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Old 07-29-2004, 09:39 AM   #1
FreeFromXP
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Good Linux Tutorial for a windows user?


Hello all,

I'm looking for a good tutorial that can help me understand what's going on and how to do things. Among the things I would love to know:
-How to install and un-install things
-How to compile programs
-Commands for command line interface

I'd be GREAT if it's geared to a Windows power user (I can do almost anything in windows and basic stuff in dos, but know very little about linux...)

I realized it time to switch when I loaded up XP. Guys - It's just too dumbed down for me. I've got a copy of Redhat, but right now I'm a bit to timid to install it because I've been playing with knoppix and feel lost.

Any help?

Thanks,
Nick
 
Old 07-29-2004, 09:52 AM   #2
darkleaf
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http://www.tldp.org/ You might find useful stuff here Otherwise google is your friend too, just search for what you want to know. Often I find there's not 1 definitive guide to 1 thing and reading more is better. You can always ask here or search these forums. I think the installation question is often asked.

To compile stuff:
-download the source
-untar the source
-go into the directory
-"./configure"
-"make"
-"make install"

Often there are options so you might want to check with "./configure --help". And don't try to do 10 things at once but think of 1 thing you want (for example get on the internet, get audio to work) and then start reading on it and ask here if you can't figure something out. Don't stop till it works (or it's obvious it will never work). Just from doing things you get a feel for it
 
Old 07-29-2004, 10:04 AM   #3
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Here's a few sites I've found helpful:

http://linuxnovice.org/
http://linuxsurvival.com/index.php?m...ceid=1&meid=-1
http://linux.org.mt/article/terminal
http://www.justlinux.com/nhf/
http://www.unixguide.net/linux/linuxshortcuts.shtml
 
Old 07-29-2004, 10:07 AM   #4
kells80
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A few links

that I have bookmarked:

http://linux-newbie.sunsite.dk/
http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/
http://linux.about.com/library/bl/op...newbie_toc.htm
http://www.unixguide.net/linux/linuxshortcuts.shtml

HTH.

Ever think about trying Mandrake? I'm not trying to do an distro pitch but I've been using it for a few weeks - I'd recommend it as a good place to start for newbies. It's easily configurable, the GUI is great and I use it now as my primary OS.
 
Old 07-29-2004, 11:37 AM   #5
FreeFromXP
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Wow Thanks! I got a lot of reading to do!

A quick question: Do you guys have linux as your only OS? I'm seriously considering trying it alone on my older home computer, seeing as I now have a laptop with WinXP on it. (So when I damage linux to the point where it won't boot I can get help from the Internet. )

I'd imagine that a lot of people on here use it exclusively, but how did you go about "the switch"?

Thanks again,
Nick
 
Old 07-29-2004, 11:57 AM   #6
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the way i learned, was to just jump right in...
i got a redhat distro (which was a good beginner distro at the time)

installed it.. and learned things as the need to know them arrised.

i think the linux learning curve is too steep to learn all at once.
 
Old 07-29-2004, 03:49 PM   #7
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I have windows as backup and for games till I look at how I can do those properly in linux. I haven't been in windows for myself a few weeks now though. Only did some maintenance on my father's windows and let my brother play mp.
 
Old 07-29-2004, 05:03 PM   #8
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Here's a bunch of websites I picked up throughout the years.

Sheng-Chieh

-----

Forum Courtesy
http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

Documentations
http://www.tldp.org/
http://www.dsl.org/cookbook/
http://www.linux.org/docs/online_books.html
http://www.madpenguin.org/
http://tille.soti.org/training/
http://linuxshop.ru/linuxbegin/win-l...en/table.shtml
http://docs.linux.com/
http://www.mandrakelinux.com/en/fdoc.php3 (mandrake)
http://www.jennings.homelinux.net/ (mandrake)
http://www.desktopos.com/
http://www.archlug.org/ ?!
http://www.desktop-linux.net/howtos.htm
http://www.debian.org/doc/
http://www.icon.co.za/~psheer/book/index.html.gz
http://www.tinyminds.org/
http://www.linuxselfhelp.com/
http://www.icon.co.za/~psheer/book/index.html
http://www.geocities.com/tipsforlinux/index-linux.html
http://sub.gotdns.org/linux-tutorial...line-stuff.php

