[sf-lug] update from computer newbie

bob sungib ffejveg at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 7 12:12:22 PDT 2006

> Hey Jim - don't know if you remember me, but I came to some sflug 
> meetings last fall/winter at which you all graciously answered my 
> questions regarding buying my 1st computer and installing linux. 
> many months now, I finally purchased a laptop (I just could not 
> justify the space for a desktop). It's an ACER from newegg.com - 
> @ $541 - but fine for learning linux, I'm sure. I should be getting 
> pclinuxos installation cd in the mail today and my goal is to install 
> it this weekend (sonic.net tells me I should have my dsl turned on 
> this coming Monday). I've spent the last few weeks at the library 
> canvassing the web for installation guides and help, as well as 
> printing out the pclos installation guide and reading relevant forum 
> posts. Most guidelines unfortunately assume a dual boot install (w/ 
> Windows) but I prefer to erase MS and have pclos as a sole os on my 
> hd. Any suggestions or cautions would be appreciated. I would think 
> that erasing Windows would make a  linux installation easier but I'm 
> newbie so who knows?  I understand that once you've done a few 
> installs it's a piece of cake but for me it seems very daunting. I'll 
> give it a go this weekend and see what happens. Hopefully I'm not 
> biting off more than I can chew! If I am I'll certainly be calling 
> to sflug-ers for help. One other question: in setting up a firewall 
> pclos my choices of what to allow are these: Apache Web server, 
> BitTorrent, CUPS/IPP print server, Domain Name Server, FTP server, 
> ICMP Echo (ping) Request, Mail Server, Open ssh Daemon, POP and IMAP 
> server. Many of these are necessary I'm sure to receive e-mail, 
> download files, print, etc., but is there anything on this list you 
> would suggest to block (disallow)? Thanks for your help.
> Jeff Gibson    PS: my phone # is 415.626.7095 if it is easier to 
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