New to linux and need guidance with redhat 9 installation

Jaffar Sidek watstuts at
Tue Mar 30 02:27:41 UTC 2004

Hi Lee.  Long winded, but most informative, which is most important to me.
Ok, so i've changed my mind and decided to install fedora,  i am still not
sure which installation bistro to choose, the yarro x86 one, or the yarro 86
srpms one?  Also, will the accompanying speech software in the fedora
distribution be activated during the installation, or do i need sighted help
to get that going to aid me in the installation process?  Sorr for the many
questions, but I am really a novice at this.  Cheers!
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lee Maschmeyer" <lee_maschmeyer at>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
Sent: Tuesday, March 30, 2004 5:49 AM
Subject: Re: New to linux and need guidance with redhat 9 installation

> Hi Jaffar,
> I don't know anything about which flavor of machine yours is, but I wonder
> if you really want to go with Red Hat 9. Unless things have changed since
> the last time I was there, support for that version ends this Thursday.
> might be considerably ahead going with Fedora. Though all the talk about
> "bleeding edge" scares some people, I personally have had good luck with
> Fedora 1 at work and will probably install 1 or 2 at home within the next
> week or two to replace 9. It's also worth noting that 9's installer has a
> problem which makes the cursor in vertical lists appear to be a line below
> where it really is. This has been fixed in Fedora.
> There doesn't yet seem to be much documentation in the Fedora project (the
> Release Notes are good), but there is quite a bit of docs on the RH9 home
> page, including a Getting Started guide which, though it is rather
> GUI-oriented, is still pretty good. I get screamed at every time I mention
> it, but their primary focus is GUI. This means we have a few extra hoops
> jump through and a few more rough edges. So far this hasn't become too
> significant for experienced users, so if something isn't aimed at us,
> get hyper right away. For example, Fedora's installer doesn't give you an
> option to have a text logon, but when you boot the first time you can go
> a console, logon, install your speech if it isn't already there (braille
> is), and change /etc/inittab to give you text logins after that. If you've
> got some experience and sighted help, it's not too bad; if you're
> with Linux, it's a considerable thorn in your side until you get past it.
> Once you do get past it, though, things are mostly pretty good.
> I'm afraid this is too longwinded. Sorry,
> Lee
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