I *Finally* got a laptop (Thinkpad R51 - Penium M - 2gb ram / 1.6 processor) that I can dedicate to Linux. (Reminder: I'm coming from a mac background) I downloaded a few different distros now and am having a ball. So far, my favorite "look" is Vector with XFCE.
Right now, I have no hard drive - so I wanted to do a little writing in Abiword while running the liveDVD and save it to a flash drive. The system sees and mounts the flash drive. It can open files from the drive. However, I get various errors telling me I can't save to the flash drive. One error message was detailed enough to show that it didn't have permissions to save. I then took the flashdrive back to my Mac, and I changed permissions to allow all to read and write. It didn't make a bit of difference once I got back to Linux though.
Then I thought I was smart because I right clicked (I'm not used to multi-buttons so right clicking is a big deal for me ... lol) and found "properties" for the flash drive. I see the permissions, but I can't change them. I think I have to be logged in as the root admin. How do I do that from the live DVD?
Also - last issue. On Mepis, my trackpad was a wild ride and totally a mess. On PCLinuxOS, the trackpad behaved as I'd expect. On Vector, the trackpad behaves mostly well, but I swear it anticipates a click if I hover too long - and it clicks without my intention. Is this just an issue because I'm running from the DVD? Will it resolve itself once I install the full program to a HD, or can I correct it? I found trackpad settings, but it didn't change the behavior enough that I notice a change.
Thanks in advance.