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  1. jcl.. I use vmware for this .. at $189 its well worth the investment.. runs in linux or (winders)..

    under I have.

    dos 4.5 - 6.0

    win 1.1

    win 3.1.1

    win 98SE

    win 2000

    win server 2000

    win XP

    win server 2003

    Fedora core 1 & 2

    Suse 9.1 Pro



    Redhat AS3

    whitebox linux

    Solaris 9

    solaris 10



    and I use it to test live CD's (I build with slackware)

    I see it as at $189 its cheeper that a new system.. plus I can logon to my works windows network and get stuff done with out exiting gentoo..

    also I can design networks and test them on my laptop.. with 1 gig ram I can run 3 OS as a time (host plus 2 guest)

  2. just for the record I have always used the Kernel driver for the nvidia network card with no problems (since 2.6) .. but as it seams he is using red hat (9?) and its using probaly a 2.4 kernel the Nvidia nforce drive is probaly the best choice


    but they must have kernel development installed.... before this will work

    also I belive you need to do a

    export GCC=gcc3.2

    before running..

  3. there is a big debate on most Linux boards on what is the best distribution to learn Linux on.

    here is my opinion.

    one what do you mean by learn?

    if you what to learn how to navigate then www.knoppix.org or www.morphix.org,. one is gnome based and the other KDE based. but like the standard windows user, running programs does not mean you know anything about the OS. running programs in Linux is the same as running programs in Winders... there is a standard to making GUI based applications. after you run Linux from Mandrake or SuSE (put in the standards here) it will be the same as running winders. the only difference is the name of the applications and the way some work. this is great if you just want to use the computer for the Internet or play music or you know the standard winders things.. but doing all of this will still leave you knowing nothing about Linux. why..

    you can run Firefox in winders, along with the GIMP and OpenOfiice. you can even use VI, TED and GMACS. you have access to GCC and KDE and Gnome under windows. there is a bittorrent, GAIM and cdrecord tools also made for windows. so why use LINUX...

    this comes to the key answer to your question...

    what do you mean by learn.?

    If you what to see if a more stable system will run the type of applications you use then fedora, mandrake, SUSe, linspire, sun java workstation are all your choice. they all rate the same.

    if you are looking at this as education on how UNIX type OS work and would like to work in this field or just what to be a power user then these are all wrong, (note. unless your like HITEST, who uses these board to help others and help him self learn more.. )

    I would go with slackware or Gentoo. while they are "hard" to install this is about learning not something holding your hand and hiding all the magic.

    so what is the point. they are all Linux correct? we'll yes.. but if you install Slackware or Gentoo and understand the boot sequence (RC) and you understand how to build a kernel and modules, when you go to work or a friends house and they run Fedora and they can not get there wireless card to work because there is no program to hold their hand, you will understand the steps needed to make it work.

    once you learn the "hard" versions, others will be easy. plus why do most IT people who understand Linux like it..

    It no because its free. Free means little to an IT pro who just needs to get the job done. I would pay lots of money (or have my company) to make sure my system does not crash and I can go home before 6pm .

    so why do we like it.. Its stable but the wrong applications can make it crash like a windows system.

    but the key is its flexible. I can make it run with no GUI (talk about a boot to horse power). I can script out programs at the Command line. I have a choice of command line.. don't like bash try csh, or bourn. I can install programs where I need them. no big registry to break your system...

    if you really get brave a good way to learn Linux is Linux from scratch. this way you build your own distribution. see why Red hat choose to do thing with RPM's while Gentoo uses portage.

    good luck...

  4. Bittorrent is a P2P software like kazza or "napster" insted of downloading music its a comunity of sharers to help speed up downloading of large file like knoppix or fedora. while there are probaly people sharing music and movies, bittorrent if not controld by anybody. the indavidual user is the one makeing decisions on who, what and how they share.

    Sun java is a programming language. java workstation is a catach word for sun. Sun java workstation is a user workstation with lots of java based tools. they also have a linux distrobution that they call java workstation.

    you have to buy suns java workstation. they have no free version , ironicly you can get solaris (there unix os) for free from there site.

