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lots of questions about install, part., resolution etc.

Postby hansy on Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:17 pm

hi

id like to test linux mint because it seems to be easy, simple and smart. but before i test it, id like to have some newb questions answered if possible. i would really appreciate that.

1. partition. in windows (yes i know, linux is not windows!) i have zero problems with manually install and partitioning. im not even sure, how much ive got left, but i think its about 15 gb which id like to use for linux mint.
my c: is windows (25 gb, ntfs), d: games (25 gb, ntfs), e: files (65 gb, ntfs), f: empty no filesystem
should i use ext4 or ext3? should i use standard installation or manually? / + /home + /swap or? how much in swap if so?

2. i read about a tool where you can install a linux .iso (not sure if all or just some) from windows instead of burning the cd and install via cd. is there something like that existing for linux mint 8 (when its out)?

3. biggest problem so far (long time ago with ubuntu) getting the nvidia driver to work. i found a auto install script (or something like that) which worked perfectly, but with the resolution and dualscreen (dualview) i couldnt get it done like in windows.
what id like to have, and hopefully easy for a newbie like me:
dualview
monitor A: 1680 x 1050 (mainmonitor, where i do basicly everything)
monitor B: 1360 x 768 (it's a lcd tv, where usually nothing is on, well other than the wallpaper. but sometimes i play games or watch videos. so i pull the video over via drag and drop from the left (A) to the right (B).
will i be able to use this with linux mint like i use it in windows easily? install + configuration! (i got a nvidia 7900 gs gpu)

4. can i use linux mint in german (the os) but firefox in english?

5. i love my software firewall at windows xp (i use it at classic mode btw, i dont like fancy 3d stuff in os or "nice colors" etc.). it basicly showes me which programs wants to "dial" on the internet etc.
is there a firewall similiar to sygate personal firewall available? (for example: after installing firefox, it says firefox wants to connect to the internet to ip xxx.xxx.xxx.xx, then i can say yes / no (remember or not))

6. i used to windows xp fonts. will i be able to get the windows xp classic look (fontwise!) working at linux mint? linux mint, on screenshots, looks very nice and simple, thats the way i really like it.

7. i read about a security hole (i think its this one: http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/36901) is that one fixed with linux mint 8?

i hope those weren't to many questions.

cheers.
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Re: lots of questions about install, part., resolution etc.

Postby DrHu on Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:34 pm

hansy wrote:4. can i use linux mint in german (the os) but firefox in english?
5. i love my software firewall
7. i read about a security hole

4..can i use linux mint in german...
Yes, I think so, keyboard layout or scim will allow you to switch language in use
--there is also the international edition, which has more language translation support
5.i love my software firewall
UFW is already running in Linux mint (that is a software firewall), and already protects your OS, additionally if you connect to the Internet via an ISP, their router also has a firewall protection; just don't make the mistake of paying for extra protection services from them, they already have to provide them just to protect themselves, and suggesting you should be paying for that type of protection is simply advertising puffery..

In terminal, check
    ufw --status
7. i read about a security hole..
Security hole, first note
    Remote: No
Meaning it is not a remote exploit, so it can't be delivered via the Internet or external connections, only by a logged in user at your desktop..

Therefore unless you are really worried about who gets to use your computer and their skill/interest level vis-a-vis security exploits: nothing to be concerned about
--and usually these kinds of security "oops" get fixed fairly quickly with newer kernels or patches for those that need them..
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Re: lots of questions about install, part., resolution etc.

Postby hansy on Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:19 pm

DrHu wrote:4..can i use linux mint in german...
Yes, I think so, keyboard layout or scim will allow you to switch language in use
--there is also the international edition, which has more language translation support

thx but i thought that german wouldnt be a problem. id like to know if i can use german on the OS (linux mint) and firefox (which i suppose is build in?) in english.


DrHu wrote:5.i love my software firewall
UFW is already running in Linux mint (that is a software firewall), and already protects your OS, additionally if you connect to the Internet via an ISP, their router also has a firewall protection; just don't make the mistake of paying for extra protection services from them, they already have to provide them just to protect themselves, and suggesting you should be paying for that type of protection is simply advertising puffery..

