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I'm a life-long windows user. Getting a degree in software development and starting to notice that my schooling is being mainly driven toward MS legacy programming. I would like to broaden my knowledge of other OS's starting with Linux. I am interested in Linux primarily because it is Unix-based and I would like to learn to develop PHP for Apache servers (because the ASP we're learning is useful, but mostly unsupported by server admins). Can anyone direct me to some worthwhile online documentation of Linux? Specifically something directed at a new user?
http://www.mandrake.com or http://www.redhat.com are good starting versions of Linux. You should be able to find mailing lists on each site where newbies are welcomed and encouraged to ask questions. I am still in the learning process myself and am starting to work with PHP (I do work in ASP at the moment at work).
Ok, I got the line wrong. After careful reviewing of the movie, you're right it is repressed, not oppressed . 
*ding* - all is right with the world
On another note, thanks for the links, I found them to be very informative. Now I just need to get over the fright of learning a completely new OS (I've never used anything that wasn't DOS based, I feel like an average user again ).
After going over some of the links provided here, I spent the majority of the day yesterday working with Red Hat. I finally got it to recognize my fat32 drive (NTFS isn't supported) so I can transfer the files I download the that drive and copy them over to the ext3 drive. Thanks for the links, I'm starting to feel comfortable in Linux.
aha, sorry, was not aware of that (use debian myself). Well, I guess if you only have read-only access, you might just as well have no access at all, considering you cannot really do too many usefull things on a read-only filesystem, except perhaps executable files, and those are stored on the ext2(3) filesystem in any case.