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For me the best starting place was getting a service up and running. Which was Samba as a PDC with XP clients able to login to it. I new very little at the time, but picked a lot of extra stuff not related 100% to Samba while working on that project.
Again for me when I started out it was the focus on getting a single service up and running, then I went back and learned more about the file system layout and details about the package management system.
Just want to apologize if you were looking for more advanced information, though from your post it seems you're leaning more toward using Linux as an end user.
P.S. I think the best way you learn is through getting your dirty and making mistakes with Linux. Just make sure to back up your data and eventually it should all be a smoother ride (though it probably is already).
To blink56k, I didn't mean professional training regarding certificates, but I suppose they wouldn't be a bad idea to post either.
I'm very new to linux, and I found it quite hard to find information on the internet that addressed a certain problem without having to understand a lot of the basics first. And to find anything on the basics was just as much a task!
These forums are great for help, but sometimes the answer is too technical (with no basic experience).
And so, I would presume I am not alone in that area, so hoping this thread helps others... My bookmark list has already grown!
One other thing I would like to point out... I have noticed that everybody on these Linux forums are polite and helpful, and don't argue with "stupidity" or other peoples solutions (even if they DO have a better one). I think that is rare on MS fourms, and is perhaps something else that makes Linux, and its users, special.
Thanks all of ya for these posts again. Hope they help others reading too.
Last edited by mattjohnstone22; 02-07-2007 at 02:06 PM.