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I am new to Linux, so I feel like touching a computer for the first time, although I eagerly want to drop windows for ever as soon as possible.
For as many good things that Linux may have, the best feature of all is the concept behind itÖ almost poetic, Iíd say.
Now, instead of dropping here hundreds of silly newbie questions Iíd like that some of you experienced guys would recommend a practical guide to start delving into the Linux world (on-line or on-paper).
Iíve come across the Suse 10 distro, and managed to get it running well. The problem is that Novellís userís guides only cover the most basic doubts that one can sort out just by exploring the OS, or the most advanced ones leaving a gap for every other day doubts like installing drivers for new hardware.
Also, Iíd like some feedback on running professional software on Linux. How does top audio or 3d editors behave on Linux. Do they run well on emulation? If you are experienced with this sort of software, Iíd love to read your impressions.
If you want an on-paper guide, any book by O'Reilly is really good. I own this one personally. Yes, of course, a small portion of the info is a bit dated, like the section on the 2.4.xx kernel, but for the most part its full of, for lack of a better word, timeless. Alot of things change, but alot of things stay the same for the most part.
If your into computer programming, here's another excellent title.
Thanks a lot for your replies. Those references will be more than enough for now.
Still, I really need to know if Linux will run professional audio and 3d software with little to none performance loss. Those would be main apps that I'd run on the Linux system, given it's renowned stability...