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    Got a Linux installed and all the hardware working

    Well as you know (if your in the IRC channel) I've been having a few issues with Ubuntu, mainly getting it to see and support my PCI bus, and by extention all my PCI cards. So I put in a BugReport and included 20+ pages of information, some from the working (and very aonnying and unfriendly, in my opnion and past & current experince) RedHat EL4, until I some how figure out a way to make Ubuntu work on my desktop as well as it likes my laptop (same era computer). Well the bug report is #135377 to anyone intrested.

    In a few days I'll be getting a brand spanking new HDD, which I'll format ext3 and use as my new /home and then in a few months I'll get another and RAID 1 them (if I remember right that is mirroring, 0 is stripping and then 3 and 5 are used to combine several HDDs (all the same size) as one with a little bit lost to overhead, but I digress).

    I'm hoping most of what i learn using RHEL4 will also apply to Ubuntu and then when Gusty comes out I hope it will support all my hardware and I'll try it once it gets released in Oct (I'm not going to use a development OS as my main OS, I many be crazy but I'm not insane!)\

    I have a spare motherboard that I know all the compents are Ubuntu supported, however, I don't have a CPU for it and I don't know if the board is good or not, and with limited funds you don't want to gamble with what can be considered a substanital amount of your disposeable income. I may be able to, but not right now. Oh and the HDD? it's a gift from my family.

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    Re: Got a Linux installed and all the hardware working

    Please post your experiences back

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    Re: Got a Linux installed and all the hardware working

    Quote Originally Posted by Aishiko View Post
    Well the bug report is #135377 to anyone intrested.
    Hooray for submitting a bug report! More of us should do it more often, and not just to get serious problems of our own fixed, but to improve Ubuntu itself

    (if I remember right that is mirroring, 0 is stripping and then 3 and 5 are used to combine several HDDs (all the same size) as one with a little bit lost to overhead, but I digress
    Pretty much. the RAID Wikipedia article is fantastic for further questions you might have, I consult it regularly. The most popular RAID arrays are 1 and 5, I use 5 at work and at home.

    I'm hoping most of what i learn using RHEL4 will also apply to Ubuntu
    I don't think you'll have a problem. My first Linux was Red Hat 7.2, and the transition from that to Debian wasn't too painful even back then (2002ish)

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    I'll let you all know how it goes, It has been suggested that gusty might have better support for my hardware. I figure if I had the problem then others must have too, but they might not have reported it but instead moved on to a different distro.

    I have every intention of reporting more bugs as I find them, when it replaces redhat. Speaking of Redhat, Elizabeth, I'm looking for a good multi-media player but every one I try to install doesn't come with all the dependancies, and I can't find the dependancies when I search the various repostories , if you can suggest one that has all the dependacies included in the rpm that would be wonderful.

    Bapoumba, will do, I've not checked my email in a while been fighting with the OS! But I'll do that tonight, and see what is going on
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    Re: Got a Linux installed and all the hardware working

    In the Other OS Talk, there is a Fedora/Red Hat section. You may want to browse there, and may be ask if not addressed already
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    Re: Got a Linux installed and all the hardware working

    I lost the post I was writing because firefox suddenly backed up but to recap I meantioned it onlyu because Elizabeth meantioned having used redhat in the past, and I have downloaded and used the tar.gz of zlib and xine, as my first attempt at actually compiling my own from scratch I was surprised it only took a handful of commands inthe terminal

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    cd into the uncompressed directory
    ./configure
    make
    make check
    make install
    make clean
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    and your done! I just hope that it puts a link somewhere easy to get at. If this fails I'll for sure check out that sub-forum. On the upside if these work I can just use the same files to install on any Linux system.
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    Re: Got a Linux installed and all the hardware working

    For media players Xine is a great choice, but mplayer is my favorite It doesn't handle DVDs too well and it's command line based (except for the gmplayer bit, but that's not a very good GUI). I wrote up this how-to for compiling it on Debian, and it mostly works for Ubuntu - you just need to change the name of the package to "mplayer-compiled" or something when you build it so the Ubuntu package manager doesn't think it's the new "mplayer" in apt and get confused (that happened to me, after a system upgrade my mplayer stopped acting like I had compiled it to, turns out a different version of mplayer had entered the repositories and blew away my own install, arg!)
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    Re: Got a Linux installed and all the hardware working

    ohh that stinks, I have Xine installed and the xine-ui but I can't figure out how to actually use it.

    in Windoze I used media player classic, recently I foudn GOMplayer and I kinda liked that though I would have loved a player that combines features of both. but I'm willing to try new things (otherwise I'd not be migrating to Linux!).

    so I'll try mplayer.

    thanks for the words of advice.
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    Ohhh I'm getting ready to try out the LiveCD of the Gusty Gibson, and I'm hopeful that it will work with my chipsets. I'll let you all know how it goes. Don't be surprised to find this thread renamed something like "GG works!"

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    GG in the house!

    Yes that is an inside joke,

    but seriously I'm posting this from a gusty gibson LiveCD! it found ALL my hardware! Now I have a hard choice and a question which I'll ask in the development forum. If I use it as my main OS, until it's release in October (6weeks) if I can update it to the production version without much difficulty. Plus using it as my main OS would let me really push it to it's limits.

    So after a bit of looking at HDDs I'll decide which one I want to use. I'm thinking of using a 40gig WD as my Ubuntu main with
    /usr
    /
    /boot
    /swap
    /home will be a 500 gig harddrive
    so what other /?* am I missing?
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