99 percent of the web hosting sites are using it. The only way you can get web hosting with up to a Gig of files on the web server, and 10 MySQL databases for $10 or $20 per month, is because it is done via Linux. This website is being hosted by a Linux Server. If you had to do this with only Microsoft Software it would cost at least $200 per month. Major health care providers in the developing world, use Linux servers for their entire health care network. It is also being used by major banks and Fortune 100 companies. Lastly, the University of Washington Library is converting all 800 of its workstations from Microsoft Software to Linux. The city government of Munich, Germany is converting 16,000 workstations to SuSE Linux.
In Linux there is no a: or b: to represent the floppy or CD-ROM. Everything is a directory, so the floppy drive under SuSE Linux is called /media/floppy and under Mandrake Linux it would be /mnt/floppy. So if you are in Open Office, click file open, then type /media/floppy and you will see all your files on the floppy. If you are on the CD-ROM type /media/cdrom and you will see your files on the CD-ROM. If you are in Mandrake this would similarly be /mnt/floppy or /mnt/cdrom for the CD-ROM access. Note, if it is a DVD drive it would be /media/dvdfor SuSe or /mnt/dvd for Mandrake.
My favorite CD/DVD burner is
It takes up a bit more room then Brasero, Xburn or the other standard burners, but it is worth it. Here is a nice help file to explain it. Note, it does not automatically install, but you can browse to it, when you open k3b
The best thing to use is Imap which normally uses port 143 for receiving
mail and port 465 (SSL over SMTP) for sending mail. Note you will have
one server for receiving mail and one for sending mail. They will both
require authentication. These are typical settings that you will find in
Evolution the email client that comes with Debian based Linuxes.You
can pick default Imap under preferencs with these changes.
For Receiving Server
Make sure your host is using port 143 or pick another for receiving
Set us secure connection TLS encryption , Authentication type password
For Sending Server
Make sure your host is using port 465 or pick another if your ISP provider blocks it
You may find port 587 the message submission port works.
Set up secure connection SSL over SMTP, Authentication type Login
If this does not work, please consult your ISP and Email service provider. Another alternative is to use Squirrel Mail which on most systems defaults to Imap from the web browser.
Yes, there actually is. Under Mandrake, the minute you insert a floppy or CD-ROM, you get icons for them, just click on them and then click on the file.
Under SuSE it is also there, go first please to My Computer icon and left click and you get an icon for your CD-ROM or floppy.
Yes there is! Simply, click on Konqueror . In the "go to" field at the top type a forward slash, "/" (no quotes), then hit Carriage Return. This gets you to the root top level directory of your hard drive. You will see all the folders displayed as icons. Click on the "home" folder. Underneath this folder you will see all the users. By default, I have installed only one user account for "/home/user1". This is your home directory where all your files and folders live. Note, unless you log on as the root user, there may be some folders you will not be allowed to go in. This is for your protection.
For Suse Linux:
To install your printer and other hardware go to "YAST" off the main Start menu under System | Configuration | YAST . It may also be already there in the section of "most used applications" listed at the top of the Start menu. Login with the root password (linux01) when prompted and click on hardware . Then click on printer or whatever the icon is for the hardware you are changing. A database will then be brought up and it will normally already have your printer selected. Just click on accept . If you do not see your printer selected, then you can choose it by selecting the appropiate manufacture and model. I have not found a printer yet, that was not in the list!
For Mandrake Linux:
Start at the lower left hand corner "Star" then select System | Configuration | Configure Your Computer . You will need to type in your root password of linux01 . Next, click on hardware and it should automatically find your printer. Next, click on the Printers icon. It should automatically say, " The following printer ... HP Deskjet 640C " was found. Click on Yes . It will say installing pacakages and ask you for CD 1. It will install the CUPS (Common Unix Printing Services) for you and the necessary print drivers. The printer will be automatically configured.
In Mandrake go to the Star | Multimedia | Sound | Kmix.
You should now see a Loudspeaker icon on your toolbar, click on it
an adjust both the Output and the Input . You can also adjust
In Suse go to the Yast as you did to set up the printer in the preceeding section and click on the icon for Sound . After it is set up you will see a Speaker icon on the toolbar which you can click on to adjust the volume.
|user1||linux01||This is your normal user login.|
|root||linux01||This is your administrator login, also known as super user.|
Well computers are smart, but not that smart. When you open any applicaiton, it defaults to the "default printer which is kprinter" in the Linux world. It is a dumb generic printer. Before you print go to File | Print and click on the dropdown box where it says kprinter and change it to HP Deskjet 695 or whatever is the printer you just installed. Also click on set as default printer so you will always use the proper printer. Note, if you have more than one printer, you need to select the right printer you want before you print the file.
