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Re: VMWare

Almost every program you will need can be found for Linux.  I converted
cold-turkey and forced myself to find replacement applications for the
windows programs I was using.  That was a long time ago and didn't have
nearly the amount of programs that we have today.

Good luck!

Jake Johnson

On Mon, 9 Jun 2003, lists1 wrote:

> On Thursday 05 June 2003 04:27, mavi-net internet hizmetleri wrote:
> > I am a Windows User, I want to learn GNU/Linux Debian, but all of my
> > special docs and project in Win32 platform. So I tried to use VMWare to
> > learn Debian, after that, if I can success that, I will transfer all of my
> > projects to Linux. Now; I have a problem about Debian in VMware, graphical
> > sytem does not run. I tried a lot of screen config on XF86Config file but
> > noting change. So, if anybody now, can you help me about using Debian in
> > VMware on Win32 machine?
> >
> > Thanks
> Try Knoppix.  It isn't a straight install of Debian, but it is Debian based,
> and has the apt package manager which works if you decide to install to the
> hard disk.  I wouldn't recommend the knoppix hard disk install though, as it
> requires a ridiculous 2.2+ GB in /.
> You can try the distro out by simply downloading and burning the iso image of
> knoppix, or buying it from one of the distributors for a few dollars if you
> don't have a broadband connection or cd burner.  If you can boot from the cd
> or floppy drive, this is an ideal distro to try out, as it doesn't alter your
> hard drive (unless you decide to install it to hard disk), and once you log
> out of knoppix, it ejects the cd, and nothing is changes on your hard drive.
> If you can spare a bit of space, a couple hundred MB in your home directory
> of your windows installation, you can save your settings, so that you don't
> have to re-enter your networking info (ethernet card, ip address or dhcp,
> nameservers, new passwords, etc), it saves it all for you in a single file,
> which you can delete from windows at any time later if you need the space.
> If you do decide to use knoppix, make sure it can use your windows swap
> partition, if you have one, or create some swap space (temporary file on your
> windows drive), and allocate enough space (at least a couple hundred MB if
> possible, more if you have less than 128 MB Ram) for the swap file.  If you
> save your settings in the configuration file you created, you can also save
> the swap space, if you can spare the room.
> To boil it down, if you have the space, save configuration info in one file,
> save a knoppix/debian home directory (for your debian files and for your
> windows files you'd like to edit under knoppix/debian), and save a swap file.
> When you boot up the disk, it may ask you (especially if low on ram) how much
> space you'd like to allocate for swap.  Once the desktop appears, go to
> "start" (lower left icon on bottom taskbar), then "Knoppix" then choose among
> the handful of directory choices there.  One or more of the sub-directories
> will allow you to do all I mentioned above, another will allow you to set up
> your network if not using dhcp, and another will allow you to start your ssh
> daemon if and when needed.
> Once that is all done, remember to save your settings before logging out.  The
> next time you want to practice with knoppix/debian, all you have to do is
> type: knoppix myconfig=scan  at the boot prompt, and it will pick up all your
> previous settings and find your home and swap directories if/when created.
> To see your windows files, you'll need to "mount" the indicated partitions
> (should show up on your desktop), and then you can browse your windows files
> by opening konqueror browser (or other favorite), and typing /mnt/hda1 or
> /mnt/hda2 or /mnt/hda3 or whatever your hard drive partitions show up as.  If
> you have more than one ide hard disk, you'll have hda and hdb, and the cdrom
> may be among these, hdb, hdc or whatever, or it may show under /mnt/cdrom as
> well.  If you have scsi drives, or a raid card with ide drives, the
> partitions will show up as sda1, sda2, etc.
> Don't forget that the partitions may be mounted read only, so that you don't
> run the danger of writing to your windows partitions.  If you need to change
> this, you'll have to mount as root, and possibly edit the fstab file as well
> (don't remember right now).
> Get on Knoppix's mailing list, and check the archives, and faqs.  It's  a
> little sparse right now, but the faq helps, and after checking the archives,
> if you don't have an answer you're looking for, post the question.
> One of the good things about knoppix is that it picks up a lot of hardware
> that other distros have difficulty with.  This may help with your graphics
> problem.
> Now if knoppix would only fix their hard disk installer (ridiculous / space
> requirement, non-partitioning, non ReiserFS unless already existing)...
> Good luck.
> Bing.
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