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    Used Linux for first time today

    Long story, but I had a non-booting XP laptop with data no it. XP repair CD wouldn't work either.

    I Looked up XP repair websites on Google, someone recommended a Knoppix CD as a last resort.

    I downloaded Knoppix, booted the laptop with it and was able to copy all the teacher's file to the server, before formatting the hd and reinstalling XP. No problem!

    I was very impressed with Knoppix generally.

    I don't know why it was recommended as a *last resort*. I now have a copy of the CD in my tool box and will be using it a lot more in cases like this in the future.

    That's all I wanted to say,really. I've been putting off Linux for a long time, now I've done it I don't know what I was scared of. I'll be using it a lot more in the future.

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    Re: Used Linux for first time today

    Knoppix is an excellent start to getting into Linux.

    Don't be afraid to download an ISO of one of the popular Linux distros and get it installed on a spare machine. I know it looks daunting but we all started somewhere!

    My distro of choice is Debian, be prepared to answer some questions about your hardware during install, it's not as "plug and play" as Windows.

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    Re: Used Linux for first time today

    Knoppix is really good!

    I also carry a copy of it in my laptop bag for those times when staff- I mean machines- mess up ;-)

    I recommend that you try and get a copy of the book "Knoppix Hacks"- very good for quick and easy solutions using Knoppix.

    Paul

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    Re: Used Linux for first time today

    Did exactly the same myself recently too! Surprised myself how simple the process was, and how familiar the interface was to an entrenched windows user as myself. Managed to map a drive immediately and copy over files without hassle.

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    Re: Used Linux for first time today

    yes same here also look at auditor http://www.remote-exploit.org/index.php/Main_Page which is a variation wiht somegood forensic tools on it..

    also with knoppix when you access a floppy and then try access a nothier floppy it seems to not read it correct and display blank window

    anyideas

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    Re: Used Linux for first time today

    you need to unmount the floppy then remove it then insert the new floppy and then mount the new floppy. There should be an icon on the desktop to do the mounting/unmounting (right click it).

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    Re: Used Linux for first time today

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    you need to unmount the floppy then remove it then insert the new floppy and then mount the new floppy. There should be an icon on the desktop to do the mounting/unmounting (right click it).
    will try that cheers geoff

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    Re: Used Linux for first time today

    CD/DVD/USB is less of a pain because the device tells Linux when somethings been put in/taken out. Floppys don't have this facility so you have to do things the old fashioned way rather than use the automounter. Moral of the story: Floppys suck.

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    Re: Used Linux for first time today

    eye they do but reason was using knobbix inf first place to get acces to some disk from office which xp wouldnt read....

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    Re: Used Linux for first time today

    I was given an iso image of knoppix the other day and thought I'd try it out, but on loading it I find it's all in German. Is there a way of changing the desktop language to English? As I can't read German, I can't make head nor tail of what's going on.

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    Re: Used Linux for first time today

    Download a version from an english mirror.

    http://www.knopper.net/knoppix-mirro...linux/knoppix/

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    Re: Used Linux for first time today

    thanks Chris. I asn't sure if you could change the language settings from the desktop as in windows. I'm now browsing via firefox in knoppix, and going to have a play now.
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    Re: Used Linux for first time today

    Im sure you will be able to change the settings most definately but finding them if you dont know german is gonna be difficult unless you can recognise the odd phrase.

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