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Old 03-26-2009, 04:42 PM   #1
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couple of linux questions


im new to linux and i have a few questions about it. i have fedora red hat 8 currently and was wondering
1.where is some good resources to learn the basics of linux
2.how do you defrag linux
3.whats a good program for linux to make .doc files
 
Old 03-26-2009, 04:47 PM   #2
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1.where is some good resources to learn the basics of linux
All over the place. Depends on what you deem to be the basics you want to learn.

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2.how do you defrag linux
Usually you don't.

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3.whats a good program for linux to make .doc files
OpenOffice is quite compatible to MS Office and thus is capable of reading and writing .doc-files, among others.
 
Old 03-26-2009, 04:51 PM   #3
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1. google around. Use this forum. Get a book. most importantly, learn the shell. try googling linux tutorial, linux shell tutorial, etc. Old UNIX books are useful too, because linux is so similar to UNIX. I learned linux by reading a UNIX system IV release III book. Another thing that is inevitable for learning linux is firsthand experience. play around, but be careful as to what you do as root (administrator).

2. Linux doesn't need defragging. It doesn't frag in the first place!
3. Try Sun Microsystem's OpenOffice. Get the free kind, of course! it should be available from your distribution's package manager.

Umm... you should definitely upgrade to fedora 10. It's more stable, and will update better than fedora 8, which I think has been obsoleted. it also has support for newer hardware. Anything you'll download from the fedora 8 package manager will most likely be OLD... :P
Ubuntu is also good for 1st time linux users.

if you have any more questions, just ask.
 
Old 03-26-2009, 05:03 PM   #4
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The best way to learn Linux, IMHO, is to learn it from the command line. That's the advice I was given in 2002 and it's worked exceptionally well for me. Make sure you get the basics down cold first, then proceed from there.

The best introductory book I've ever seen on Linux is 'How Linux Works' by Brian Ward. It's published by No Starch Press and can be obtained at http://www.amazon.com/How-Linux-Work...8100725&sr=1-1.

One of the nice things about Linux is that, unlike Windows, it doesn't scatter files all over the place. It finds enough contiguous sectors to store the file then writes it to those sectors, meaning that file fragmentation never occurs to begin with.

As reptiler said, OpenOffice will handle your .doc file issues- just make sure to save your documents in the .doc format. The latest version of OpenOffice will even handle the new .docx extension introduced by the latest version of Office- even the earlier versions of Office won't do that, unless you download and install a special converter.
 
Old 03-26-2009, 05:11 PM   #5
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actually it's been discussed before but to say that linux NEVER fragments isn't true, linux does in fact fragment, however the amount of fragmentation is rarely more then single digit percentage non contiguous files
 
Old 03-26-2009, 05:26 PM   #6
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Is the small percentage of fragmentation file system dependent or does it pretty much occur across the board?
 
Old 03-26-2009, 05:39 PM   #7
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dependent on file system, i believe fat and fat32 still fragments under linux, however under linux native filesystem, the fragmentation is minimum to the point of being almost a moot point and fat 32 partitions are only needed nowadays for legacy windows OS like win98 or me, and can be defragmented by those
 
Old 03-26-2009, 11:07 PM   #8
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thanks for all the feedback guys im getting fedora 10 now along with open office. No defragging in linux is simply awsome. no more wasted time defragging =)
 
Old 03-27-2009, 06:12 PM   #9
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good! Have fun!
 
Old 03-27-2009, 06:23 PM   #10
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OK, a link...

http://www.linux.org/lessons/beginner/toc.html
 
Old 03-28-2009, 01:55 AM   #11
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Recommended for all beginners and even later http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz
 
  


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