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well i finally got it installed.

now im new to linux, so any good words of advice for a newbie at linux?

basic things i should know?
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Anything you're doing - do it with the terminal
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post #13 of 17
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im not installing linux on my main machine.

it's going on a dell P4 2.8
640 mb ram



also what is the difference between primary and logical?
You can have up to 4 primary partitions on one disk. But you can make one of them an extended partition, which allows unlimited logical partitions within it.

My tip is to use google and your distros wiki when you run into trouble. Usually you can solve it without resorting to forums.
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post #14 of 17
If you have only 640MB of RAM, then you possibly need a SWAP partition. So, scratch what I said earlier. You can try it without SWAP and see how it goes, but if you experience strange freezes or errors, it could be that you're running out of memory.

BTW, what distro have you installed and what are you using it for? Curiosity? Or is there some purpose (such as a firewall box?)

You asked, "now what?' Well, I would take the advice of rabidgnome and try to use the terminal as much as possible. First thing to do is make sure you understand the Linux file system and how to move around in it from the terminal. It's simple actually. You can move around via the "cd" command. Learn how to view contents of directories with "ls" and learn how to view contents of specific files with "cat." Also learn about file permissions and the chmod and chown commands. Later you can learn more advanced stuff such as "piping" commands and bash scripting, etc.

Never login as root, especially while connected to the net. Anything that requires root privileges should be done individually and then the terminal should be closed immediately thereafter.

Good luck.
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Frankly, with Linux, just use it as you want to, and whenever you don't know how to do something, look it up. It'll come to you in time.
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Thank you all for the help
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What distro did you choose?
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