the graphics on my computer. I was quite proud of myself until someone at school commented on the fact that all the pictures looked like something out of one of those REALLY REALLY old Atari games. Then, being the nerd that I am, went home and cried to my Mom.... just joking - I actually agreed wholeheartedly. So then it dawned on me - Windows 3.1 isn't exactly state-of-the-art aymore. Well, to be specific it Windows 3.11 Business Edition. The difference being no solitaire and an email program that doesn't work. Where's a good place to get Linux CHEAPLY and what are the system requirements?

Unregistered
05-15-2002, 04:00 PM
Originally posted by Sean
It was the best of systems, it's now the WORS of systems. Sorry - I just thought I should add that since this story goes back to my English class. We had to do a dumb little comic strip thing, and being the nerd I am, I did all the graphics on my computer. I was quite proud of myself until someone at school commented on the fact that all the pictures looked like something out of one of those REALLY REALLY old Atari games. Then, being the nerd that I am, went home and cried to my Mom.... just joking - I actually agreed wholeheartedly. So then it dawned on me - Windows 3.1 isn't exactly state-of-the-art aymore. Well, to be specific it Windows 3.11 Business Edition. The difference being no solitaire and an email program that doesn't work. Where's a good place to get Linux CHEAPLY and what are the system requirements?

linux is free and the system requirements are a 486 for no graphics and for x-windows i believe they recommend a p90

http://www.linuxiso.org/

starX
05-15-2002, 04:40 PM
I'm willing to bet that since you're still using 3.1, the modern era of downloading .iso and burning the cd image is probably still more advanced then you can handle on your own system.

I'm not trying to insult you, but the best thing for you to do would be to quiz some of the other computergeeks in ytour area, and see if you can get them to burn you a copy of the latest redHat, mandrake, etc. Offer to pay for the CDs, and throw in 5 bucks for the trouble, and I'm sure you'll be able to conjur up someone who will do it for you.

Other than that, 30$ will get you redhat in a box w/manual and phone support, which is probably worth the 30$ if your new to linux... or you could really take a plunge and download some minimalist floppy disk-distro to get along with until you can burn your own redhat, mandrake, etc. Definitely the most frustrating, annoying, troublesome pain in the butt route to go, but it will also be the most educational.

Basically, you have two options; pay in money, or pay in time/effort. Either way, you'll probably get what you pay for... but this is coming from someone whose first install was a redhat 5.something that came with a book.

starX
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Lynux-Penguin
05-15-2002, 05:09 PM
You can download and burn Linux on to a CD though if your using Win 3.11 I suggest buying it in a package like get RedHat linux 7.2 (or whatever's available) and read the manuals
I actually suggest learning Linux before installing it otherwise you might get yourself into a bad position and not know what to do.

stautze
05-18-2002, 11:09 PM
>I actually suggest learning Linux before installing it otherwise you might get yourself into a bad position and not know what to do.

You might even get killed.

JasonLikesJava
05-21-2002, 11:17 AM
I screwed up Mandrake and reinstalled it twice before I finally got comfortable with it. :p

stautze
05-21-2002, 01:12 PM
At least you weren't seriously hurt.

JasonLikesJava
05-22-2002, 10:34 AM
But next time I might not be so lucky.....

Lynux-Penguin
05-25-2002, 12:12 AM
I have lost count the number of times I have reinstalled.
But mostly because it is my home-made distro and I keep adding components.
Still it is quite annoying.

For all newbies:
It is never NEVER necessary to reinstall a linux unless building one. Everything can just be restarted, recompiled or deleted. This is one of the great things about Linux.