Migrating From Microsoft Windows
Purpose: This is intended to be a special HOWTO to help users who are accustomed with Microsoft Windows operating systems to begin using Fedora quickly. There should be a reasonable about of links and references to established documentation without giving the reader information overload.
Audience: Users that are accustomed to Microsoft Windows who want to start enjoying Fedora quickly with the loving guidance of the Documentation Group.
Assumptions: The user of this document should:
- Either be using a Microsoft Windows or Fedora operating system
- Have a way to access this documentation at all times
- Have access to an empty USB flash drive
- Be familiar with basic computer hardware terms
- Have access to a search engine to lookup unfamiliar terms
For whatever reason, you have finally decided to give Fedora a serious look. Welcome home! There are countless people in the Fedora, and GNU/Linux community as a whole, that will guide and help you on your path to using this amazing operating system, and the programs that run on it. All of us want your migration to be as easy as it can. There will be lots of new and different things for you to discover. It's hoped that this guide will hold your hand as you take the first steps, and teach you how to help yourself as you continue on.
So, let's dive in! (Be sure to use bookmarks and take notes.)
The Fedora community has a number of ways to get help. Each item here will have a section below the list.
- Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ )
- Fedora Documentation
- Fedora Ask Forums
- Internet Relay Chat ( IRC )
- Fedora E-Mailing Lists
The FAQ has several categories of the most common questions. As a new user, this needs to be one of the pages you bookmark first. Fedora has been around for a long time, and this compilation of questions and answers has been put together for your use. When you first get to the page, bookmark it. Then, scroll down the page, and click on what peaks your interest. You may not have a need for everything that's there right away, but it's good to know that it's there.
The Fedora Documentation Group is always busy quite literally writing the manual. We also write HOWTO's and Guides ( like this one! ) This is also one of the sites that you should bookmark. To use Fedora Documentation, click the category on the left side of the page. As a new user, most of what you are looking for will be in the "Fedora" section. The "Fedora Core" section is for much older versions of Fedora. After you click Fedora, you need to choose your release. You will then see the topics, and a little down arrow icon to the right of the topic. If you hover your mouse over the down arrow, it will give you additional options on how to view the topic. In most cases, just clicking on the topic directly will serve you just fine.
Fedora Ask Forums
This is one of the ways the entire Fedora community can help you. At the top is a search bar for you to type your question. Questions are answered by anybody who has an account. The answers can be voted on to show that the responce was indeed the answer that was needed. You can also sign in to ask your own question. If you need to respond to a person, click comment under their message. Make sure you vote for the people that help you!
Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
I don't like this at all. TODO:
- find a client for windows that has a similar interface to xchat
- decided to use kvirc http://www.kvirc.net/?id=screen
- walkthrough regestering on freenode
- walkthrough joining #fedora
- get rid of the sleep-deprived garbage of using the web-based client
To use IRC, you need an IRC client. There are a HUGE number of IRC clients that are freely available. There are also a huge number of IRC networks that you can connect you. The Fedora community commonly uses freenode. Anytime you see reference to IRC within the Fedora community, you can assume that it's on the freenode network unless it specifies otherwise. For this guide, we will be using kvirc, because it's freely available on both Fedora and Microsoft Windows.
On Microsoft Windows:
- visit http://www.kvirc.net
- Hover your mouse over the running KVIrc menu, then choose download
- Click "Official release packages"
- Click "Windows binary package"
- Click "Latest release"
This will take you to a page with the rest of the instructions. You should read though these, and follow them
- Look through your menu system for something that looks like "terminal" or "console". Click it. It should look like a box that you type commands in. You might have seen something similar in the Microsoft world, often called a "DOS box" or "command prompt."
- type, or copy and paste:
su -c "yum install kvirc"
- Enter the
rootpassword when prompted.
- You may see a LOT of things happen really fast. DON'T PANIC! Simply hit '[y]' then '[Enter]' when prompted.
If all goes well, you will now see KVIrc in your menu somewhere in the internet or communication section.
Regestering a nickname
You want to use a nickname that has a very low chance of someone else already using. Usernames need to start with a letter, and can contain letters, numbers, and the underscore ( _ ). Also, choose a name that isn't terribly offensive or rude. Remember, the person you offend may well have been the person that could have helped you!