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First of all i want to say hi to all of you guys. As you can clearly see by the title of this thread i'm a COMPLETE newbie on this ...
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    Hi all... Newbie here...


    First of all i want to say hi to all of you guys.

    As you can clearly see by the title of this thread i'm a COMPLETE newbie on this linux things.
    I've dnl the distro from Mandrake 9.2 and burnt the ISOs to cds. Then i,ve redimensioned my 40Gb partition (winXP installed on it), rebboted the comp and started to install Linux. I want to say that installing it was like taking a candy from a baby. It worked just fine and after some CD switches i got mandrake installed at first atempt! I gess i'm lucky...

    So far so good. But after installing (i got the LILO working well and can dual boot) started my problems...
    To be sincere the problems aren't due to Hardware/software issues (fortunately). To be realy sincere they are due to my almost complete (to not say complete) ignorance about linux.
    So i'm asking for help. I really need to understand how linux works... The basics... How to install progs, how to uninstall them, how to manage the OS, things like that.

    I would also want to put some small questions. I'm managing a small network of 30 comps connected to a Win2000 cluster with 2 nodes. I plan to switch to linux on the workstations. The cluster needs to stay in Windows enviroment since it doesn't belong to us and i can't reinstall it (i wouldn't know how to do it to tell the truth...)
    Every user as to access on the network several things: the printers, one public folder, one private folder of each user, the mailbox on a exchage server and some folders that are accessed by some progies...
    I've realized allready the most of this is done through Samba and winbind (to login to the windows network...). The problem is how is this done? 'm afraid of doing something that could damage the cluster...

    Another issue is that i've read that ntfs partitions are read only... If they are and i can't work with them from linux that's a great handicap on my plans on abandon windows and UPGRADE to linux...

    Well for now i won't put more questions... many more will arise for sure but then i'll come here again and ask for your help... (if you'll be so kind and give it to me...)

    Thanks in advance

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    We already have a lot of really good documentation here, so take a look at http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=11

    If that is not enough for you, you always have us ( ), tldp.org, linux.org, usenet etc etc

    Not to talk about some books you can find on the frontage (amazon ones), they can be really relevant to learning GNU/Linux!

    If that isn't enough for you, I'm shure google.com/linux will do the trick

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    Sorry, I don't know, someone other than me will have to answer here!

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    I think that 2.6.* has write support for NTFS partitions, but I'm not shure of how stable the writesupport is. What I would do is converted the NTFS to fat32 and mounted it with rw as this is possible.

    Previous problems with writesupport to NTFS, is that is had totaly screwed up the partition, but linuxntfs.sf.net IIRC has some damage-control tools. But also since its in the kernel, I would suppose its quite stable? Anyone feel to comment on this?

    Good luck!

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    Re: Hi all... Newbie here...

    Quote Originally Posted by disgrace
    So far so good. But after installing (i got the LILO working well and can dual boot) started my problems...
    To be sincere the problems aren't due to Hardware/software issues (fortunately). To be realy sincere they are due to my almost complete (to not say complete) ignorance about linux.
    So i'm asking for help. I really need to understand how linux works... The basics... How to install progs, how to uninstall them, how to manage the OS, things like that.
    Well u could look at Mdk docs

    Quote Originally Posted by disgrace
    Another issue is that i've read that ntfs partitions are read only... If they are and i can't work with them from linux that's a great handicap on my plans on abandon windows and UPGRADE to linux...
    Thanks in advance
    With the new kernel u could read/write normally on ntfs partition (I test it with the 2.6.0)
    Btw:welcome in our world

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    NTFS is read only, that's true. But you only use the NTFS driver to access local NTFS partitions. If you want to communicate with file servers over SMB (which I'm guessing is what you want, right?), it doesn't matter if they run NTFS or FAT or UFS or whatever, since the protocol is independent of that.

    The only write support there is for NTFS is to alter existing files. However, you can't change the size of files, modify directories and so on.

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