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My first "Windows Anonymous" session

by coldmiser (Hermit)
on Jul 19, 2003 at 02:49 UTC ( #275809=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


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in thread My first "Windows Anonymous" session

Well, like I said in my origional post, I installed RedHat on a secondary system (the installation seemed almost "windowish" to me) and I have been playing with it all day (I even installed a couple of rpm packages). Still trying to figure out how to do some things that are simple in Windows (for instance installing Netbios on my Ethernet card) but RedHat has so far been (I believe) a good starting point for me. I was suprised when I typed "dir" accidently at a command prompt and it actually worked.

Maybe I will blow away the redhat install and try FreeBSD (but not this month) I don't keep data on this machine so blowing it away and reformatting to a new OS is not a problem. Are the different versions of Linux THAT different from each other?

After I get my network protocol problem resolved, all I have to do is figure out how to install from a CD Drive that is NOT bootable and I'll install it on another system.

Oh, I found that I can use Remote Desktop Client to connect to my Win2k Server. And I found that I can use WinaXe to connect to my Linux box from my Windows PC (but that way costs $150 - Is there a cheaper way to do that?)


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Re: My first "Windows Anonymous" session
by sauoq (Abbot) on Jul 19, 2003 at 03:05 UTC
    I was suprised when I typed "dir" accidently at a command prompt and it actually worked.

    Oh?! This is the first I've learned of that too! No matter, though; there's an easy fix¹ run rm /usr/bin/dir as root...

    1. No, I don't recommend that you actually "fix" it. Who knows how many default redhat scripts rely on its existence? But... well... *shudder*.

    -sauoq
    "My two cents aren't worth a dime.";
    
Re: My first "Windows Anonymous" session
by jsprat (Curate) on Jul 19, 2003 at 03:08 UTC
    If you're playing with Redhat, run - don't walk - to freshrpms.net and get apt for rpm, then install synaptic. It'll make your life easier for both software installations and updates.

    To connect to the linux box from your Win32 box, either install Cygwin/XFree86 or vnc. VNC is easier to install and configure, but XFree86 is more flexible. Both are free.

    Good Luck!

Re: My first "Windows Anonymous" session
by SyN/AcK (Scribe) on Jul 19, 2003 at 06:25 UTC

    Still trying to figure out how to do some things that are simple in Windows (for instance installing Netbios on my Ethernet card)

    What you likely want is Samba.

    I was suprised when I typed "dir" accidently at a command prompt and it actually worked.

    You'll likely find a few commands that are the same, or slightly different. Like ipconfig on Windows, is ifconfig on Linux.

    Are the different versions of Linux THAT different from each other?

    Well, yes and no. It depends on what ones you are comparing. Redhat and Mandrake are very similar, especially in that they are both very Windows like. Redhat tailors things to its own needs, similar to Windows. Debian and Slackware are comparable, I guess. I would call them the more "workman" class, if that means anything to you. Debian and Slackware will provide more functionallity for an advanced user, at the price of a bit tougher install. They are also typically not as bloated as Mandrake and Redhat, but this of course depends on what you decide to install. Gentoo and some of the bootable from a disk linux versions are really small, WindowManager-less (unless you install your own), but extremely fast.

    I guess it all depends on what you want to use the machine for. If I was going to run a server, I would typically choose FreeBSD (most secure out of the box), or Redhat (largest community, so makes sense it would get the fastest updates). For programming needs, I choose Debian especially since the apt-get program will give you a boner. For a personal computer, I typically use Mandrake (just like it, that's all), or Debian. For the fun of it, I also like playing with Gentoo.

    After I get my network protocol problem resolved, all I have to do is figure out how to install from a CD Drive that is NOT bootable and I'll install it on another system.

    Your CD drive is not bootable? I don't want to make it sound like I think you're stupid or anything, but have you tried to change that in the BIOS? Most CD drives these days are bootable. If your BIOS won't let you change it, you can try flashing the BIOS, hoping that a newer version will support this functionallity. If all else fails, do a network install. You should be able to find some version of Linux that will give you the capability to load minimal drivers onto a floppy so that you can do a network install.

    Oh, I found that I can use Remote Desktop Client to connect to my Win2k Server. And I found that I can use WinaXe to connect to my Linux box from my Windows PC (but that way costs $150 - Is there a cheaper way to do that?)

    Yes, how about SSH? Your linux system will have the capability to be an SSH Server by default (may require setting this up, but the stuffs all there), then you can get the Putty SSH client and install it on your Windows machine. Also, if you have to have a Graphical Remote Client to your Linux box, you can try using VNC. I believe there is a VNC server available for some flavors of Linux, and you should be able to get a VNC client for Windows easy enough. I'm assuming they'll work together.

    Hope this helps.

      I guess it all depends on what you want to use the machine for. If I was going to run a server, I would typically choose FreeBSD (most secure out of the box), or Redhat (largest community, so makes sense it would get the fastest updates). For programming needs, I choose Debian especially since the apt-get program will give you a boner. For a personal computer, I typically use Mandrake (just like it, that's all), or Debian. For the fun of it, I also like playing with Gentoo.
      What, no mention of OpenBSD for most secure out of the box? Heck, its /usr/bin/perl is even 5.8.0 (as of 3.3). I use this exclusively at home - the only beef I have is the poor support (which I last tried in 3.2) for Java.

Re: My first "Windows Anonymous" session
by Rex(Wrecks) (Curate) on Jul 21, 2003 at 17:43 UTC
    Cool, glad to see you are up and running and starting to play around.

    Samba was covered below for Windows file sharing. The "dir" is an alias of "ls -al" that is set up by default in RedHat.

    As for different distros, the Linuxes are a little different, but most of it is "look and feel", under the hood the kernel is the same. However, FreeBSD is NOT Linux, it is another OS but out by Berkley. There are actually several distros of BSD as well, FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD are the more common. They are unix variants as well that run thier own kernels, not Linux Kernels. The file system is similar, but still different on the lower levels. BSD is worth looking at as well, should you get the time. I like it a lot, but that is my personal preference, evaluating the different OS's to make an educated choice on a preference is highly recomended :)

    Good luck, I hope you don't get too frustrated, once you pick up the basics, you might start really liking it.

    One other tip I have for learning any OS fast, use that machine for everything you do on a daily basis, e-mail, surfing, working, everything, this will force you to start learning more and more.

    "Nothing is sure but death and taxes" I say combine the two and its death to all taxes!

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