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post Jan 23 2008, 05:14 PM
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Whats this Lie-nix Thing?

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I currently have Windows XP installed on my PC and I found a Ubuntu 5.10 Live CD I had from a while ago. I tried it out and noticed I couldn't connect to the internet (I typed in address bar of web browser and it said it couldn't be found). I use a Linksys WMP54GS, which is a Wireless - G PCI Adapter with SpeedBooster. I am wondering if what I experienced is normal and also if I installed Ubuntu or any type of Linux distro, would it recognize my Wireless Adapter and if not how would I make it be recognized (I still have the Driver CD if that is all I would need). I am planning on installing openSuse, kubuntu, or ubuntu (while keeping xp in a different partition) in the near future and would like to know if it would work and if it would work during installation or something I would do after.

Another question unrelated to this, my primary hard disk failed a little while back and I put a new one in and reinstalled windows. Now my primary hard drive is called E: and my slave drive is C:, if I install linux, will it know to go to the primary and not C:. I ask this because when I installed RealPlayer, it automatically assumed C: was my primary hard drive. Even if it would work, do you know a way to change the names without deleting any data.

Sorry I have a lot of questions but as my name might tell you, I am a noob.
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post Jan 23 2008, 09:44 PM
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Its GNU/

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Many wireless adapters do not have native support or linux modules just do not work yet. Instead there is ndiswrapper which in a nutshell implements windows API
so you can use your windows drivers. So yes the is normal. ndiswrapper probably comes with most distributions now days so it does not matter which ones you
choose. Most have some form of GUI tool to configure but not really straight for a newbie. So indeed you will have to configure your wireless adapter post installation.

linux does not use drive designations like windows, no c: d: etc. etc. Everything falls below root (/) including floppies and CDROM drives. Think of it as c:\ being
top of the tree and all directories fall below. So for example c:\ = / and so your cdrom drive would be /media/cdrom. The exact directory name is really
distribution dependent.

This guide is old but it will give you a good starting point on how linux works.

linux uses its own filesystem and so must be on a seperate partition from windows. You will have to resize an existing windows drive to free up some space.
It does not matter what drive you use. Leave it as free space since the installer will create the necessary partitions.
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