Console Commands (a few links are for unix which is close to linux)
http://homepage.powerup.com.au/~squa...inuxmanual.pdf
http://www.onlamp.com/linux/cmd/
http://linux.math.tifr.res.in/manuals/
http://www.ss64.com/bash/
http://www.linuxselfhelp.com/linuxterms.html
http://www.laynetworks.com/linux.htm
http://www.emba.uvm.edu/CF/basic.html
http://amath.colorado.edu/computing/.../commands.html
http://www.er.uqam.ca/nobel/r10735/unixcomm.html
http://homepage.powerup.com.au/~squadron/
http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/ap.../index.en.html
http://www.linux-tutorial.info/index.php
http://linuxsurvival.com/index.php?m...ceid=1&meid=-1
http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Bash-Prog-Intro-HOWTO.html (bash)

News
http://linuxtoday.com/
http://mozillaquest.com/
http://www.linux.com/
http://www.madpenguin.org/

Forums
http://www.mandrakeclub.com/ (mandrake)
http://www.mandrakeusers.org/index.php (mandrake)
http://forums.xandros.com/ (xandros)
http://www.lycoris.org/forum.php (lycoris)
http://linuxiso.org/forums/
http://www.madpenguin.org/DB_phpBB2.html
http://forums.linux.com/
http://www.desktopos.com/forum.php

Buy places
http://www.linuxcentral.com/_v3/
http://almostfreelinux.com/

Linux pre-installed vendors
http://www.linux.org/vendor/system/index.html

Linux pre-installed laptop vendors
http://www.tuxmobile.org/reseller.html
http://www.linux.org/vendor/system/laptop.html
http://www.elementcomputer.com/
http://carbonlinux.com/osc/

Laptop
http://tuxmobil.org/index.html
http://www.linux-laptop.net

Modem (problems may occur due to WinModem)
http://www.linmodems.org/
http://linmodems.technion.ac.il/Linmodem-howto.html
http://www.linuxant.com/drivers/hcf/index.php (HCF Rockwell chip)
http://axion.physics.ubc.ca/ppp-linux.html (PPP)
http://pcmcia-cs.sourceforge.net/ftp/SUPPORTED.CARDS (PCMCIA)

Printer
http://www.cups.org/ (CUPS used by most distributions)
http://support.lexmark.com/en/ldk/index.htm (lexmark)

Hardware Compatibility
Mandrake http://www.mandrakelinux.com/en/hardware.php3
Red Hat http://hardware.redhat.com/hcl/?pagename=hcl
OpenLinux http://wdb1.caldera.com/chwp/owa/hch..._wizard.screen
Suse http://hardwaredb.suse.de/index.php?LANG=en_UK
Xandros http://www.xandros.net/hcl.html
TurboLinux http://www.turbolinux.com/hcl/TTlist.html
Knoppix http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html
YellowDogLinux http://www.yellowdoglinux.com/suppor...down/index.php
ClarkConnect http://www.clarkconnect.org/info/requirements.html
Asp-Linux http://www.asp-linux.com/docs/hardware.shtml
Easilize http://www.easilize.com/requirements.html
Libranet http://www.libranet.com/system_requirements.html
Icepack-Linux http://www.icepack-linux.com/hardware.html
EvilEntity http://undeadlinux.com/evile/req.php
IPCop http://www.ipcop.org/cgi-bin/twiki/v...op/IPCopHCLv01
Lindows http://www.lindows.com/lindows_hwsw_compatibility.php
PLD http://pld-linux.org/installer-requirements.html
GeeXBoX http://geexbox.free.fr/us/pages/require.html
MiniCD http://minicd.berlios.de/modules.php...al&parent_id=0
LinuxConsole http://linuxconsole.free.fr/requirements.php?langue=en
LiveLinux http://nwst.de/livelinuxcd/lilinux.p...tm/en_dist.htm
Tech Linux http://www.techlinux.com.br/compat.shtml
BearOps Linux http://www.bearops.com/support/bearo...20Requirements << (with support / propganda, looks easy distro)
CensorNet http://www.intrago.co.uk/products/censornet.php?sc=4
Devil Linux http://www.devil-linux.org/
Debian http://www.debian.org/releases/stabl...ware-supported
Slackware http://slackware.com/install/sysreq.php
Linux Hardware http://www.eskimo.com/~lo/linux/hardwarelinks.html (general)
Linux Hardware.net http://www.linuxhardware.net/ (general)
intel http://support.intel.com/support/gra...inux/index.htm (general)
FreeBSD-5.0-i386 http://www.freebsd.org/releases/5.0R/hardware-i386.html
OpenBSD-i386 http://openbsd.org/i386.html#hardware
NetBSD-i386 http://netbsd.org/Ports/i386/hardware.html
NetBSD-Ports http://netbsd.org/Ports/
http://www4.tomshardware.com/howto/20040329/index.html (beginner)

