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From Gary Turner <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] OT - Linux
Date Mon, 27 Jan 2003 06:57:57 GMT
J. Greenlees wrote:

>Gary Turner wrote:
>> Ryan A wrote:
>>>I am already running a dual OS (win98 and win2k pro)
>>>Am thinking of loading/learning and running linux.
>>>I dont have a clue about linux [...]
>> The key word is "read".  Go to  That's the Linux
>> documentation Project.  You will find everything and more than you ever
>> wanted to know :)
>> If your interest is driven by a desire to move your server to a modern
>> OS, Linux is an excellent solution.  I suggest Debian Woody (stable), a
>> rock solid distribution perfect for server operations.  For more on
>> Debian, see
>you know debian is aimed for people familiar with *nix already. ;)

I disagree.  My first experience with any *nix was Debian Potato.  I was
installed, configured, and running in under 2 hours.  *BUT*, I did read
the Debian installation manual plus a number of other books and articles
before I dumped Windows and made a fresh install.

It isn't rocket science.

>for trying a distro for learning purposes, mandrake's linux for windows 
>where it is part of the filesystem in windows may be better for learning 
>how to function in linux than being hit with debians much more technical 

The current Debian configuration tools seem pretty good, what little
I've used them.  Others have told me that a newbie install is pretty
easy now. (Of course I thought it was not all that difficult before.)

>(how many people installing windows and using windows can rattle off 
>every device on thier comp, and be able to pick the drivers out for 
>install, which debian, freebsd, irix all really install best when you can?

Hell, I can't do that now.  I do know where to look for the info,
though.  Even a Windows admin should know that much.  Certainly an
Apache admin should know how their machines work and how the core of
*nices work.

You have a RIGHT to your opinion---even if it is crap.

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