I am looking for a few pointers on RedHat.
I am a Linux newbie.
I installed 7.3 last night on my laptop (Dell Celeron500 256mb) and the install went flawlessly, including detecting my Silver card and my USR Prism card, and configuring my Jet Direct printers. Netscape, Netcscape Mail, Mozilla and the online update all worked easily too.
I am using Gnome but also have KDE installed.
Well, 7.3 is a sluggish OS. It takes twice as long to boot as W2K and app startup is so slow that you wonder if you actually clicked on something. Not a good omen.
Now to the problem. I have no problem connecting through my router, DHCP worked with no config necessary, but I need to connect to my W2K and XP systems in order to retrieve other apps and data.
I read three RedHat books, used them for reference, checked help, looked at the Samba and RedHat websites and verified the Samba package was installed, ran RPM -q Samba and saw that it was not running.
I cannot figure how to activate Samba, configure it directly or through helper apps like SWAT, or in any manner access my Windows PCs. (which all have the available UNIX services installed)
Any advice including pointers to easy to follow documentation or simple instructions or even a particularly helpful book would be highly appreciated.
As would any advice on the benefits of .gz versus .rpm packages for install. (I can't seem to associate .gz with Ark through the Nautilus file manager or to figure out how to use a different default file manager)
Also is there a simple method for creating desktop shortcuts without first adding them to the panel, copying them to the desktop then deleting them from the panel?
Thanks in advance for any assistance!