Software Repository
http://freshmeat.net/
http://sourceforge.net/index.php
http://kde-apps.org/
http://www.kde-look.org/
http://gnomefiles.org/

Window emulator
http://fabrice.bellard.free.fr/qemu/
win4lin
crossover office
wine

linux from scratch
http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/

----- mandrake -----

http://www.mandrakeclub.com/
http://www.mandrakelinux.com/en/
http://www.mandrake.tips.4.free.fr/index.html

----- xandros -----

http://www.archlug.org/kwiki/XandrosKwikis
http://www.desktop-linux.net/xandrostips.htm
http://neo.caslab.queensu.ca/packages/xandros binary/
http://www.tancreti.net/xandros/
http://xandros-forum.de
http://xandros.jammys.net/

adding debian stuffs to Xandros
http://forums.xandros.com/viewtopic.php?t=708
http://forums.xandros.com/viewtopic.php?t=711
http://forums.xandros.com/viewtopic.php?t=7472
http://forums.xandros.com/viewtopic.php?t=5995
http://forums.xandros.com/viewtopic.php?t=3920

----- DEBAIN -----

http://www.debian.org

----- PCLinuxOS -----

http://www.pclinuxonline.com/pclos/index.html

----- lycoris -----

http://www.lycoris.org/

----- OpenCD -----

www.theopencd.org

----- other linux-related softwares -----

Accounting
http://www.bizfinity.com/solutions/index.jsp
http://www.intacct.com/eledger_overview.html
http://www.peachtree.com/epeachtree/...quirements.cfm
http://oe.quickbooks.com/compare.shtml
http://www.sql-ledger.org
http://www.linuxcanada.com
http://www.moneydance.com

Anti-Virus/Adware/Worms
http://clamav.elektrapro.com/
http://www.hbedv.com
http://www.f-prot.com/products/corporate_users/unix/
http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_avg_single.php
http://www.sebastian-geiges.de/tkantivir/index_en.htm
http://www.ravantivirus.com/pages/download.php
http://adblock.mozdev.org
http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php

Backups
http://www.lysator.liu.se/~nyrell/backuptool/index.html
http://www.cds-inc.com/swreg/free.html
http://www.mikerubel.org/computers/rsync_snapshots/
http://www.biochemistry.unimelb.edu....p-HOWTO-3.html
http://kmself.home.netcom.com/Linux/FAQs/backups.html
http://www.tpci.com/linux_backup_software.htm
http://www.rosslaird.info/archives/2...writ/index.php
http://madpenguin.org/Article1505.html
http://www.rsnapshot.org
http://www.lyra.org/sitecopy/gnome/
http://www.partimage.org/
http://www.mondorescue.org/

CAD
http://www.tech-edv.co.at/lunix/CADlinks.html

CD/DVD (burn)
http://www.yolinux.com/TUTORIALS/Lin...ialCDBurn.html
http://www.xcdroast.org/ X-CD-Roast 0.98
http://sourceforge.net/projects/kreatecd/ KreateCD
http://www.koncd.de KOnCD
http://cdbakeoven.sourceforge.net/ CDBakeOven 1.7.9
http://arson.sourceforge.net/ Arson CD Copy 0.9.8 (or 0.9.7???)
http://www.unixreview.com/documents/s=8989/ur0403i/

