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Re: [SLUG] Intro and a question
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Intro and a question
- From: Heracles <heracles@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 24 May 2004 21:09:19 +1000
On Sun, 2004-05-23 at 18:31, Gary Bennett wrote:
> I subbed to SLUG last weekend, have read along for the week and thought it
> about time to introduce myself.
> In the next month or so I'm planning to buy a new machine. My current
> thinking is for a P4 2.8GHz processor with 512MB RAM and something like an
> 80GB HDD. I also think a combo CD/DVD reader/writer would be useful, and
> maybe a separate CD reader.
If you mean a drive that reads CD and DVD but only writes CDs then you
would be better to get a CDRW and a DVD reader. I have found that the
combo drives can be a problem. The CDs written on them are often
unreadable in regular CDROMs.
> System-wise I'm thinking of running Debian Woody
> on it.
Good luck, I've never go Debian to work anywhere near as well as
Mandrake or SuSE and I've tried many times over the past 10 years.
I personally would recommend either spending a lot of time learning the
Debian System or install a simpler version to use first.
(no flames please, I know Debian is the "Holy Grail" but it is not the
easiest version to begin with)
> And so on to the questions:
> As a relative newbie to Linux, will installing Debian cause me too much
> sleeplessness? Opinions "out there" seem to vary. I've been running Knoppix
> 3.3 off CD to begin to reacclimatise myself with Linux.
works OK when installed on the HDD as well, but can be a problem when
you want to add specialist programs.
> I'm planning on keeping the old machine around and hopefully access Optusnet
> cable for both. What sort of hardware would be needed to enable both
> machines to be connected to the net, and for my machines to be able to
> exchange files with each other (more from old to new)
Stay well and happy