[ILUG-BOM] First Customer Put on Linux
Mon Jun 13 22:04:34 IST 2005
Today I got my first customer to get into linux. The machine was an
Intel Original GLVA with a Celeron 2 Ghz. cpu, 256 Mb RAM. The distro
loaded was Mandrake 10.1. The sound device got detected smoothly and it
gave the boot up music too on login. The system uses a LAN cablenet as
well as a dialup (when the lan is down).
I used the gui to setup the same in Mandrake. This cablenet is luckily
direct with no PPPoE. The ip address was a static one and in windows, it
has a domain and host name in the dns setting that is necessary. However
that was a mistake to do in linux as the search domain is different from
domain entry in windows. The eth0 would not connect to the net. Then I
created the ppp0 connection and that too did not connect to the net. The
problem was that the ppp0 picked up the dns server entry of the eth0.
Both the connections were removed and first the ppp0 was setup and it
went on the net smoothly. Then the eth0 was created again but this time,
no names were used at all. Omly ip, subnet mask, gateway and
dns-server-ip. That did the trick and the eth0 was up and running on the
There is a very nice control on the task bar for disconnecting and
reconnecting the eth0 link and that adds added safety of disconnecting
the link when the user is not on the net. It reconnects successfully.
Thunderbird, firefox and firestarter was added. One nice feature of the
firestarter firewall is that if you leave the program running in the
task bar and reboot, then on login, it asks the user to enter the root
password and starts the firewall, like a reminder.
There was one problem though on reboot. The sound server gave startup
errors and the sound went dead. It was getting too late to investigate
but It must be something about the automatic bios setting that was
discussed by some members here. Its irq may be shifting??? The video
player does not play VCDs now. But that is a minor issue and the cus.
will use windows for multimedia for the time being. Maybe on my next
What surprised me was the ease with which the cust. took to linux in one
shot inspite of the various logins and password entries. I had not
anticipated that. Anyway, a good start. :)
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