Re: Advice to newbie, please
Rudi Borth <email@example.com> writes:
> I am considering switching the operating system of my personal
> computer to GNU/Linux, and I would appreciate some guidance regarding two
> elementary questions:
> Q1: Would this make sense for a single user who is not a programmer?
Yes! A 486-25/8MB is a clunker in MicroSoft, and a powerful
workstation in Linux. Especially if you're willing to do without
X-windows. I run X-windows but mostly because Netscape requires
it. I have run X-windows on an 8 MB machine, it's just not very fast
but it works.
There is a browser called lynx which works under the
console. Apparently you can get WordPerfect 5.1 for linux now,
presumably it runs on the console as well. There are several tools for
reading MSWord files, eg catdoc and wordview. zgv is an image viewer
that works under the console. And so on. You can find out more about
all this once you get linux installed and the basic networking stuff
As far as hard drive space goes, you could try installing from floppy
(get the floppy images from www.debian.org) and then, once your
networking is up, download only the packages you need.