down in the PC World archives recently. In amongst our collection of
pricelss artifacts — MS-Dos 3.21 diskettes, XT motherboards
overclocked to 12MHz and a 486 laptop that cost a mere $6,000
(ex-GST) — I found some early Linux columns.
I've been writing (and using) Linux for four-and-a-half years
now but it all started with a column called Learning
to Love the Penguin
. A couple of months later I did a follow
to address some of the issues readers' raised, and since
then I've never looked back. They're actually not too whiskery (sorry
about the dust), and if you're still tinkering on the Linux fringes
they're worth a look for advice on how to do the Windows cold
Apart from revelations about my
, there are also a couple of years' worth of Tux
Love columns. Many are still useful though one or two are missing.
(We'd have shot the archivist if he hadn't archived
bullets. And the gun.) I've replaced them with scans from the magazine
and marked them with an asterisk*.
A step-by-step to setting up and getting started.
Your Modem Working
Still on dial-up? Many modems really do work with Linux!
A quick guide to installing software under Linux using the
as an example.
At first the way Linux lays out directories looks weird. But
it's really quite logical...
Linux isn't monolithic, it's composed of zillions of discrete,
interchangeable parts. One of the main ones is it's graphical front end.
But X Windows isn't the only choice. Here are some other
popular Window Managers.
Installing and configuring bullet-proof spam filters. Part
Setting up and configuring a network. Part
and IP Masquerading
Setting up a firewall and sharing your internet connection.
Windows Under Linux
The Wine project
allows you to run a surprising number of Windows applications natively
in Linux. Then there's CrossOver
for business apps and Cedaga
(formerly TransGaming) for games.
Fun With the Command Line
Windows users have an irrational fear of typing in
commands. Under Linux it's a doddle, and you can do anything from
browsing the web to building your own DVDs. You can even create your
own GUIs! Part
An brief introduction to Linux's main programming languages.
You don't need to be a Linux user to benefit from Open Source software.
Why Stop at One?
Techies at IBM once installed 41,100
copies of Linux on a mainframe
Our aim's more modest. If you've got some spare hard disk space you can
easily add multiple distributions to your PC. Part
The 100Mb SysRescue CD
is a boot-from-disc Linux system that could rescue a wrecked PC. Even a
Hell and Package Managers
A look at some of the solutions to "dependency hell".
A build-it-yourself kernel guide. Part
An introduction to Gentoo, the distribution you build yourself!