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Currently running SuSE 9.3 with the kid's machine on 10.0
Here are the details of my technique for
ensuring the data on a redundant hard disk will be difficult to recover.
Kids got into Linux very quickly as I installed the full
- virtually everything from the 7 CD pack. More games and stuff to play
with than you can shake a stick at. Advantage for me is I can also lock
them out of the computer for bad behaviour by changing their password.
They knew how to bypass the windows login, of course, but cannot defeat
this system so easily. They can only have controlled access to the
as I have to let them on via my network connection (the 2 machines are
connected via a simple ethernet hub).
Until now there have been few fancy graphics here as I used
to have a 14.4 modem and hated having to wait for some text which could
probably have been left alone and convey the same information. I have
bought a new 33.6 modem (installed 11/4/98)
which made a big speed difference.
Tip :- external modems are excellent - mine needs to be switched off
back on again occasionally (very occasionally) to reset itself - much
than a re-boot. I am still looking forward to an affordable ADSL which
is expected to reach this part of the UK sometime in 2010 (possibly).
I started out on-line on Compuserve, one of my main reasons
was the availability of the AutoCAD forums, giving me access to help
upgrades, but I especially liked the Unix forum - I wanted to know more
about linux and used to run SuSE 5.2 on the old machine which came free
on a magazine cover disc (PC Plus).
I got to kernel 2.0.34 or 2.2.2 - trying to learn how to
a new kernel that works !. I did not got any decent office apps running
, but kept learning all the time. I liked the KDE desktop but had
getting this system to give me more than 640 * 480 and virtual 800 *
- even though the graphics card and monitor were very standard SVGA.
Since I started with Linux, I also had available RedHat
5.2 and Caldera 1.3 - also free from magazine cover discs or came with
books, but only briefly tried.
I discovered that my old system
was set up a bit wrong - I had allocated 100MB to swap and another
to /home. This was a waste of my precious disc resource (Total 500MB)
I had to re-partition (Ok it was a lot wrong).
Linux Books I have used :-
Linux Installation and getting
guide - Matt Walsh - Version 2.2.1 1994 - ISBN 0-916151-78-6
This book was on loan from Richard who toyed with Linux
moons before I did!
S.u.S.E. Linux 9.2 (The Manuals).
Excellent reference as you would expect.
Special Edition Using Linux - Que
- 4th Edition - Jack Tacket, jr and Steve Burnett - ISBN 0-7897-1746-8
Surprisingly easy to read for such a huge book - it is over
The Complete Idiot's Guide to
- Que - Manuel Alberto Ricart - ISBN 0-7897-1826-X
This is what I should have started with. Very easy to read,
but does tend to go a bit fast - you need to follow things very
in some cases. Also tried the Caldera 1.3 which came with it as I
to do a re-partition on the old machine.
Linux and Unix Shell Programming -
Addison-Wesley - David Tansley - ISBN 0-201-67472-6
This book arrived on 23/2/00 after being ordered on-line,
via Amazon, using Netscape/Linux!!. This may be old hat to most
but seemed like a big achievement to me at the time. Very easy to read,
great source of reference and containing lots of practical advice.
Beginning Linux Programming - Wrox
Press Ltd - Neil Mathew & Richard Stones - ISBN 1-861002-97-1
Another one 50mm thick and containing 950 pages but again
to read. My "Hello World" 'c' program, as descibed in the
worked first time. Highly recommended.
Another great book:- The
Mythical Man Month - Frederick P. Brooks. I
first read this during my re-visit to college to do an HNC in 1995/6.
of what he says is applicable to fields other than computer software
but it is great reading anyway. For a few choice quotes and summaries
this book (and much, much more!) see
(Thanks Lane). If you want a copy for yourself the latest version (with
extra chapters added) is available at http://www.amazon.com/
Anyone interested in the Open Source movement and origins of Linux
should read Eric Raymonds The
Cathedral and the Bazaar
As you see I now have these pages on Freeserve - compared
Compuserve everything was a lot easier to set up and use, especially
mail and news reader.
I also have this website at www.nthong.co.uk
which is hosted by Zen Internet.
I also registered the domain www.holmfirthhigh.com
as the school published this as their web address on letterheads etc,
failed to register it!!. I have passed on the details to them and
of the domain but wait with baited breath for them to do something with
it (they are a specialist maths and computing school). In the meantime
I still have access.
I have been running the client app. for
- now running RC5-72 and OGR-25 24hrs a day.
Check out my current OGR rate of cracking :- Here
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