like descartes' absolute doubt
I've installed Linux-Mandrake 7.2, as a dual boot option on my normally Win98 PC. I have two incredibly ignorant questions:
* How do I get to the basic command line? The login screen defaults to KDE; the other options all seem to be other GUIs.
* How do I configure a generic PCI 10/100 network interface card?
I've searched a bit on linuxdocs and linuxnewbie. I haven't found the answers, but I'll keep searching.
* Also: a few months ago, I installed this in nearly the same way (dual boot w/ WinME). One day a whole chunk of the Windows partition seemed to just disappear. Certain directories still existed, but were empty of files; a few directories were simply gone. The Linux partitions were also gone, or at least unbootable. What could have caused this? The fdisk command declares that when you enable large disk access (FAT32, right?) the disk may be unusable to other operation systems. Was this it?
Any recommendations of a good book on Linux? I feel surprisingly ignorant.