Sunday 18 April 1999

A lot has happened since I last updated this page a mere 4 days ago! I have spent a lot of my time fiddling about with a new installation of Linux which I installed on Wednesday (I think). I have pppd setup up, and have installed Netscape 4.5, Wordperfect 8 (hurrah), JavaICQ beta, and the client - in other words all the important stuff! My life has mainly been spent learning how to use the system because I am almost a complete newbie to the OS (I tried it out for a bit on my old 486 but had to physically swap the hard disk to use it so it got a bit neglected.

I'm now editing using emacs, having worked out how to mount my windows partition with long file-name support, and I have about 7000 MB on that and the rest (about 1000 MB) on a Linux partition. My biggest problem at the moment is that my video card is not working properly under X-windows - I can't get more than 640 by 480 out of it at the moment; hopefully that will be solved soon. When I've done that I will install KDE (I've already d'loaded it) and will probably be forever tweaking it afterwards :-)

I will hopefully get around to configuring sendmail rather than cheating with Netscape, tho' I'm still going to be using Netscape in Win98 to save all messages,
for the time being anyway. Other than that I'm just slowly learning the ropes.

Overall getting Linux runnning on my machine is a great experience in learning stuff from scratch, and of course not being dependant on Micro$oft. If you've got the patience it's a rewarding experience, and every day I discover new powerful features of the system.

On the Win98 front, I am waiting for drivers for the USR Winmodem and SB PCI 64V to arrive in the post - they didn't supply them with the replacement machine and apparently the one I had before didn't have quite the same hardware in it. I've now got a PIII compatible motherboard now. Whoopee.

Posted by Dominic at 00:39

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