Gaijin gaijin at clearwire.net
Thu Nov 8 11:37:27 EST 2007

On Wed, Nov 07, 2007 at 10:11:33PM -0500, William Rivera wrote:
> Hi all, I just joined the list and am a newbie at Linux.

	Hi Bill,
	If Fedora is anything like Debian v3, or is like most Linux
distributions, those disks hold nearly 4000 software packages, some of
which don't work well with other packages.  For instance, you typically
cannot run more than one type of mail server at the same time, and there
are over half a dozen of them.  They'll conflict with each other, and may use
nearly 20 gigs of drive space.  10 gigs of drive space is a good size
for  > a minimum installation.  That's about 5 gigs for programs and
operating system, and another 5 gigs for data..  You'll find multiple
text editors, news, web browsers, and mail clients already installed in
a minimum installation, just in the command line interface.  What you're
probably installing is selected "task Packages" that  include the
choicest program selections.  It will not be anywhere near all of  what
is offered in Linux.  I would advise installing a working system first
and slowly build from there.  Linux will be confusing enough as it is
with all the packages a bare minimum installation will have included.


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