can i just take up a whole lot of column inches? my sister is just about to start using linux and i put together some links i thought were useful for a total beginner to linux, so i have them on hand and i thought i would post them here.
Also, might i say that my first info about GNU/Linux came from that book The Rebel Code (by Glyn Moody) too and i'd heartily recommend it to anyone.
Here are the links:
a site that sells incredibly cheap software on CDs in the UK.
a quick history of linux
a document for linux beginners, won't teach you much initially, but keep it around it has a lot of hints for after you've been using the system for a couple of weeks. This one i found out about from Acid Kewpie having it in his signature.
a fantastic chapter by Richard Stallman telling the story of how the Free Software Foundation came into being, allowing free operating systems such as we have today.
a chapter written by Linus Torvalds telling his story about linux and how it came to be what it is today.
a page telling you about /proc and /dev, the two parts of the linux filesystem that do not have a windows counterpart.
try this large index of help files and articles written specifically for newbies.
a really good book for using unix in general. it covers your journey from a total newbie to a unix system administrator.
You will want to read chapters one to five, possibly six and seven, definitely eight and ten, probably nine, and also a few chapters from section three, probably chapters sixteen to eighteen and maybe nineteen, although the whole book is good, and you might want to read it all.
here are a few good articles from linuxworld.com.au, these are not too technical and are designed for the beginner:
start here, it's a page for a total linux beginner
a page describing the graphical interfaces available for linux
a page to start you off using Emacs, which is an open source text editor.
a page to start you off using vi, a unix text editor
a page about different user accounts on yr system, this is more important than in windows, since user accounts actually work in linux.
a page to get you started on installing things in linux. this is an irritating area, since there's still no real
hard and fast standard easy way to install something.
a page describing how to run windows programs in linux.
a page about mounting filesystems.
a page about upgrading your kernel.
a page about running M$ office in linux, though why you would want to do so when you have openoffice is beyond me
a page about recovering deleted files
a page about reading pdfs in linux (which is easy)
an article about connecting to the internet
an article about basic computer security
how to tell if your security has been compromised
not all of those links will be useful but hope there is something in there for you g3nz0...