Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I use my DVD drive to watch movies under
A: Not yet. This is not possible because there is no
software that utilizes the hardware MPEG decoder. However, there
are people working on ways to decode the data on a DVD by software,
so some day it may be possible to view a DVD movie in Linux. The
DVD drive does function like a regular CDROM drive, so you
can still use it to read both data and music CDs.
Q: On RedHat or Slackware, when I do a shutdown the computer
does not power off (kernel 2.2.x). Is this a bug in
A: No, this is a feature, not a bug. To power
down the system, you need to add the "-p" option to
halt in /etc/rc.d/init.d/halt. For more
information, see http://www.diku.dk/students/grove/poweroff.html. (Thanks to Gernot Schram <firstname.lastname@example.org> for this RedHat tip)
- Q: I have downloaded some files in windows.
How do I transfer these files to Linux?
These files are large and cannot be copied on to a floppy
A:You can mount your Windows partition in Linux.
Suppose Windows resides in the partition
/dev/hda1. Then in linux, you can make a directory and mount it:
mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /win
Then you can then cd /win and access all files
there; it will look like any other directory in linux.