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Thread: what distro for a newbie?




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    I want to try dual-booting Linux and Win XP home on my comp to give Linux a try and I was wondering what distro I should try? Also a tutorial on how to set up the dual boot w/XP would be nice. :cheers:

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    Mandrake and google/linux.

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    yeah mandrake is really sweet but don't forget to go here after you have done the installation or else you might be forced to think about scrapping the mandrake install ;)
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    I got Mandrake 9.1 installed this morning, and it seems really cool. 1 big question, how can i set up my wireless network in Linux. I have an SMC2662W USB adapter and I downloaded the Linux driver for it off of their site, but I dunno how to install it in Linux :o

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    i just checked their site and found that they are supplying drivers as tar balls i.e. a .tar.gz file
    if that is what you have got then follow these steps to install drivers.

    1) Unpack the archive file:
    tar xzvf <filename>.tar.gz
    in your case it should be
    tar xzvf SMC2662WV2_Linux.tar.gz

    2) Usually all the files are extracted into one directory. Change to that directory using cd command.

    3) Now you have to make or build the installation:
    Look for files with names like README or INSTALL. Instructions for installation are usually found there. You will find commands like:
    ./configure
    make
    make install

    i think it will work out this way...but do remember that i m a newbie myself as far as linux is concerned :p

    [EDIT]hey i forgot...all these commands need to be written in terminal[/EDIT]
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    well I found the README and it says to run "./setup.sh" from the terminal, but when i do that it spits out a bunch of errors

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    well there is no running away from those errors.
    you have to solve them. btw what does it say?
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    hmm It seems I finally got the drivers installed, I had to login as root :thumb: . Anyway I think that my USB adapter is now eth0, but I can't figure out how to set up the IP address and subnet mask to work w/ my home network, its all static btw :cheers:

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    Dammit After I posted that last message I went back into Linux and mye eth0 disappeared, there was only the loopback when i did ifconfig. Also the fvnet utility that I was using to configure the essid and such for my wireless adapter now spits out an error "ioctl() failed" and doesnt run :snip: Im going crazy here please help

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