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> To Learn And Retain Knowledge, Whats the best distro to learn on?
Venom
post May 31 2004, 02:00 AM
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Total noob here! compiled 10 kernels so far just for the sake of doing it (seeing how long it would take for my pc). Now i'm ready to sit down and learn some junk! Any Ideas on the best distro to learn linux on? Knoppix? Gentoo? I'm not afraid of work, and I have time to spare when the kids are sleeping. I am willing to do a full install without a GUI, and willing to document my actions so I can write about what I did for other noobs to learn. I have intermediate VB skills, and embarrasingly huge amount of DOS, Windows knowledge (willing to forget it all if the need arises!). Lastly my wife bet me I cant do it! So for my sake and my future! I need to learn this stuff...

If this is amusing, Good! I want to feel that I will have fun doing this... so please don't bust my happy lil' bubble... for now at least.

Please let me, and other know what we need, and possibly where to get what we need before creating a whole new world! Yes! I have a phobia of penguins!

Thank you all in advance before I end this post.

Your's trully,
Venom
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post Jun 2 2004, 11:13 PM
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Ok! I think i'm understanding more than I did before. If I am correct this is what I'm doing, and why.
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USE="wxwindows samba mozilla gtk2 cdr dvd alsa bonobo videos oss mysql MMX sse gstreamer fftw flac mad mpeg nas xmms xv" <-- no idea what this is about? I am assuming it will be the programs initially compiled to the kernel.

CHOST="i686-pc-linux-gnu" <--system archittecture!

CFLAGS="-O3 -march=pentium2 -pipe -fomit-frame-pointer -mmmx -msse -mfpmath=sse,387" <-- Changes for my setup... supported GCC for pentium2, and -03 for all optimizations

CXXFLAGS="${CFLAGS}" <--understand this does something with the above line.

MAKEOPTS="-j2" <-- single processor setup

ACCEPT_KEYWORDS="~x86" <-- accept all x86 architecture compiles? (really no idea here)

GENTOO_MIRRORS="http://128.213.5.34/gentoo/ http://open-systems.ufl.edu/mirrors/gentoo http://gentoo.chem.wisc.edu/gentoo/ http://mirror.clarkson.edu/pub/distributions/gentoo/ http://gentoo.seren.com/gentoo" <-- emerge ftp links? not sure what this is?
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Please do tell me what I am understanding, and what I have no clue about. The GCC document pages are cumbersome to navigate and find the options Gentoo install is describing. I am muddling through, but hopefully getting somewhere. Btw, I have already formatted my first drive, configured partitions, activated swap, and mounted the drives! Yay for me! the only thing I didnt really understand was is asking me to create directories I needed besides the ones in the Gentoo Documentation. Any idea what other directories they are referencing?

Btw, when you say Gnome, or KDE compile time... makes me wonder which one would be best for my system?

PII 400 deshutes 512K
768MB Ram pc100
2x nVidia GeForce 2 MX 400 DDR 32Mb Svid-out
2x Compaq S700 19" (sony) monitors
10 gig Seagate 7200 Rpm (will house Gentoo)
30 gig Maxtor 7200 Rpm (Windows Xpoop)
30 gig IBM Firestar 7200 Rpm (backup)
TDK VeloCD 48x24x48 CD-RW drive

Better = best for my system? any ideas?
Yes! I made this thing from scraps! Mboard, CPU, and Case cost me a whopping $15 US dollars.... McGuyver would have been proud of me! biggrin.gif
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