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Redhat Linux 6.2

I had an old Elonex P75 that I used as my Linux box, the case is very small and elonex had to make a long narrow motherboard that used a riser for the expansion slots. Installing windows 95/98/20 on this was interesting[!]. The windows installer would crash about an hour[!] into the installation. The way around this was to install DOS then win 3.x and slap win 9.x ontop of that. I asked elonex about this and they told me I had to upgrade the PC. Linux installed without any problems, corel linux however took about 2 hours to install and ran like a slug.

When I tried Redhat 6.2 I was suprised, I don't like graphical installers that sniff out the hardware and do it all. They take to long, you usually know what is in the box and where it is any way. Rh6.2 came up with the correct settings for a prehistoric monitor and even correctly setup the "white horse industrial" sound card! I had to rem it from the disk the next day to try BSD so I didn't use it long enough to see see any improvements over 6.1 but everything appeared to work, conf.modules now has the parport line so printers are detected out of the box.

A work station install took 47 minutes, that is to install ~600 Mb compared to corel linux taking ~3 hrs and win98 170 Mb in 84 mins; win 98 install is including dos win3.x install.

I have writen a simple Installation leaflet its a 10 page pdf you can read it and print it if you need it, all the information is on the CD's. I will make it avialable in lyx and ps. If you want to add something tell me; I know half a dozen people have used it, none of them commented on it, Is that bad?

I always get asked what do you do with linux? What software is available? Well I started to use it when I was doing a Fortran project, I had to make changes to any code I wrote on an X terminal before I could continue on a PC. I was using Textedit, a Fortran compiler and XVGR. I stuck Linux on my PC and was delighted to find I could run openwindows and found the programs I was using were on a Linux CD. I continued my Fortran project and didn't look back. I had been writing reports on a PC with MS Office, this mean't sorting all the work out and transfering text files for graphs to a PC. Lets face it MS Office isn't all that good and It doesn't like graphing large files. So I was delighted to find LYX now KLYX, this is a graphical frontend for Tex or laTex. Tex is for document preparation. It saves a lot of time by doing all the formating and the picture floating is excellent, all picture will be placed at the top of pages and text will fill the page. I could export my graphs from XVRG or gnuplot as .eps files, this was good as XVGR produces nice graphs. I then found people were using LaTex, but hand coding it, it's similar to html. With klyx you will have to do a bit of hand coding the code for a super script 2 is: ./(^{2}/) if my memory serves me right.

I had to make my PC dual boot when I did a project that was going to be used on a windows PC, the visual basic program that ran the experiment outlined on the page about band gap measurement. I then started to play with autocad and I am sorry to say I don't have linux on this PC now.



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