You place the mouse on the desktop and right click and select Configure. Then select Background . Here, you can select on the left any of the built in wallpapers, or click on the little picture icon, on the right and browse anywhere on your machine to your own picture file . Note, before you close this window, at the top, select All desktops or the number of the desktop you want, that is "1" or "2" . Note, KDE Windows Display Manger comes built in with two desktops. If you click on the "1" or "2" on your horizontal desktop toolbar, you will see the desktops change. I like to have two different backgrounds selected for each desktop so I know where I am at.
You place the mouse on the desktop and right click and select Configure. Then select Behavior | General . Where it says Menu Bar at Top of Screen select Current application's menu bar (Mac OS-style) . Click on OK and you are done. Note, you can already use all your MAC standard drag and drop tricks that you are familiar with. I use this and have to remind myself that it is not a MAC I am using!
You place the mouse on the green eye or starand right click and select Menu Editor . Next you left click on the menu item, i.e. Internet . You then highlight the item you want to modify, say Dial Up and you are given the choice of delete, new item, cut or copy similar to what you familiar with on Microsoft Windows.
This is explained in the Open Office Help under
"file associations for Microsoft Office" section.
I will summarize it here. In Open Office click on
"Tools | Options | Load/Save | General" You can then go
through each file type and make it save in the Microsoft format.
I.E. Click on "Text Document" then on "Always save as"
select "Microsoft Word 2000/XP". Likewise for
"Spreadsheet" select "Microsoft Excel 2000/XP".
You can do this for every single document type and
you will never have this problem again.
If you just want to change the format of one document, then open it. I.E. "Text.sxw" and then click on "save as" change "file type" to "Microsoft Word 2000/XP" doc. It will now be called Text.doc. You can delete the old Text.sxw because you do not need it anymore.
Yes there is! It is called Failsafe. When your machine initially boots you will see a choice called Failsafe, hit the down arrow key till you are on it, and then hit the Carriage Return. You will get a "login:" prompt. Type your username user1 , then hit Carriage Return. Then type your password linux01 , then hit Carriage Return. At this point, you will want to follow the instructions in the second paragraph after this one called: "Wait a minute, ... "
You need to run a program called Sax2. If you are in the KDE desktop graphical interface go to System | Configuration | Sax2. Here you can configure your position, size, resolution, and pick the monitor you are using. You will have to login with the root password (linux01) to do this.
You need to run a program called drakconf. If you are in the KDE desktop graphical interface go to System | Configuration | Configure your computer to run it. If you are in text mode, log in as root by typing su then your password (linux01). Then type drakconf. You can use the tab and enter key to navigate the screens till you get to the monitor setup. Pick the appropiate monitor, resolution, and size.
Relax, don't panic (even if you are on the Titanic). At the login prompt, type "root" ( no quotes). Hit Carriage Return, then type the root password "linux01" (no quotes). After it says "Have a lot of fun..." type "init 3" (no quotes). You will then see: "Runlevel 3 has been reached". Now type a Carriage Return, and then "sax2" (no quotes). You will then get a Sax2 Suggestion. Click on "Change Configuration". Make sure the Monitor, Graphics Card, etc. are correct. Note, when you do this, be sure to click on Geometry and make sure it is set up as 320 mm by 240 mm for the X and Y coordinates respectfully. This assumes you have a 17 inch monitor which measures 32 cm by 24 cm. If your monitor is a different size just measure it in cm and multiply by 10 to get it in mm. If the Geometry mistakenly gets set to 0 x 0 this can cause a segmentation fault in the module Sax2. It will also prevent you from using Yast. The minute you log in as root you will be dumped into text mode. Click on "Finalize" or "Finish" when you are done. Now you are back at the "login:" prompt. This time type "init 5" (no quotes). You should be able to do your normal KDE Graphical User Interface login.
If you install the Opera Browser by clicking
this should solve all your problems. The Opera Browser works
a hundred times better and quicker than Mozilla and Konqueror.
