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Linux Journal: Linux for the Timid, Part 2

May 27, 2000, 20:14 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marcel Gagné)

"Tell me how this sounds. A full-featured, no-commitment Linux OS with networking, K Desktop Environment (KDE), 2.2.6 kernel (so you've got great support for modern hardware), a bevy of tools, network applications (e-mail, PPP), games, you name it, weighing in at a mere 150MB (44MB download size). No need to create a new Windows partition, and perfectly easy to remove if you decide this was a bad idea (you won't). I'm talking about DragonLinux, a pretty amazing little distribution that owes its roots (if not its inspiration) to Slackware Linux. The official DragonLinux web site is at http://www.dragonlinux.org."

"The first thing you do is log in as root. Since there is no password, the second thing you do is change root's password, like this:

 # passwd root
Now, create a non-root user with the command adduser. Just follow the prompts, and provide a password when asked. In my case, I created a user called "marcel". The reason I wanted to do that right away is this. If you are a new user to Linux (or a grey-haired old master), you do not want to work on your system as the superuser (root) unless, of course, you need to do system administration stuff. This is a bad habit to get into, and a good one (as bad habits go) for a Timid New User to avoid. It is best to get used to logging in early on. For you old-timers out there, remember that it's up to you to pass on the wisdom."

"When you decide it's time to boot back up into Windows, click on the x in the panel at the bottom of the screen. If you move your mouse over it, your should get a little bubble help that says "Logout". Click that, and you will be back to the Linux text screen. To shut down and return to Windows, type exit and log back in as root. Now you can shut down.

 # shutdown -r now
The system should boot back up into Windows normally."

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