In terminal, check
    ufw --status

sounds good to me that a software firewall is already running, i hope its similiar to my sygate firewall.
btw, i dont use any routers, only 1 switch. so far, i had no security problems with windows at all! (i'm not joking, only had one "trojan" in the last couple of years, thx to stupid java and that, according to the only results, was only in the temporary file and harmless. non the less i deleted java right away, ever since, no virus / trojans etc.)


DrHu wrote:7. i read about a security hole..
Security hole, first note
    Remote: No
Meaning it is not a remote exploit, so it can't be delivered via the Internet or external connections, only by a logged in user at your desktop..

Therefore unless you are really worried about who gets to use your computer and their skill/interest level vis-a-vis security exploits: nothing to be concerned about
--and usually these kinds of security "oops" get fixed fairly quickly with newer kernels or patches for those that need them..

thats good enough for me, still i hope it will be fixed eventually.

thx

ps: did i wrote in the wrong forum or is the newbie section always so "empty"?
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Re: lots of questions about install, part., resolution etc.

Postby DrHu on Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:46 pm

thx but i thought that german wouldnt be a problem. id like to know if i can use german on the OS (linux mint) and firefox (which i suppose is build in?) in english.

And for individual applications like firefox which don't always pay attention to global (OS settings), for example with fonts; there may also be a problem ref: menus being translated

Firefox: some extensions, mainly for translations not menus..
http://mashable.com/2007/08/21/firefox-language-tools/
http://www.ehow.com/how_2315722_change- ... refox.html
    For Firefox menus, might be done via this method..

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/7361
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/13897
http://www.tothepc.com/archives/automat ... e-lexicon/

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I think that menus are in English unless someone has already provided a translation
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Re: lots of questions about install, part., resolution etc.

Postby dawgdoc on Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:22 pm

hansy wrote:1. partition.
f: empty no filesystem should i use ext4 or ext3? should i use standard installation or manually? / + /home + /swap or? how much in swap if so?
2. i read about a tool where you can install a linux .iso... from windows.... is there something like that existing for linux mint 8 (when its out)?
3. ...getting the nvidia driver to work. ...resolution and dualscreen (dualview) i couldnt get it done like in windows.
6. i used to windows xp fonts. will i be able to get the windows xp classic look (fontwise!)


1) partitions --
a) you can check the size of the free space with the Disk Manager tool in the System Admin Tools or use any linux LiveCD that has gparted.
b) asking how you should partition your hard drive will elicit a plethora of opinions. I partitioned manually. In this post I link to several threads and the wiki section on partitioning. Fred gives some good guidance on partitioning:
c) ext4 will be the default file system for Helena, you can choose ext3 during installation - at least in a manual install. Searching the forums, Mint and Ubuntu, should give a lot of ideas and opinions. There should be more info at the ext4 developers site.
d) /swap -- if you plan to use suspend (sleep) or hibernate, make your /swap as large as or larger than your ram.
e) /home -- a separate home partition can save some headaches, but is not essential. ( I have separate /home /usr and a couple of data partitions which are formated as ntfs to share w/ my XP install.

2) The tool is Mint4Win. It has it's own area in the forums here.

3) nVidia driver should be availabe. I have seen a number or threads in the forum regarding this. It will work with monitors of differing resolutions. A search should find the relevant threads.

6) XP fonts -- Package manager does provide some MS core fonts, many True Type Fonts (MS and otherwise), etc. There are threads in the forums regarding improving the appearance of fonts.

Hope this helps some.
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Re: lots of questions about install, part., resolution etc.

Postby Silent Warrior on Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:33 am

4: I know my Firefox is in English, with (most of) the rest of the desktop in Swedish. Love your package manager, and check the line-up of localization-/internationalization-packages - to be ABSOLUTELY sure you'll see the right languages, only install the languages you know you want (i.e. locale-gnome-de).

6: Check out www.gnome-look.org when you like - you can do BETTER than the XP default-look! (There are also many 3rd party icons/cursors/themes converted to Gnome that were originally made for Windows, so...)
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