Phait Posted December 17, 2004 Share Posted December 17, 2004 Well and I dual-booted with Windows. http://www.phait-accompli.com/crap/mndrk1.jpg First, others might suggest a different distro, and that's fine, but Mandrake seems to be the compromise for me. I'm no hardcore developer so I don't really need alot of the development oriented stuff, or particular oriented distros. I usually prefer to have my Windows drive partioned in 2: one for main programs, the other for website dev stuff. Unfortunately I had to jump through a million hoops for some reason just to get the 2 seperate hard drives I do have, formatted and partitioned right - it never was a problem before... I believe the floppy disk for setting up the HDD is corrupted, and I managed to use XP cd's boot utilities and such. Anyway, now Windows is on just one drive, the 80gb, and Linux Mandrake is on the 20gb. I installed Mandrake on a friend's mutt computer as well - that was more hell to get prepared, I'm not even going into detail its overwhelming, but I can say I did get it working, and Mandrake installing there, although it said it'd take 2 hours. I told my friend to check in every half hour and put in the prompted CD each time. I have CD's 1 to 3 of Mandrake 10. It asked for a 4th disc, I didn't have it so I said 'no' and it finished installing. Kinda wonder what might've been on that 4th disc, probably some packages I chose. I'm stopping back over there today to see how it went. Anyway, back to my system. I'm still using Windows primarily (everyone else here is familiar with it even though all they do is browse the web). I'd hate to just ditch XP because I didn't pay for the upgrade, so we might as well use it still. Besides that, I still have to familiarize myself more with Linux. For isntance I have maybe 3 or 4 FTP programs and I couldn't connect in any of them. In Windows however I use something called Win SCP, which is a more secure FTP. I don't think the Linux FTP's I tried (I don't recall what they were), featured this protocol. I have KDE and GNOME environments installed, along with some others and right now I'm primarily using KDE. I recall installing something that was akin to the Windows file explorer interface, for managing files but I have to find it yet. Konquerer works, but theres a buncha options I haven't even gone through yet, and this applies to other programs and the OS itself! There is just so much, it can be overwhelming, but at the same time I really admire the depth. I'm already a bit familiar with the file system hierarchy as I also have Mac OS X, but I wouldn't consider myself confident with the UNIX file system yet. I really don't know any console commands yet, and I dont' think I'm going to be a power user enough to really be using the commnand line - but I understand the power of it and it's great it's there too. Besides the FTP problem, a minor thing is I installed Yahoo! Messenger and Firefox, and their shortcuts don't have their traditional icon. This is expected as other programs have their own icons... not sure what's up with that. But they both do work well. I am able to view the Windows drive in Mandrake, but I cannot see the Mandrake drive in Windows. What I might like to do is setup a kind of shared server where if I want, I can work with my webpages (Apache + PHP, already installed in Mandrake) on either OS, and edit the same files, instead of copying back and forth just for an updated file. I also was not able to copy a .JPG screenshot to the Windows drive. I know there are things I'm obviously overlooking as I'm really quite new to this, but these are just the few minor problems I'm having. Other than that it seems to be pretty solid. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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