I am a (very) new user to Linux, I have tinkered with various live CDs in the past but now ready to jump in head first to Linux. I recently found out that the ATI graphic chip fried for some reason (over heating I suspect) and am left with the integrated (VGA) graphics. Thus, my T500 has volunteered to become my first Linux machine.
Ok, enough rambling… Other than recording some basic system information, is there anything I need to do to my T500 to get it ready for Linux? I have already removed any files that I might need for my other computers, so I have no problem turfing the HDD. This will be a 100% Linux machine, do not want to dual boot with windows.
Thanks in advance.
On 08/16/2012 08:56 PM, Wrexxman wrote:
> Other that recording some basic system
> information, is there anything I need to do to my T500 to get it ready
> for Liniux?
the machine is probably ready…probably more ready than you are
actually…lot of differences between whatever you used before and where
you are going…here are some things to help you get ready:
to successfully fetch and iso, burn it to a disk and test it for
completeness, see here: http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Download_help and
other links on the software download page
<http://software.opensuse.org/121/en>…don’t miss the section “How to
and have a thoughtful look at
and, don’t assume you can “try everything you can think of” and be
successful (because a lot of the stuff you can think of may work great
on another system, but harm this one)
gather up a lot of patience, go slow, and learn as you go…
you may be making a big mistake thinking you are gonna like anything in
Thanks for the help, install is in progress. I did a factory of Windows XP and it fixed the VGA graphics problem, so once the openSUSE install is done, I should have full use of the Intel GMA 4500MHD Graphics.
Install went ok, spent some time on the disk partitioning as I did not want to keep Windows. Everything was detected, graphics are fine, touchpad works. Now to customize and install some software.
On 08/22/2012 03:56 PM, Wrexxman wrote:
> Now to customize and install some software.
go slowly…don’t do a lot of stuff at one time…just try to change
only one thing a day…that way if it blows up you have a chance to know
use YaST Software Management to install software…what do you need
that didn’t come included in a default install??
please don’t make the mistake of thinking you must have a bunch of
Windows programs running in wine…
I am looking to install OORexx (I do REXX programming as part of my job) but, the version available from the site is for an older version of openSUSE. As I will be using this at work, I did have to uninstall some programs (IRC for example) as the corporate firewall is brutal and a snitch.
On 08/22/2012 04:56 PM, Wrexxman wrote:
> I am looking to install OORexx (I do REXX programming as part of my job)
> but, the version available from the site is for an older version of
> openSUSE. As I will be using this at work, I did have to uninstall some
> programs (IRC for example) as the corporate firewall is brutal and a
well, if you are a “programmer” you are way ahead of me in the ability
to learn from documentation, and natural hacker stature–so i’ll just
encourage you to read a lot and ask questions when you need to…
hmmmm…rexx i remember i fooled with a little in OS/2…
WAIT: what operating system and version did you install?
anyway, on http://www.oorexx.org/download.html i see the latest oorexx
as 4.1.1 and a package of it ready for openSUSE 11.4, which i guess
might work with what you have (12.1?)…if not fetch their source and
compile it on your machine (use YaST to download/install the patterns
of “base development” and “C/C++ development”)
but, for the long run you might be better off running a SUSE Linux
Enterprise version…(i see an oorexx for SLES 11 on the same page)
I do not consider myself a true “programmer”. I work with mainframe systems and often have to write REXX programs to meet my needs and client requirements.