Complete Newb Recommendations?

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Complete Newb Recommendations?

Post by six » Fri Aug 24, 2007 20:38

OK guys,
I have been wanting to make a move like this for six or seven years and I just have never took the plunge.

This site is soo massive and complicated...

I currently have a AMD X64 with 2 GB of RAM and two 250 GB Maxtors on a hardware RAID 0

I am currently in the process of downloading the X64 version of 3.4e

Can anybody either set me on some good reading or good advice. Maybe some page links or even forum page links.

Can anybody warn me of impending doom?

Your help appreciated,

SIX
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Re: Complete Newb Recommendations?

Post by phzi » Fri Aug 24, 2007 20:43

My main piece of advice for new users to linux, is to just go for it. Kill your windows partition, commit yourself to not using windows at all for a few weeks. Also, if you find one distribution too complicated/confusing/newb-unfriendly, then try another distro. Biggest thing is to make it hard for yourself to switch back to windows at a moments notice :P

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Re: Complete Newb Recommendations?

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Re: Complete Newb Recommendations?

Post by Belial » Sat Aug 25, 2007 2:32

One thing id note is that your hardware raid is *real* hardware raid, if it isnt, use linux's software raid

Fromt he live CD you can issue

Code: Select all

lspci
and see if your SATA/SCSI controller is mentioned here http://linuxmafia.com/faq/Hardware/sata.html Note a lot fo what it is saying si outdated in regards to contorller support, just scroll down and look for yours. the installer has RAID options on it to handle software raid

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Re: Complete Newb Recommendations?

Post by six » Sun Aug 26, 2007 13:12

Thanks for the words of encouragment guys.

My mother board is a K8T Neo2 Series, MS-6702E (v1.X)
The raid is a VIA® VT8237 Chipset, and it is listed on the site you said to look on Belial. I also found it on Hardware4linux during my google search, if that matters. (http://hardware4linux.info/system/244/)

Belial, if you don't mind shooting me some more input I would appreciate it.

Thanks

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Re: Complete Newb Recommendations?

Post by Belial » Sun Aug 26, 2007 21:15

ok, looking around it seems like most on board controllers the VT8237 isnt real raid, so would be best when using the installer, to choose to manually partition your drive and the RAID option is there, this will use software raid and get you started :)

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Re: Complete Newb Recommendations?

Post by dukdukgoos » Sun Aug 26, 2007 22:10

I'd actually go a step further and recommend you skip using RAID 0 at all. Real world benchmarks show little to no performance improvement using RAID 0, and you double the chance of losing at your data while adding further complication to your setup.

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Re: Complete Newb Recommendations?

Post by Teapot Philosopher » Mon Aug 27, 2007 11:55

I have found a post which seems to outline there is no actual benefit of using the 64-bit version of any OS. In fact, it states that if you are to get an OS you should simply use a 32-bit version, so I'd be doing that for a start.

And I've just found the post!
http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/linux- ... linux.html

Actually while I'm at it, here's the free ISO Recorder and partition manager that I was recommended to use if you need them.

ISO Recorder
http://www.petri.co.il/how_to_write_iso_files_to_cd.htm

Partition Manager
http://partedmagic.com/

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Re: Complete Newb Recommendations?

Post by phzi » Tue Aug 28, 2007 6:17

I strongly disagree with the suggestion that 64bit operating systems are pointless. If for no other reason, if you're going to encourage development of open software, why don't you encourage development of an expansion to the x86 architecture?

Also, there is very little software that isn't compatible with 64bit linux. If you don't encourage optimization by using 64bit OS's, then why would dev'l work towards making programs function better under 64bit linux?

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Re: Complete Newb Recommendations?

Post by wolfden » Tue Aug 28, 2007 6:39

Moved to General Discussion


64bit does have it's advantages for some things, but till the software developers switch over to 64 bit, there isn't much advantage for the normal user. It's tough to do a pure 64bit system right now.

My 64bit system runs just as well as my 32bit system tho.

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