I am extremely grateful to anyone who can help with any or all of these
questions. You can post in the group or feel free to email me.
I have RedHat 5.1 installed on my machine and it installs and basically
operates flawlessly except for a few things:
1). I can set up my PPP connection, dial in via minicom, and everything
works fine. However, if I try to set up Netscape (4.05) it won't accept the
mail server names. I know that I have to be connected when I set this up,
and I have set up the netcfg while logged in as root or as su (I've tried
2). I downloaded the updated copy of Netscape (4.06) on the RH site. When
I installed the rpms using the rpm -U netscape* command, I ended up with two
copies on my system, which threw my Netscape configs into oblivion. How do
I get rid of one and replace it with the newer? Do Linux programs have
tenticles which reach into various directories like MS Windows, so that when
you remove a program, parts get left behind?
3). While on the subject of browsers and mail clients, would anyone
recommend any viable replacements for Netscape?
4). When I boot up the machine and run Linux from the LILO prompt, I have
no problems getting things to work right. However, when I close the
Xwindows program and go back to the prompt and either try to log in as root
or, having been in root, try to log in as user, I either have no screen echo
of what I type or I keep getting login: password: prompts until I finally
have to do a manual shutdown. Anyone know why?
5). I see that there are several new patches to RedHat 5.1 since July 13
(which I believe it the date of the distribution on my CD). I have
downloaded them all. But when I went to update the kernal from 2.0.34 to
2.0.25, I could no longer start Linux at LILO and it would not read my
CD-Rom when I booted from my emergency disk. How do I patch Linux so that I
don't goof up my setup.
6). I have an ESS1860 sound card. How can I configure that to work with
Linux. It's not a big deal, but it would be nice to get it up and running.
7). If I back up my system to a tape drive, is there a program that will
allow me to do an emergency restore in the event that I foul things up and
need to get back to my most recent stable installation?
8) Finally, I realize I run the risk of starting a holy war here, but
knowing that Linux comes in various incarnations, is Red Hat the most
stable, or would I be better off with Caldera's 1.2 or 1.3 Basic or another
distribution. I want stability and ease of configurability as I learn the
system. If you would recommend a distribution other than Red Hat, I would
like to know which one and why you feel that way.