Caldera's Open Linux 2.3
pacneil at linuxgeek.net
Sun Oct 24 15:23:23 PDT 1999
I agree with nearly everything you said, except one thing. If you are
going to be connected, through a cable modem, DSL or other high speed
persistent internet connection, with Linux, DO NOT INSTALL EVERYTHING. You
will open yourself up to exploit by running servers in their default
configuration, without knowing if they are secured or not. For the sake of
security, do not install server applications, if you don't know how they
work, or how to configure them.
On Sun, 24 Oct 1999, Bob Stickney wrote:
BS>On Sun, 24 Oct 1999, A.R. pontificated these words of wisdom:
BS>> I'm new to Linux so I don't know a thing. I ordered Caldera's Open Linux 2.3
BS>> distribution. I will receive it in a couple of weeks. In the meantime I have
BS>> to decide what PC to buy. Processorwise what should be the minimum to use
BS>> Linux with KDesktop, Gnome or some other GUI at a comfortable speed. Since I
BS>> can't spend a lot I looked at a couple of cheap used PC's. I'm trying to
BS>> decide between a Pentium 133 and a 486 100. Is the 486's speed fast enough
BS>> to run Linux with GUI.
BS>> Also, if anyone has used Caldera's Open Linux 2.3 I'd really like to know
BS>> what they think about it.
BS>I presently have one box that is a 486 DX2-66 with
BS>Slackware/KDE on it. While it won't set any speed
BS>records, it is acceptable.
BS>So either the 486 or the P133 will be adequate. However,
BS>the Pentium will be noticeably faster, so unless cost is
BS>really a factor, I would go with the Pentium.
BS>Also, some of the older BIOS' can be a little tricky to
BS>Perhaps more important that the CPU is memory. If you don't
BS>have enough memory, the system will be constantly using the
BS>swap partition, which really slows things down. 32 MB is a
BS>good minimum, and 64 MB is ideal.
BS>Caldera 2.3 is an excellent choice for a first intall. If
BS>you can handle a Windows install, you should be able to
BS>handle Caldera. It comes with a GUI installation program
BS>that is extremely user-friendly, and it uses Partition
BS>Magic instead of fdisk or disk druid to handle the hard
BS>drive partitioning. The auto-probing is very good; if you
BS>have common peripherals it will detect them and do most of
BS>the configuring for you. It guides you through setting up
BS>both a root and a user account. It even provides a game of
BS>Tetris for your amusement while it finishes the install!
BS>If you have a GB or more of hard drive to play with, select
BS>the "everything" install. This will give you lots of stuff
BS>to play with, and you can always uninstall applications
BS>later if you need more disk space. Besides, it's fun -
BS>you'll be constantly discovering things that you didn't
BS>know you had. :-)
BS>Atfer the install, it boots right into KDE and even
BS>provides a wizard (literally - you'll see) to guide you
BS>through the initial KDE configuration.
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Neil Schneider pacneil at linuxgeek.net
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