I have just recieved the notice from the postal service that they have a "package" waiting for me at the managers office and I know what that is, that is my recently purchased Vector Linux 6 CD's!!
Life can definately be a sweet thang from time to time and not many times are sweeter than when you install a new distro on an older computer just to see how much life you can breath back into her... So let me cut to the chase, what I want to know is based on the kind of computer I have, the kind of peripherals I have available and the type of desktop I am using what would be the best applications to start out with?
Are there any I should avoid?
I am not a Linux newbie but I am no expert either and I'm certainly new to Vector Linux so please, have patience with me....
I will be using Vector Linux 6 with the XFCE desktop environment.
I have a Hercules Dualpix HD webcam, a Logitech Quickcam Express and a Uni-brain fire-wire webcamera at my disposal.
I have some speakers externally attatched to the computer as well as an almost-new-Dell monitor. I will post the specific make and model of those when I get home from work tonight as I don't know the specifics of them right now.
I have a Brother MFC665CW Printer/Scanner/Copier/Fax machine.
Finally, I have an old HP Pavilion 754n. It has been slightly altered in that my Ram is now 2 GB (two 1 GB sticks of ram memory) and besides the original 80 GB hard drive I just installed a 160 GB Seagate hard drive.
Now I've sort of introduced all this information earlier in some previous posts of mine. But at that time I had no Vector Linux to be able to install and I had not recieved my fire-wire webcamer from uni-brain as of yet so I was not asking very specific questions about them. If I've somehow violated a double-posting rule, my apologies. It was not intended.
But now I do have all that I need (well, I'll have the actual Vector Linux 6 when I get to the managers officer tommorrow) and I do wish to get this installation just right. Or as close to it as I can.
By the way, I will be dual-booting with Windows XP.
The specific speaker and monitor information will be posted later tonight (much later, like after midnight...) as well as the information on what kind of sound and video card I'm running with.
Thanks for the helpful advice folks! Ya' all are quite welcome to post any and all advice that you feel like.
a.) What are the best applications considering that I am using XFCE?
b.) Best method of dual-booting? I already had someone say that Windows XP should be installed first and it is.
c.) Any big no-no's to avoid?