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It only depends on you, depends on your backgrounds, experiencies, will, motivation, engament, pacience, dedication.
I am using linux since 2009 but, I still think (say it loud to myself) that a I don't nothing, so every day I try to learn a thing or two, I'am always trying to learn more, gain more experience.
There a lots a sites on the internet whit tons of informations, tutorials, howtos, and people willing to help. I can only tell you three thing : Be patience, keep learning and NEVER give up.
Are there short cuts to learn everything at a faster rate or does it take some years to learn a sufficient amout of syntax
Giving you a simple way to learn everything at a faster rate : Replace your win7 with Linux(whichever is your favourite) and try to do every task in linux what you do in windows.Just learn and practice. No matter whatever problem you face in linux, try to solve it and dont ever turn back to windows to do things easily.
Last edited by divyashree; 06-28-2012 at 01:40 PM.
Linux syntax? Pardon me but syntax for what? For sed, awk, c, bash? As stated your question makes no sense as "Linux" doesn't have a syntax per se.
If you mean just learning to use the OS, they install it and use it for as many things as you can. As you gain experience and need to know how something is done, you look it up and maybe ask for help now and then and next time you know how. Just like learning anything else. How fast or slow that process is, is entirely up to you.
Are there short cuts to learn everything at a faster rate
No. Learn when you practice. The higher quality info you find the faster you learn. But it also depends on how smart and productive you are. Searching info is also your work so it all depends on you. Learn hard and you will learn fast.
I guess you could fake your way into a Linux admin job. That would be motivation for fast learning
On a more serious note... Get it installed and play with it. If you have a spare PC to play with that is great. If not, consider installing a virtualization program such as VMWare Player (free, my favorite) on your existing (Windows) PC. It will allow you to install one or more Linux machines to play with. You might install for example Ubuntu 12.04 desktop in one machine and Ubuntu 12.04 server in another. The server is strictly command line interface. If you do something on the GUI machine (install and configure ssh for example) using the GUI tool, then learn how to do it on the server command line.
Find and download a good command line reference. Have it handy at all times! Or a book. I purchased one years ago called Linux System Commands by Volkerding and Reichard. It allows me to "Loop up commands by function, name, or DOS equivalent." Of course if you are not familiar with DOS commands it might not help
... the issue is not learning, but retention. To have something become second nature, it has to be used regularly.
And, because we can't use all of it regularly, it may help to make your own notes, especially when information took a while to find. Writing the notes helps with retention and they become a valuable reference resource, written the way you like.