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    Default The Linux Thread

    For those wise and familiar with Linux you can also post your advice here.

    I'm somewhat familiar with everything on Ubuntu and I'd like to help some of you starting out. We have so many Windows users that it's annoying. I'm sorry. This thread will be helping those of you that are new to the Linux scene and are in need of help. Most of the things that I'll be able to help with is Ubuntu though.

    This thread will be updated accordingly.

    Distros

    Below are some Linux installers that you may want to try. They're all free.

    Ubuntu Home Page | Ubuntu
    Fedora Project
    Linux OS | SUSE Linux Enterprise
    Home Page | Puppy Linux
    Welcome to Linux From Scratch!

    If you want to browse more distros, check this link.

    Linux Online - List of distributions

    Basic Info

    For those of you that don't know, Linux is open source. That means it's free and everything for it is free. All of these distros are compatible with Windows and OS X. For those of you starting, you may want Ubuntu because it's the most stable.

    Puppy Linux is good for those of you on the go. It can be installed on a flash drive. (I think it's only 80 mb.)

    Fedora and Suse are good for those of you a little more familiar with the Linux scene.

    LFS is Linux From Scratch. You can code and design your own Linux system if you wish. (Advanced)

    Starting Off

    Like I said, beginners may want to start with Ubuntu. Ubuntu comes with a feature called Wubi which is where the system is installed "inside" of Windows. (Not compatible with Windows 7.) This is best for the one's that don't know partitioning. Below is a link to a tutorial on dual booting Ubuntu and Windows.

    [Tutorial] Ubuntu

    After you get your system installed, you may want to rummage around. Drivers and other software can be installed very easily to.

    Some Good Programs

    Wine
    Ubuntu Tweak
    Cairo Dock
    Jockey
    Compiz-Fusion and Compiz
    Baryl
    Murrine

    Installing Wireless Drivers

    This small guide is for the Broadcom family but it can be modified for different cards.

    Open a Terminal window and copy this into it.

    Code:
    echo 'blacklist bcm43xx' | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
    sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-utils-1.9
    mkdir ~/bcm43xx; cd ~/bcm43xx
    Check this link to see if your card is supported. To find out your model, type this into your terminal. Mine is BCM 4311 v2.

    Code:
    lspci | grep Broadcom\ Corporation
    If it is supported, then run this in the Terminal. (If it's not listed, it still may work.)

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install cabextract
    wget ftp://ftp.compaq.com/pub/softpaq/sp3...00/sp34152.exe
    cabextract sp34152.exe
    Note: "Sudo" means run as "Root". Root is the main "administrator" in Linux systems. You'll have to type in your password after using the "Sudo" command.

    Next, copy this into the Terminal.

    Code:
    sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
    ndiswrapper -l
    sudo depmod -a
    sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
    sudo cp /etc/network/interfaces /etc/network/interfaces.orig
    echo -e 'auto lo\niface lo inet loopback\n' | sudo tee /etc/network/interfaces
    sudo ndiswrapper -m
    echo 'ndiswrapper' | sudo tee -a /etc/modules
    echo 'ENABLED=0' | sudo tee -a /etc/default/wpasupplicant
    Then...

    Code:
    sudo aptitude remove b43-fwcutter
    Next...

    Code:
    sudo gedit /etc/init.d/wirelessfix.sh
    This code will open a window. Copy and paste this into that window. Note: Click File and then Save, not Save As...

    Code:
    #!/bin/bash
    modprobe -r b44
    modprobe -r b43
    modprobe -r b43legacy
    modprobe -r ssb
    modprobe -r ndiswrapper
    modprobe ndiswrapper
    modprobe b44
    Paste this in the Terminal.

    Code:
    cd /etc/init.d/ && sudo chmod 755 wirelessfix.sh
    Then...

    Code:
    sudo update-rc.d wirelessfix.sh defaults 
    You are now finished with the Terminal. Reboot. When you are logged back in, click System on the top panel. Go Administration, Hardware Drivers, and look for the Broadcom B43 wireless driver. Click it and then click Activate. Reboot and your system. It should now be activated. If not, type this into a Terminal.

    Code:
    sudo iwconfig wlan0
    Theming

    Linux is the most customizable system there is. Good tools to use are Baryl, Metacity, Compiz-Fusion, Cairo, GTK+, Murrine, and Emerald.

    Themes can be found in many places, too. But they all depend on a different engine which can get tricky.

    The easiest ones to install are GTK 1.0 since that's the default theme engine with most distros.

    Where to find themes.

    Eyecandy for your GNOME-Desktop - GNOME-Look.org
    deviantART: where ART meets application!
    The Compiz Community - Compiz-Themes.org
    Themes | Murrine


    Updates...

    I'll be posting more soon when I have more time. You can always check these distros' forums for help and support.
    Last edited by Joomla12; 03-28-2009 at 02:08 PM.







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    Very useful linuX thread Joomla! Great for the people wanting to start using it. I think it's worth a stick, don't you?

    Jazzer

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    Nice a help thread for linux!.. i also have installed ubuntu using wubi 8.10 weeks ago,. and it's really great! ., ., my problem is sometimes that i get an out of range monitor problem sometimes when i boot.,


    thank you Amac1!!
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    Out of range? Like an off brand monitor? It might be the driver you have for your graphics card. Try finding a GTK update.

    @ Jazzer: Thanks for the stick. I'll make it worth it.







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    Good. I'm soo going to get Linux now
    Just for fun lol

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    I'll be posting a guide on how to run Windows programs on it when I'm on my computer.







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    Great Thread! I would like to point out that Ultimate Ubuntu 2.0 Gamers Edition is also great, and I can upload it to MegaUpload if wanted.
    Ultimate Ubuntu Home Page





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    Please do.

    You can post it or PM me the link. Just edit my original post if you want.







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    Does anyone know any IM on linux that has audio(mic)/video(webcam) support? i tried YM on WINE but the audio/video is not working,. Used GAIM but itś actually pidgin now., ., kopete has video support but no audio support., Im running ubuntu 8.10 intrepid ibex.. any help would be appreciated.,

    EDIT: i got it working now, i installed GyachE improved/enhanced IM., it has audio/video support., it is a little hard setting up though, but it's worth it.,
    Last edited by D3ciph3r; 03-28-2009 at 09:16 AM.


    thank you Amac1!!
    Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

    Which Final Fantasy Character Are You?
    Final Fantasy 7

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    thanks for the post..
    a lot of commands i didnt know lol now i do..
    terminal got kinda annoying so back to windows for me


 

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