Checkbook Tracking
http://www.icewalkers.com/Linux/Soft...k-Tracker.html

CUTE
http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=10966

dosbox
http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/news.php?show_news=1

dosemu-freedos
http://packages.debian.org/unstable/...u-freedos.html

emule (file sharing client)
http://www.emule-project.net/

Fax
http://www.cds-inc.com/swreg/free.html
http://www.cds-inc.com/prod/primafaxlinux.html

Firebird
http://texturizer.net/firebird/index.html

Firewall
https://grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2

Galeon
http://galeon.sourceforge.net
http://sourceforge.net/project/showf...?group_id=6999

GNUCash
http://www.gnucash.org/docs/C/gnucash-guide/

GNUplot
http://www.gnuplot.info/
www.cs.uni.edu/Help/gnuplot
www.ucc.ie/gnuplot/gnuplot.html
http://www.duke.edu/~hpgavin/gnuplot.html

KDE
http://www.kde.org/

KMail
http://docs.kde.org/en/3.1/kdenetwork/kmail/

Mozilla
http://www.mozilla.org/
http://sandbox.pixelpoems.com/til/mozfavs/

Movie/Music
http://www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/design7/news.html (MPlayer)
http://sinek.sourceforge.net/ (Sinek)
http://www.hadess.net/totem.php3 (Totem)

MySQL
http://www.ssc.com/

OpenOffice
http://www.openoffice.org/
http://ooextras.sourceforge.net/
http://www.oooforum.org/
http://www.ooodocs.org/
http://ooo.ximian.com/hackers-guide.html
http://www.ooomacros.org/
http://www.bytebot.net/openoffice/faq.html
http://openoffice.debian.net/ (debian)
http://openoffice.start4all.com/
http://www.openofficesupport.com/
http://www.getopenoffice.org/
http://www.taming-openoffice-org.com/
http://www.digitaldistribution.com/
http://www.sover.net/~mackmoon/OOoHelpOutline.html
http://www.hentzenwerke.com/catalog/ooo501.htm
http://www.8daysaweek.co.uk/

Scanner
http://www.hamrick.com./vsm.html

Security
http://www.snort.org/

Spam
http://packages.debian.org/popfile
http://popfile.sourceforge.net/old_index.html
http://spambayes.sourceforge.net/

Thunderbird
http://www.mozilla.org/projects/thunderbird/

Wireless
http://www-scf.usc.edu/~sergior/tuto...-wireless.html
http://linux.grmbl.be/wlan/
http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Jean_Tourrilhes/Linux/
http://www.linux-wlan.org/
http://www.linux-wlan.org/docs/
http://www.fuw.edu.pl/~pliszka/hints/prism2.html (redhat)
http://trekweb.com/~jasonb/articles/...ireless2.shtml
http://www.mpinet.com/
http://www.wlana.com/
http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Jean_Tourrilhes/Linux/
http://www.intersil.com/prism/
http://www.absoval.com/writings/std-...hitepaper.html
http://grouper.ieee.org/groups/802/11/
http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/~jain/...lans/index.htm
http://sourceforge.net/projects/madwifi/
http://www.kismetwireless.net/download.shtml
http://www.lfriendly.com/wireless.html
http://packages.debian.org/cgi-bin/s...ll&release=all

----- other linux commands -----

ftp
http://samba.anu.edu.au/rsync/

rpm
http://www.mandrakeclub.com/modules.php?name=Mirrors
http://www.urpmi.org/
http://rpms.mandrakeclub.com/ (mandrake)
http://www.mandrakeclub.com/article....ode=nocomments (mandrake)

tty
http://linuxconsole.sourceforge.net/
http://www.linuxdevices.com/articles/AT5727959130.html

x11
http://www.x.org/

vi
http://www.newriders.com/books/opl/e...735710015.html
http://www.vim.org/
 
  


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