I remember that now, I figured I wouldn't be compiling anything too soon, because I am a noob, and dont really know languages except HTML. I was not exactly aware of how the kernel "manages" the work. The whole concept of Linux to me, is why it really grasps me now. I mean opensource work... essentinally free speech. Whilst it may not be free beer :O) (some site I saw it on, lol) It ceirtainly kicks M$'s arse royally! All people from the world can contribute to a project, and the fact that 1000's upon 1000's of minds have gone into the linux kernel is simply breathtaking. You peoples might feel the same way that I do, and some may not, but after 4 days after taking the plunge from M$ XP PRO (Coorperate Edition if you know what I mean, hehe) It is quite a change. As I said I am running Drake 8.2, and I prefer the KDE2 desktop way over gnomes "pretty style." I hear that once I learn the basics of linux to move to a move "real" distro, like Redhat, or even Slackware (If i learn that much...) I dont know though, can you guys give me some advice on that also, lol? You guys have helped the noob once again, and now I truly belive support from the linux community opens up a can o whoopass on any M$ help you can find! I think I am goin to ask the last two noob questions, and that is the typical "What Distro are you guys using?" and "What is a good starting language?" As I said I used to have basic knowledge in HTML, but I dont think that counts. I would really like to take the plunge into C and/or C++, but I dont know if those are noob friendly. Considering the kernel is written in C, I am interested in that, but C++ seams to be the most common and best language for this current time. As for the distro info I am very pleased with the VERY noob friendly Mandrake 8.2
I am so pleased that I think when Mandrake 9 comes out I will be immediatly downloading. I dont know if Drake is considered a noob distro by some, but I have seen many a people/persons like Drake over the most popular "RedHat." Here are my specs, and maybe you guys can give me advice, when I tell you afterwords what I use my box for.
ECS K7S5A Mobo (w/ onboard sound, and LAN!)
Athlon XP 2200 @ default 133 FSB 133 MEMORY BUS (In linux the o/c doesn't seem neccasary, not that it was that high in the first place, but the K7S5A is not a good o/c board out of the box. I had to use an "Unofficial Bios in order to be able to increase my FSB and Memory by incremints of 6, and you have to use the default Multiplier, and Core Voltage, unless you actually do a hardware mod to the board, or mess around w/ the Bridges on the cpu itself, and thats not for me )
512 Generic DDR (Still have to pay my friend back for it, lol o well...
Geforce 2 MX 200 64 MB SDRAM, PCI card
(My SBlive is supposed to come Monday, anyone else have this card? My two friends have it, and it sound sooo good. I have my stereo hooked up to audio out (with the same friends DDR in my comp
and the Bookshelf speakers have built in tweakers, and killer miniature woofers that make my parents pissed, and please my friends.
Skyhawk Full Aluminum Case w/ selfmade blowhole mod, selfmade 5 1/2 drive bay half cover and 3 1/2 floppy half cover, and my ECS K7S5A I modded and cemented a hacksawed Alu. heatsink to the clock generator, and once again hacksawed an Alu. P3 CPU fan heatsink, and the P3 CPU fan of course sits atop it, and is so powerful believe it or not it cools down my CPU which is right, and I mean right above it! And my CPU has artic silver 3 thermal paste applied (Guess who's it from lol, the guy who gave me the DDR, the Cable, and now the AS3! I now get Temps of 40-41 when Idling, and I have seen it as high as 44 after UT. This is considerablly good, when I bought a halfway decent CPU HSF and used to get temps in the 50's. One of my motto's is "If its not broke, dont fix it." The only reason I could afford this arond 450 doller upgrade from my old comp, is because I gutted the free HP (hewlett packard) which my family recieved, because my old brothers comp now supposedly "Broke" so we got to keep that and an HP! What luck! The only downside is my CD burner is 4x max, lol and I have a 30 gig hard drive (which is not so bad), but hey Free is free right?
I use my box for basic wordproccesing for my schoolwork, The WWW, FTP, IRC, UT2003, (IT RYMES lol ftp, irc, ut2003, ok note to self: dont make any more jokes no1 laughs at lol!) and I sometimes play the awesome Tux Racer game! And I burn CD's, and listen to MP3's (Another RYME!!!) Maybe IM for my friends, (and I watch short movies when I get in my mood, and if we are guys and girls here we all know what mood guys get in, but I wont get into that subject lol
and thats about all I do on my comp. I realize any GUI for Linux is gonna be a hog for memory, and eat up a lil CPU power, but mayb thats another question I have....
Ok after the tremendous post could you please answer my last noob questions
1. Best Distro for my setup, and my cababilites after this noob graduates from noob junior, to senior noob
2. Best first language to learn
3. Best GUI for using least Memory and CPU resources, basically for running UT2003 (I hope its KDE..) (Hey another, oh nvmind lol)
Thx guys once again for the tremendous linux community support. Heck I am in the Nvidia forums, and you guys are helping a noob out! You are the people that make Linux better, honestly I thank all of you for you answers!!!
BTW: Thanks Bwkaz i just installed the Make, and automake, and a couple of other Dev packages :O)