Thursday, August 04, 2005

Fedora Linux Anyone?

I crossed a major hurdle this evening, with help and encouragement from Curtis. I decided that it would probably be a good idea to get a distribution of Linux going on my laptop before school started as I know that in at least one of my classes, all of our work will be done in that environment. The disclosure from last year stated that if one wasn’t familiar with setting up Linux, they might find that it would be a bigger hassle than its worth if they were to attempt it during the semester. So with that thought in mind, I set out to try and figure out what I needed to get this thing up and running.

I am happy to say that I am writing this blog entry in Open Office, installed on a Fedora 4 distribution of Linux! I will post to my blog from Firefox, and then call it a night. This dual boot system is a little cramped right now (only 10 gigs free space on both the Windows and Linux sides) but it is certainly enough to get things going.

This evening I managed to get the monitor resolution working as it should. I learned a lot, and having tackled the monitor hurdle, I think I am ready to work on wireless networking, and then to all of the other stuff. Of note-- if people really think that Linux is the way to go as far as ease of use, I think that the jurry is still out. There is NO WAY that any of my family or non-geek friends could have gotten through this install tonight. Heck, I don’t think I would have made it without some moral support from friends.

This Linux stuff is cool, but it has a ways to go. I am just excited that I have it up and running.

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