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Linuxhelp _ General Discussion _ Stupid new user

Posted by: qwerty111 Jan 29 2006, 09:15 PM

Hi Guys
This dumbo got all excited and bought Linux on Ebay. What a great deal! So I spent 3 days getting it installed and now have a Linux system. Great!

Now what do I do? How to access all of the stuff supposedly now on my 'puter. I'm getting tired of looking at the desktop. Tried clicking everything in sight to see what was there, can't seem to find any real programs like MSWorks which I used extensively. Had a real mess trying to get my printer to work, not even sure now 'cause I have nothing to print!

Any free guideline programs available on how to use the system? All I have been able to find are strange references like /ar/pdr de and things like that. Is this what I have to go through to open something? And where do I type these references to open something?

Please, someone help! Thanks.

Posted by: DS2K3 Jan 30 2006, 06:11 AM

Linux isnt like Windows. There is no single way to do things. Linux (more properly called GNU/Linux) is an operating system, which provides nothing more than a platform for other programs to run. What you are seeing is the combination of GNU/Linux, an "X" server (probably Xfree86 or Xorg) whcih provides the GUI platform, and a desktop manager (probably KDE or Gnome) which handles putting other programs into Windows, the icons on the desktop etc. etc.

Linux is normally obtained as a "distribution" - Which not only contains Linux (which isnt very useful by itself) but all the other programs (like X, KDE, Gnome, Office Tools) that make your computer into something recognisable as a desktop computer, (or a server, cluster, firewall, router etc. etc. depending on the distribution).

So, we need to know which distribution you are using, which desktop manager (KDE/Gnome) and EXACTLY what you want to do.

Kein mind that just like Windows isnt MacOS and cant run MacOS' programs, Linux isnt windows and cant run Windows programs. You will almost certianly have most if not all the tools you need at your disposal however.

KDE/Gnome both provide very Windows-like interfaces, so nothing should be too new or weird.


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