Originally posted by dj_relentless
Could a person with under a years experience with linux who did a course on unix (thats where I learnt all the command line interface stuff) be able to get to grips with it?
I'll have hit one year of having played with Linux some time in early March. I have an English Degree. The first computer+OS I had ever dealt with was Win95 on a P1 200. The only Unix experience I had before 11 months ago was the AIX mailserver at college in the mid-90s, and then all I typed was 'pine'. I am not a computer savant. I am not a pretty and unique snowflake.
. See, I've got a worse resume than you... so feel confident alright?
LFS took me about 3 days, and a lot of that was compile time. I was using the same P1 200. The book is a solid recipe... follow it and you can't go wrong. Instead of learning, as with most things, from trial and error, you're learning Linux like it was a recipe... follow enough of them and eventually you'll just know how to cook.
Four years of higher education and I come up with that 1/4-assed analogy.
The only solid challenge comes with the BLFS things, adding stuff to your system. I went through installing stuff like: netdate, finger, telnet, sshd, proftpd, XFree4.1, half a dozen other utilities and daemons and scripts that I had always taken for granted, without a recipe and didn't have a problem with any of them.
Then I tried Gnome. Then I ran out of room. 3.5Gb is a good choice as I tried to squeeze it on 890Mb.