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This laptop uses Linux Xandros OS. My brother's laptop I am using. I can't remember how to do this. It seems odd you can't copy a friggin file. I just want to copy from floppy A to the hard drive. So, I need to be "root" instead of me, right? I know what the password is for root. How do I do this? Seems convoluted to do a basic operation.

 

P.S. If you know of a Windows-like OS shell other than Xandros, advise. I don't like this. There are some buggy things with it. And there is not even an FTP program associated with it.

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I'm using Fedora Linux here...right-click on your desktop, choose Disks, then choose Floppy. I haven't fiddeled with the Windows/Linux hybrids so it may not work for you. If you're really interested in giving Linux a go try Fedora or Suse..you'll be surprised at how alike to Windows they are while still retaining a definite difference :)

 

You shouldn't have to login as root in order to access a floppy unless it was set up that way with permissions. There's other Linux heads here who I'm sure would be glad to help you out...stick with it, it can be very rewarding once you start to get the hang of it.

 

P.S Cheat like I did and pick up a few Linux books ;)

 

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http://www.billheins.com/

 

 

 

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I figured out how to copy. Login as Root or Master or Head Dude or whatever, copy the file, change Owner to "ME." Then I can modify.

 

Once it's there, I can't view the floppy drive contents at all. Is that normal? I have to copy to hard drive and then modify the file.

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Sounds like a User Management problem. Try logging in as root and check your user account. Your user account should be able to run software, check mail, compose documents, download,etc. The root account should only be used for system maintainence...it allows access to every parameter of your software AND hardware environment and should be guarded wisely :)

 

My girlfriend ran Xandros for a bit but switched that machine back to Win2k....think she's gonna give Suse Linux a try on it next after she comes home from a visit to the folks :)

 

We have four machines here(actually 5 but we aren't using the fifth one at the moment) running four different OS's- WinXP Pro, WinXP Home, Win2k, and Fedora Linux. Using a cable router we can share files back and forth from any machine(in Linux the file sharing service that cooperates with Windows is called Samba;)).

 

Wish I knew more about Xandros to help you out but I think the key is permissions. Hopefully we'll get some more help in here :)

 

Darkon the Incandescent

http://www.billheins.com/

 

 

 

Hail Vibrania!

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It just doesn't seem right that when I am in the Xandros Word Processor and want to look at a file on the floppy, I can't even SEE the floppy. It is not even shown in the folder pick list. I need to go back in as Root and see if it shows up for Root head dude.

 

This word processor is buggy. It has some unexplainable things. Like its italics fonts that are part of it, they are not italics. But other stuff, totally unexplainable. Like buggy.

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Got another machine to experiment on? ;)

 

Try out Fedora, Mandrake, or Suse from here!

 

http://www.linuxiso.org/

 

I've heard about the buggines in Xandros but since I have never tried it I can't speak for myself. I think anytime they try to combine Windows with Linux it's a bad idea.

 

By the way, if you decide to take the plunge with Fedora you can go here and fill up on some great audio, video, and graphics apps for free :)

 

http://ccrma.stanford.edu/planetccrma/software/

 

I have had no problems like you have mentioned with either Red Hat or Fedora Linux...if you want to give them a try I can lend a hand getting you up and running.

 

Darkon the Incandescent

http://www.billheins.com/

 

 

 

Hail Vibrania!

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The Fedora, do you know if it has this built in?

 

- browser

- word processor

- GUI ftp program (like wsftp)

 

There was another Linux OS on here but it would not recognize my printer for some reason. So, my brother found out about Xandros, which has all of the stuff above (Open Office). But the first Linux deal on here (before Xandros), it did have a FTP GUI in it and it worked fine. Xandros does not.

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Fedora is packed with Open Office, ftp programs, php and mysql, even the Apache server is there! During install, if you have the room, choose to install everything (about 5 gigs or so). It comes with email programs, Mozilla browser( go to Mozilla and you can grab the Firefox browser and Thunderbird mail program if you want), all sorts of programming tools, and it even has Gaim and Licq (Linux versions of Aim and Icq)for internet chat :)

 

Darkon the Incandescent

http://www.billheins.com/

 

 

 

Hail Vibrania!

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