Yeah, last night I wiped XP off my almost-a-year-old Dell 8100. I put on Mandrake 9.0 onto a 4.5gb partion. I have a 400 meg swapfile and two 2gb FAT partions for Windows, in case I need to go to dual boot. If not, I'll just put my videos and mp3s in there.
The installation was suprisingly easy, I thought I'd have to configure a lot more stuff.
It's wierd, now I know how my grandma feels, knowing next to nothing. I can surf with it and check my email, but not much else. I now have two immidiate priorities:
1: Get my screen sized right. During the install it asked me for my screen size, which is a 1400x1050 panel. But when KDE asked me for my screen size, I couldn't pick that, I had to go with 1280x1024.
2: Figure out how to install programs. Something about a command line and RPMs or something.
1: Get the modem going
2: Network with my XP desktop, share files and it's printer
3: Find out if I can use the internal modem on a Simons M46 phone with Linux
4: Find a copy of the old free StarOffice
So there you have it. Can anyone point me towards a site set up like a "Dummy's guide"?