hi, first off, i'm really new to Linux, and by that i mean i just
installed it yesterday! i had very few glitches when installing (nothing
due to anything but my getting aquainted with the installer, etc.), but i
got it to work right, so i don't think that's my problem.
i've got a basic working knowledge of UNIX (Solaris), so this isn't all
greek to me. :)
first, here's my configuration:
PowerComputing PowerCenter 150
MacOS 8.1 on one drive
LinuxPPC on a dedicated drive (1.4 GB)
ethernet (configured correctly, connections do work)
the problem that i'm having is that X just won't work. i start it up (i've
tried several commands, like 'X' and 'startx') and it changes to a gray
screen with an X-shaped cursor (my mouse moves it, anyway) in the middle.
then it just sits there. nothing ever shows up on the screen. i even
started it last night before i went to bed and this morning the only thing
that had changed was that the screen had dimmed to another shade of gray.
it popped back to what it normal is when i moved the mouse and then i was
back where i started. the only way i can get out of this dreaded gray
screen is to restart the computer. usually taht causes some disk errors,
but those are easily fixed using the command 'e2fsck' (i *think* that's
it, but i'm in MacOS right now).
i've tried reinstalling Linux a couple of times, but that doesn't do it either.
i have no idea what is going on here. i've never even used X before, but
i'm following the instructions that i've found very carefully.
there were a couple of files that failed to install no matter howmany
times i tried. they were 'xmahjongg' and 'latex2html'. the installer gave
an error something like "execuation of script failed".
some other questions that i've yet to find answers for:
-how do i delete a user after i make one with 'adduser'?
-after creating a new user with 'adduser' what do i have to do to change
the new user's password? i've tried just using 'passwd' immediately
afterword, but that seems to be changing the root account's password.
-how do i emulate terminals for telnet? when i telnet somewhere, the
remote server tells me that it doesn't understand terminal type 'linux' (i
can't find a TERM file anywhere...)
help with these things and any other tips would be greatly appreciated.
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