Somewhat lazy rookie...but very Linux motivated
Posted 08 December 2004 - 06:29 PM
Now, hardware. Presently I have an ATI AIW 9800 Pro to use for this computer. After looking around a bit it seems like ATI is not necessarily Linux friendly and even more so the AIW versions. So I am willing to get something else as far as video is concerned. This will be an Athlon 64 3400 (754) running on an MSI Neo Platinum motherboard. Are there any recommendations for other hardware choices? Again...as far as gaming and such I will be using the Win98 OS for older games so low power older video is okay and onboard sound. But as far as peripherals and such-I just wanted some suggestions. Thanks for any help.
P.S. Is Linux overclocker friendly as far as within the OS software (i.e. Powerstrip type programs)?
Posted 09 December 2004 - 01:59 AM
I was looking at the wireless network recommendations other places on this site and was wondering how agreeable Linksys stuff is since all the other computers will use Linksys (I tend to experience better throughput when the adapters are the same brand). I know Netgear seems to be the adapter of choice but will I have any luck with Linksys?
Any other recommendations?
Posted 09 December 2004 - 05:48 AM
I've not used Linksys wireless cards but do use their routers. Seems like I remember danleff was running a wireless Linksys card at one time.
I use the Netgear MA311 which works very well with my Linksys wireless "B" router. I know "G" is faster, but "B" is faster than I'll ever really need.
The advantage with the MA311 is it works very well and is reasonably priced!
Posted 09 December 2004 - 02:16 PM
I ordered SuSE 9.1 last night!
I am really just interested in delving into Linux from a curiosity standpoint - I use WinXP almost exclusively due to compatability but want to see what all the fuss about Linux is about. As stated before it will just be a hobby box. I remember seeing an article one time about a guy who had over 30 O/S partitions on a computer and used every single one of them...even DOS 3.0. At the time Win98 was the latest Win O/S but he had all sorts of Linux and Unix on his computer. Even O/S2 Warp. Anyway, if i run into any problems I will be sure to post them here. Thanks for all the help so far.
Posted 09 December 2004 - 03:30 PM
Please just keep in mind that the difference between Windows and Linux is the difference between a new Cadillac and a New Hummer! If you are patient and spend the same amount of time learning Linux that you did when you first learned Windows, you'll be all right. Take your time with the partitioning, the install and running SuSE 9.1. Expect to probably fail at all three at some point, and to have to try again! You are in new territory and will make mistakes. Learn from them rather than allowing your mistakes to deter you! BE PATIENT! Impatience is your worst enemy when learning Linux.
Was his name danleff by chance?
As I run SuSE 9.1 and the Netgear MA311, I'll be able to help. Just ask!
You're quite Welcome!
Posted 09 December 2004 - 03:34 PM
I don't use wireless so I'd be afraid to advise you. Anyone else?
You can always have them installed at OS installation. If SuSE sees and configures them, then you should be OK. If not, try wired to get going.
Posted 09 December 2004 - 05:10 PM
The box with Linux will be built purely to "mess up" but hopefully with separate partitions and such, recovery will be less painful. This is also why I am willing to do it as it will be on a separate computer than my main Windows run computer. I would love to get to a point one day when I am purely using the Windows computer to play Windows only games and using my Linux box as my main computer but for now that it a long way off.
I will try your recommendations and have all hardware present at initial install. Hopefully it will go smoothly.
the article was in maximum pc when it was boot magazine so my memory of the author or subject of the article is limited.
Thanks again and I will keep in touch as I progress....
Posted 09 December 2004 - 06:38 PM
That's gonna come sooner than you think! You think Windows XP install is easy? Wait till you see how easy the SuSE install is!
If this box is dedicated to SuSE 9.1 only, then I'd do three things for sure:
1. Just let SuSE figure out your partitions for you.
2. Install everything if you have the drive space.
3. Clear out your Windows box, and get ready to replace it with your new SuSE box
Posted 09 December 2004 - 08:43 PM
Suse 9.1 detected, and configured, mine perfectly during the install, which I should throw in, makes it simpler than setting one up on windows.
Posted 09 December 2004 - 11:40 PM
The proper name for such a system is "test box."
Sorry, could not resist! :p
Posted 10 December 2004 - 12:53 AM
Sorry..didn't mean to offend anyone by saying "mess up" vice test box! :p
I think I will just try it and see if I am destined to fail or rather destined to let go of my wayward Windows ways....
Thanks again guys...it will be a little while before I actually assemble it and install...
I would install everything anyway...can't see what it is like without testing everything....plus I have a 250Gb HD to install it on....