Newbie questions about installing and documentation
I am a complete newbie at linux (and not very experienced in unix
system administration) which I will now demonstrate by the following
First of all, I haven't really made my mind up about which linux I
should install. Is debian a good choice considering that I am a
newbie? Is the slackware version more
stable/user-friendly/complete/popular? There doesn't seem to be too
much articles concerning debian at comp.os.linux.*, how come?
Where is the `debian/disks' directory referred to by
Where is the `100+ page manual documenting the installation process'
referred to by http://www.debian.org/release-date.html?
I currently have only an almost filled 420MB hard-disk. I am seriously
considering buying a second one to use exlusively for linux.
Before I do this I would like to try linux out, is this possible
without repartitioning my current hard disk, i.e. just setting up a
small experimental linux?
What size hard-disk should I get? My main interest is actually to
learn how to administrate a unix system. It will be on a isolated
(excepting modem) single 486 PC and I will be the only user. I will
mostly install things that I think are fun, like emacs and nethack. To
be comfortable, do I need more than 540MB?
In the same note, is 8 MB of memory comfortable?
Oh yes, I have no facilities whatsoever for backing up my
hard-disk(s), is this a major worry?
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