Sometimes it takes Domain Name Servers a while to respond on the network. You can speed this up by opening a Console Terminal Shell Session by going to System | Terminal | Konsole off of the SuSE Main Linux start Menu.
On Mandrake go to the Administer your System | Use a Terminal Emulator, off of the main toolbar menu. This is known in the UNIX/Linux world as going to the "Shell". In Microsoft it was called the DOS prompt or Command prompt. I know it is not the prettiest place to be, but it gets problems solved very fast!
Type "ping www.cnn.com" (no quotes) or whatever it is you are trying to connect to. Now, just close or minimize this Konsole window and go back to your Opera, Mozilla or Konqueror. Click on the Refresh button and you should be in quickly now.
The default email application is called kmail . If you look on the horizontal toolbar, you will see an icon for it in the shape of an envelope in Suse or a calendar with a pencil in Mandrake. Click on it, then go to Settings | Configure Mail. You only need to click on the identity and the network items in the vertical toolbar on the left. The other items (appearance, composer, security and misc) you can leave set at their defaults. Some things you will have to know are outlined in the table below. Note, these are madeup names, so doublecheck with Comcast, Qwest, Verizon, Microsoft Network, Seanet, or whoever your Internet Service/email providers are.
|Suzi@comcast.net||linuxisfun||This is your normal full email login.|
|POP Mail Server||SMTP Mail Server||Explanation|
|mail.comcast.net||smtp.comcast.net||mail servers for ingoing and outgoing mail remember to doublecheck with your provider!|
With the above information, you should be able to fill out all the
necessary items under the identity and network
Note, this is identical to what you filled out in Microsoft Outlook.
Yes, it absolutely is. Whenever you go on Ebay and pay by credit card using Paypal, in most cases you are using a Linux host. When you order your concert tickets or book your plane reservations, you are mostly on Linux hosts. If Linux was not secure, you would certainly have heard about it by now. The principal encryption algorithm in the Linux world is Secure Shell (ssh). It not only encrypts passwords but all data packets going on the network. When you install Linux on two machines in your home, it defaults to not allowing FTP or telnet connections. So the two machines can not see or talk to each other.
This is accomplished by using secure FTP. This consists of first
establishing a secure shell connection and then running FTP on top
of that so all packets are encrypted. Here is how to do it:
Yes you can.
There is a hidden directory called ".wine" under the
"/home/user1" directory where a windows applicaiton
can be installed. It contains the MS Windows type registry,
the "Program Files" and the "documents" directories
that you are familiar with. There is even a "notepad.exe"
you can run. Here is how to do it:
Yes there are two ways to do this. The first
is to use the commercial product called
You would use "wine" mentioned previously and then install this
product and a real copy of MS Office XP on top of it. So since,
you are now running the real thing on Linux you have your
VBA Macros. The goal of Crossover Office is to have most major
Windows applications run just as good as they do in MS Windows on
the Linux platform. Note, some Microsoft Applications are not
supported, check with them to be sure.
The second way is to use the Citrix client for Unix or Java and connect to the Microsoft Windows Terminal Server running the Citrix Server program. Note, the Microsoft Office application is installed on the Citrix Server. This method is gauranteed to work for any application you have running on the Citrix Server. Click here to see a copy of the paper I presented in 2001 on Citrix at HP World. Note, you can read it in Open Office and of course Microsoft Office.
Be careful here!
When you download software it is often written for Microsoft
Windows applications. Make sure it is written for Linux. Then
you can use it easily. Typically it will be in the form of a
package that ends with the extension ".rpm". So for
example, there may be an application package called
"appointment.rpm" that would
work. An application that is called "appointment.exe"
is probably written for the Microsoft Platform . To load
your Linux software go
to "YAST" off the main Start menu, login with the
root password (linux01)
when prompted and click on install software. Now browse to your
desktop when asked and click on the application package
"appointment.rpm". The package should install automatically in the
appropiate menu folder and give you an icon to run it. If an
applicaiton is a Java application, you can run it by simply, left
mouse clicking, then going over to "open with" and pick "Konqueror"
for application to open it with. If you do not see an icon for
Konqueror, just type "Konqueror" (no quotes). If you still insist
on downloading a Microsoft platform application, see the previous
section to be sure the application will work.
As a reward for reading this far , here is a link to some Java games. I have not looked at them so I will leave you to try them.
Java Card and Board Games