I don't know all the answers to your questions, but I'll try to do my best
2. How do I execute a script in the shell?
Following is assuming that your shell is Bourne Again Shell [bash].
Suppose you coded your script and saved it to a file my_script. To execute it, you must first make it executable with chmod:
then in the terminal type ./my_script and it will be executed.
Open a text file and save it as monitor_off. Copy and paste the following from the code tags:
xset dpms force off
Save changes. Now open a terminal, navigate to the directory where you saved the file and type
chmod +x monitor_off
. Then, without changing your present working directory, type
. Your monitor will be shut down [move the mouse or press a key to have it back
3. Can I shutdown the Gnome GUI in Ubuntu and just work from a terminal screen?
Yes you can. Open up a terminal and change to root. In the terminal window type
This will bring you to the 3rd runlevel: multiuser, network connected without graphical interface [tip: install links to browse the web and pine to read your e-mails from the 3rd runlevel. It looks really cool.]
4. Is it possible to browse a Microsoft file server easily? In the MS world, I'd just hit 'Start -> Run', type in the path in the format: \\%computername%\%sharename%
. I am a n00b in networking, but the first thing I would try would be to open up Firefox [or Nautilus as your choice] and type the server address (or server IP address) and share name in the address field, such as:
There is no \ in Linux world
5. Finally, I'm wondering if any of you experienced Linux users have any recommendations as far as books (online or in print) for n00bs like me, that have a lot of Windows experience working against them.
1. What I saw in the past two years of my experience, Linux books are mainly distribution-oriented [I'm not trying to start a war or spreading FUD. Just stating my opinion]. Even if it doesn't mention it in the cover, you will see it inside. I don't recommend a book for your desktop environment, be it GNOME or KDE. Since you have Windoze experience, menu, icons etc doesn't need a book to learn.
To master the command-line interface, I bought Unix Unleashed by Robin Burk, Salim M. Douba. [The book tells about varieties from HP-UX to AIX to Linux, therefore you will be on the safe side]. It will both teach you the commands, and will be your reference book.
2. How Linux Works and The Linux Problem Solver by Brian Ward are excellent books to learn the basics of Linux. I have tremendously benefited from the former one. The latter one is especially useful when you want to know why you are doing a particular thing to solve a problem. In addition, it [the latter one] also helps you to solve some very *annoying* problems.
3. Become a subscriber to Tux Magazine, which I believe is the ideal for the people who are new to Linux. You can download all editions free, plus they send you each issue in the first days of the month. Moreover it's free 8))).
4. I have a couple of books in pdf format that can assist you. I can mention some: Introduction to Linux, A Hands on Guide by Machtelt Garrels. The Linux System Administrator's Guide by Lars Wirzenius. Vi Tutorial and GNU Emacs manual readily available in my work computer. [I can send them to you if you can pm me your e-mail address or you can Google yourself].
See if these help and I will go home and check your first question.