  5. yes the problem is with anaconnda (teh Red Hat installer) and *some* motherboards. anaconda was not rewritten fro the 2.6 kernel so on some older drivers it gives a wrong block placement for partition effetivly over writing part of the partition. this is fixed easly if you supect your motherbaord may have this problem or you don't what to risk windows ( I say wipe windows but your not me) ..

    use a knoppix disk. use qtparted to make your linux partitions and then install fedora. tell it to keep exsisting partitions insted of auto-partiting. if you have ever used partition magic you'll like qtparted.. it will also resize windows and linux partitions.

    as for research or knowlage.. I can do both.. in this case its easay I have been red hat certified for a few years now.. so I kind of keep up.. if its red hat , Gentoo or solaris I should have some answers.. I hope it helps..

  6. to add to what hitest said.. Red hat 8 in the linux world is old. its samba client did not work well with windows and it uses a old version of GNOME and KDE. both have imporove a lot since Red Hat 8. we now have a whole new kernel branch and a new soud system to linux ALSA compaired to the old OSS of red hat 8.. does that mean Red Hat 8 is dead..no

    you can up date red hat 8 (argubaly you are makiong it fedora by doing so) see


    he Fedora Legacy Project is a community-supported open source project. It is not a supported project of Red Hat, Inc. although Red Hat, Inc. does provide some support services for it.

    The goal of The Fedora Legacy Project is to work with the Linux community to provide security and critical bug fix errata packages for select End of Life Red Hat Linux and Fedora Core distributions. This will allow for a longer effective life for those releases.

    To learn more please refer to the About page and the FAQs

    as for which is better it depends on what you are doing.. using firewall builder to configure a Cisco Pix firewall or a Sidewinder firewall.. its compiles great on the older packages in red hat 7 and 8. looking to run doom 3 in linux with http://www.transgaming.com/.. better have fedora (in this case core 1 works better than core 2)

    to get a better ideal of the diffrence red hat 8 is to fedora liek windows 2000 is to windows XP. they can basicly do the same things just one has newer toys.

  7. Linux has decided that reading a file while writing it is a secuerity risk. it is a risk and I am glad they are thinking of secuerity to exploites that have not been used yet. but this does break cd burning. for most aplications you must now be root to burn cd's with kernel 2.6.8 . fixes a NFS problem iwth the secuerity updates. a new growisofs and cdrcord utilities should be out soon to fix this.. if you burn lots of cds stay away from the 2.6.8 kernel until the new cdrecord and growisofs is out.

    also there is a memory leak in the new kernel that breaks audio cd (sometimes). the 2.6.9 release canadate fixes the memory leak.

    from the k3b site

    Do not use Kernel 2.6.8

    A patch that was introduced into the kernel shortly before the 2.6.8 release makes K3b and also the dvd+rw-tools unusable on Linux (unless run as root but that is not recommended). The very important GET CONFIGURATION MMC command is rejected by the kernel for reasons I cannot see and writing commands like MODE SELECT also fail (K3b cannot detect CD writers without it) even when the device is opened O_RDWR. Until this issue has been solved I strongly recommend to stick to kernel version 2.6.7.

    Update: The kernel guys are currently fixing the problem so the next kernel release should work again. :)

    Update 2: The problem is NOT fixed in

    Update 3: Be aware that kernel 2.6.8 also contains the memory leak which makes it impossible to write audio cds, even as root.

    to see from some patches see the leoville page http://leovilletownsquare.com/ubbthreads/s...=&page=0#651449

    from linus ..

    To quote Linus from a few minutes ago on the linux-kernel list with regard to k3b and growisofs:

    "Yes. I suspect that these projects have at least looked at each other, so it's probably a problem that has its basis in cdrecord or some "original" program.

    "And yes, opening for reading used to work. After all, you didn't need a "write()" system call, and the ioctl functions didn't use to check. It's a potential security problem, and one that 2.6.8 fixed, and I don't think we're willing to go back to the old setup.

    "And trust me - I absolutely _hate_ breaking user-level programs. I'd love to unbreak it from the kernel, but in this case I don't see any alternatives, really."

  8. " is a firewall really neccessary when I have a wireless router"

    since a router is not a firewall I would say you need at least one. i use m0n0wall as my router and firewall and wireless router.. have stateful package inspections vpn access from the outside.

    as for software verses hardware (in case some one asked which is better) ..its all software its where you install it. at your gateway a firewall stops (or slowes down) people from searching your network. a router does not do that (not even with NAT). the firewall on your system stops programs from getting out side your computer. as a unix/linux unser mostly I don't have such problems, but work is a great example. while the boarder firewall stops most viruses from contacting the outside world it does not stop your ystem from spreading the infection to systems inside your network. a local system firewall will do that better.

    you should have at least one firewall. and unless you added zonealarm or something to your router a router is no firewall.