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The Computer Paper: Linux for Newbies

Jul 27, 1999, 16:48 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gene Wilburn)

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"Welcome to Linux, the hottest, fastest-growing operating system on the planet. Linux is everywhere these days: it's being used by businesses, schools, students, writers, scientists, Web monkeys, programmers, graphic designers, and Dilbert's mom. A free operating system that has grown from its hobbyist roots to deployment in major corporations, Linux now has an estimated 10 million users worldwide. If you've been tempted to try out Linux for yourself, stay tuned, this article is the first of TCP's new "Linux for Newbies" series, and is designed to help you get the Linux up and running.

"The series will lead you through setting up and operating Linux on an Intel or Intel-compatible PC. Along the way you'll learn enough basic Unix commands to administer your Linux system. To follow along with this series, you'll need a PC you can use to run Linux. The minimum system for character-based Linux (similar to plain DOS) is a 386 with 8 MB RAM, a 100 MB hard drive, and a CD-ROM drive."

"To use Linux comfortably with a graphical user interface (GUI), your PC should have at least 32 MB RAM and a fast processor, preferably a Pentium-level chip. Linux can coexist with DOS/Windows, OS/2, or Windows NT. We'll dig into the details next time, but planning ahead, you'll need a 500 MB to 600 MB partition for a reasonably well-appointed graphical workstation installation, and 1 GB or 2 GB if you want the kitchen-sink version. With disk drives being so cheap these days, you may wish to install a second drive just to experiment with Linux."

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