Red Hat 5.0 (and 5.1, 5.2) should have installed all the programs you
need to run a GUI. You need to run a program to set up Linux with the
additional information it needs of a GUI (information on your video
card, monitor, mouse and keyboard). The red hat install can do this, or
you can run XF86Setup or XConfig to do this. (Look in the Red Hat
manual for the commands--red hat keeps a copy of the manual on line, so
you can do this even if you didn't buy an official copy.) Then, once
you are logged on, simply type "startx" to start the Xwindows GUI.
You can also set up Linux to boot directly into a GUI (I think it is
user level 5 in LILO, but I never do this so I am not sure).
You might also consider trying the Caldera (the newest release) since
it is very geared to being friendly to windows and mac users who mostly
know how to click on icons. I hear it even installs from Windows. It
will set itself up to boot into the GUI (so I've heard, anyway).
There is a ton of free documentation on the net at the Linux
Documentation Project that can help you get started.
> I recently got a book with a copy of Red Hat 5. It installed it on a
> pentium II 233 without much difficulty, even partitioned the drive to
> keey Windoze on it.
> I would like to be able to install a GUI such as KDE. I am at a total
> loss as to how to do this. When I put a CD containing KDE in my cd-rom
> drive, I have no idea how to find the files on it, to know what to
> Is there a distribution I could get that will install KDE (or some other
> GUI) on installation, so I don't have this problem? I have no CLI
> experience, being basically a Mac user. Is there anyone in Europe who
> could supply this (I am in France)?
> Thanks for any help.
> Please reply by mail, I don't read this newsgroup much.