Newbie Questions??

I just installed Linux 4.0 and athough I am very computer literate, I am not Linux literate.

First. How do I get to my other drives (CD, floppy, other partitions)?

Second. How do I set Linux up so I can access my DOS drives and NT can access my Linux partition.

Third, Is there a good (plain english) document or website that would explain how I setup my NIC card and network to connect to the Internet (I have a DSL connection)?

Last. Is there a "plain english" book, document, or website on Linux in general. All the sites I have looked at assume you know what your doing, thus making no sense to me at all.

Thanks for the help.
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1. before you use any devices, you need to mount, eg. mount /dev/hdc /mnt/cdrom
You can also use /etc/fstab to make it easier.
2. You need to recompile your kernel to let it support vfat and ntfs. For some system, maybe your system already support it. If you need to view your linux partition in windows, you need a tool called fsdext2, a iosubsys driver for windows95/nt. Please search on the net.
3. Please read the linux howto documents for any hardware related issues in linux.
4.I recommend you read the dos2linux and other fundamentary howto's. Linux howto is always the best document for linux users.

I think your question is too broad to be answered correctly :)
BeaufordAuthor Commented:
I am rejecting your answer as someone emailed me from a post I made in the Linux newsgroup the correct procedure to do this. I have everything working the way I asked above, except for my CD drive, but I suspect it is a minor issue and I have just done something wrong. I do appreciate your time and effort to answer my question.

As for the HOWTO documents; I find them geared towards the users that are somewhat familiar to Linux.  I find that in their explanation of a problem they refer to something else I don't know how to do, leaving another gap. This is why I am looking for something straight forward "english" . Ex. Step 1: do this;
Step 2: do that; Step 3; In order to do 1 you must first do this.
You get the drift anyways.

Thanks again for the effort.
"you just install linux 4.00" , for slackware 4.00 i mean ?
it's a good choice!
1) your system recognize your cd, vfat ( for win95 and NT with no ntfs ) if not go to 2)
=> just mount this on on a directory from your choice
a- for the cdrom
'mount /dev/cdrom /cdrom' ( /dev/cdrom is a link on your cdrom device that can differ whith the kind of HW - ide , scsi or special, you can see the attribution of the device during the boot time - /cdrom must be an empty directory)
b- for any partition ( linux or other )
'mount /dev/<xxx> /<a-directory> [-t <arg>]'
<xxx>: the name of the device of your partition ( hda1 for ide or sda1 for scsi in the most case for windows ; fd0 for the floppy disk)
<a-directory>: an empty directory for that use ( same case that /cdrom)
-t <arg>: the name of the type of file system ( vfat for win9x, ...)- nothing for linux ext2fs
(you can also mount a fs from an other machine via nfs)
2) your system don't recognized cdrom, other fs, ...
( for the cdrom you can see that during the boot time and for the fs's in files in the /proc or during attemting to mount this - 'your kernel don't support xxx filsystem' message)
in this case, 2 ways
2-a)=> the easiest but no glory way
reinstall your system but now choice the good bootdisk that fit your HW and during the installation when you are asked for the choice of the kernel answer 'the kernel of the boot disk'
reboot when the new installation is done
that's all you can return to point 1)
2-b)=> the nice way - recompile your kernel
you must have the sources installed !
cd /usr/src/linux
make menuconfig
.... respond to all questions to fit your HW , it is not easy but you have a help for each point and when you doubt take the default value...
make clean ; make dep
make bzImage
make modules
make modules_install
.... take your new kernel and install it in / ...
.... edit your /etc/lilo.conf to insert the new kernel - new option for the boot menu so you can reboot from your old kernel if somethings go wrong...
lilo (to reinstall the mbr)
if somethings go wrong reboot from your old kernel and return to point 2-b) with courage
else that's all you can return to point 1)
3) to see your linux partitions from windows:
there exist some tools that you can download from freeware/shareware sites
4) for NT
ntfs or 'dos-fs'
'dos-fs' no problem - same case win9x
ntfs seems not good supported (?) only in read only, I think but linux is upgrading every day , so ... and that must not more difficult than for the other fs if it is fully supported for now
5) good lectures from LDP ( available on sunsite or other mirrors)
=> linux is not windows , you must learn a minimum to install it and the 2 guides that follows are very easy to read , the howto's are more specialized
'system administration guide' (sag)
'network administration guide' (nag)
the relieved 'HOWTO's'
'man' ( for the on-line help )
'o'reilly' is a publischer specialized in UNIX ( and linux)
always in english and sometimes in french,...


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