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I don't know much about Linux and i would like to know more. What is the best way to ...
12th February 2009, 08:28 PM #1
I don't know much about Linux and i would like to know more. What is the best way to learn about Linux?
12th February 2009, 08:31 PM #2
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12th February 2009, 08:31 PM #3
Edit: Oh sorry, serious answer.. let me dig out some of my favorites
12th February 2009, 08:34 PM #4
12th February 2009, 08:47 PM #5
In practical terms, I always struggled and struggled when dual-booting, because I'd install a distribution, get to the desktop, and then think "hmm, what now" and start Windows again. In the end I took the physical disk out and put it under my bed, and forced myself for six months or so, and never looked back.
I also had the advantage of starting a job with a Linux-friendly webhost, so I learned a lot from being surrounded by other users. Consider joining your local LUG, maybe Lancaster Linux User Group - Home is close to you?
Pick a distribution with a good package manager, like Apt - Ubuntu is probably a good start, but if you can wait a few more days we're about to release Debian Lenny. Debian is Ubuntu's big brother, if you don't already know.
Be prepared to get intimate with a shell, it's where the power lies. And remember you shouldn't need to compile your own software (that comes with its own headaches) if your package manager is up to scratch and has a good repository, which is why I recommend Debian. That and I can help better with it.
And don't give up. It will take you more than a few weeks to be comfortable, but it's worth persevering. You've probably picked up elsewhere that I'm less than tolerant of people who won't make an effort, but if you do, I have all the time in the world for you. Just ask.
Edit: in fact, I'm going to PM you an email address to find me on. I know you and your thread enthusiasm
12th February 2009, 08:54 PM #6
I'd urge the OP to install Ubuntu on a spare PC and have a play with it, do the things on there you'd normally do and see how you get on. I wouldn't suggest Debian immediately for a desktop deployment until you've got used to the guts that Ubuntu has GUI's for.
It's fun to learn and play, you'll enjoy Tuxracer and find it fairly addictive, everyone does.
Most of all, enjoy yourself, it's not supposed to be hard work, but like anything what you put in you get out.
I started a long time ago on FreeBSD, moved through Debian > Fedora > Ubuntu and am now quite happy on Gentoo. Just one of those things, spend some time downloading and having a play with the various offerings on Distrowatch.com until you find something you're fond of!
Enjoy! There's plenty of us on here to give you a dig out if you find something that winds you up!
Last edited by kmount; 12th February 2009 at 09:04 PM.
12th February 2009, 09:00 PM #7
kmount: Almost, just waiting on an advocation that the DD didn't remember to sign, and has now vanished from the face of the earth
Do you mind scrubbing my name though? Not that I'm secretive, just not going out of the way to advertise myself. In the nicest possible way.
12th February 2009, 09:04 PM #8
Of course, do let me know how you get on.
12th February 2009, 09:08 PM #9
@FN-GM - best way to learn is to install it and get your hands dirty
My first Linux experience was with SuSE - (6?) then RedHat
I find Fedora to be a really good Distro, Ubuntu is a good one for the Die Hard Windows user - Mrs_Gatt found her way round Ubuntu (with Gnome) very easily..
12th February 2009, 09:09 PM #10
Do a real life project, preferably one which can be expanded on; for example a file server, set up samba, then get LDAP working, then SSO, then backups/snapshots, etc...
That way you can see something working and actually use it, build on it, find out what can go wrong, how to fix it, how to customise it, etc. Personally i find that it if just an imagined project it just seems to trail off and you dont really take it past the first couple of stages.
12th February 2009, 09:56 PM #11
12th February 2009, 10:05 PM #12
Bloody hell give FN a chance to learn the damn thing first!!
I think building his own Distro may be a wee bitty too advanced
Dont want to scare him now
12th February 2009, 10:06 PM #13
12th February 2009, 10:07 PM #14
Hi thanks for all the replies.
I have used Ubuntu and Suse on my old desktop, i gave them a few months each and decided Linex as a client just wasn't for me. I have now use mac (i know they share code etc )
I would like to learn more for a server side operating system. Get to know to commands etc.
12th February 2009, 10:09 PM #15
Prob best looking at Fedora then FN - I find its got most of the server stuff (LAMP, Sendmail, etc) - even comes with Moodle
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