Ok, I’ve decided to dive into Linux and have gotten a pretty good start on it in the last few hours. I partitioned one of my HDDs so I’m able to have both Windows and Linux. I can get on the net, I can get sound. I’m doing OK. However, three things have stumped me and one is pissing me off.
#1) How do I create scripts> I got a copy of Red Hat Linux 7 for Dummies (I hate that title, but…) and it drops the cryptic comment that it’s a good idea to create a script to be a firewall. Keen. I’m on a Cable-modem, this is important. It provides a sample script. Kewl! I’m ready to go…except…it doesn’t actually say HOW to create a script. I’m logged in as ROOT(?). Do I just go to a (wrong term…) command prompt and type? How do I save it? Help!
#2) TIN is supposed to be the best Newsreader ever. I’ve heard people raving about it for years. I can’t wait to try it. However, when I do (I’m in GNOME), a box pops up, flashes a message and vanishes before I can read it, and I read fast. I suspect I have to configure it. But unless I can get into the stupid program, I don’t see how.
#3) This one’s pissing me off. Where is LILO hiding? I want it off my system. I have a Linux boot disk that works perfectly well for when I want to boot into Linux. However, I don’t see anything in the root of my C: drive (yes, I’m looking at all files). I installed Linux to partition on another physical drive than C:. I backed up all my important files (io.sys, msdos.sys, etc) and restored them, still didn’t destroy LILO. How do I get rid of the LILO that won’t die? (It really irritates me that I didn’t have the option of not installing it.)
#4) Opinions please: KDE, GNOME or something else? Anyone want to recommend one over the other? Why?
#5) Any good book on Linux that’s more advanced than Dummies, but is still pretty basic?