[TAG] please recommend books about Linux
lpitcher at sympatico.ca
Sat Feb 3 19:32:12 MSK 2007
Perhaps I can help a bit...
On Saturday 03 February 2007 00:57, JOHN INGRESS wrote:
> Thanks. I have to admit I have not yet taken your
> advice, though they sound like good suggestions. I
> did, however, find Marcel Gagne's book Moving to Linux
> at the library.
/Excellent/ choice. Marcel writes well and covers the basics to a "tee". It
sounds like you got the 1st edition of M2L from the library; the 2nd edition
is more up to date, and Marcel has come out with "Moving to Ubuntu Linux"
just recently. All these books come with a "live boot" cdrom (although, it
sounds like your library removed the one in M2L) that makes learning and
migration a lot easier.
For what it's worth, Marcel also runs an internet-based user group (the
WFTL-LUG), with webpage, email and IRC support. You are always welcome to
come over to http://www.marcelgagne.com/wftl-lug/index.html or email
wftl-lug at salmar.com, or even stop in for an IRC chat at chat.marcelgagne.com,
channel #wftlchat. Marcel is usually around, and there are lots of us (you
might have gathered that I'm involved :-) ) to help.
> He mentioned Mandrake. I went to their
> site, now Mandriva, and downloaded Mandriva One, a
> free release (I'm willing to pay, but my needs are
> light...no gaming, just music, video, word
> processing.) However, when I try to open it,
OK, I guess that this is the first problem we have to address. What you
downloaded will be a file that, when burnt to CDROM or DVD, will be an entire
CDROM's worth of files. Have you burnt the file to CDROM? (Note, you burn it
as a "CDROM image", not as a file)
Most of those downloadable Linux systems (or "distributions", as we call them)
are meant to be burnt directly to CDROM first. Installation (or "live boot"
execution) is done from the CDROM. If you don't have a burner, or can't get
the download to burn properly, then there are places that will sell you (for
low dollars) a CDROM (cheapbytes.com, iirc) and some distributions (like
Ubuntu) even offer a CDROM mailed to you for free (absolutely no cost,
neither purchase nor postage, see https://shipit.ubuntu.com/ )
There /are/ a few downloadable distributions that are small enough to be
unzipped to a floppy (tomsrtbt, for instance), but these distributions don't
have the GUI tools that a beginner might feel more comfortable with. They are
for hard-core commandline junkies, or people who want a "rescue" disk.
> says it can't find the file to open it, and I get lost
> after that. I've had MS Windows for 5 years, which I
> installed, and I have downloaded a dozen or two
> programs, but I'm still a newbie, I need specific
> instructions in some cases. Like this one. Any help
> would be most appreciated. The "Blue screen of Death"
> is killing me! Thanks. John
Hope this helps.
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