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Old 06-11-2014, 06:16 AM   #1
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Question I want to switch to Linux?And become an expert slackware user.


Hi!

I want to switch to Linux,And become an expert slackware user but being a novice in linux.I dont know where to start.So plz anybody guide me.
Where should I start as a beginner,And What Distro shall I Start with.
And what skill should I have as a beginner to move to the intermediate level,
What Distro should I use as a intermediate user.
And what skill should I have as a intermediate to move to the Advance level.

Thank you

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Old 06-11-2014, 06:27 AM   #2
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If you don't know where to start, this quiz can be useful; http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/index.php It will give you a list of distributions that match your answers.

Also this page has some nice information about the most common ones; http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major

Typically though, when i started using linux. I would just search for what i was attempting to do when i couldn't figure it out.

You slowly pick things up that way, mostly through trial and error. But mistakes are the best lessons!
 
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Old 06-11-2014, 07:04 AM   #3
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If you don't know where to start, this quiz can be useful; http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/index.php It will give you a list of distributions that match your answers.

Also this page has some nice information about the most common ones; http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major

Typically though, when i started using linux. I would just search for what i was attempting to do when i couldn't figure it out.

You slowly pick things up that way, mostly through trial and error. But mistakes are the best lessons!
Thank you Coralfang,After I took the quiz the result was dropdown to 4 linux Distrubition Mint,OpenSUSE,Mandriva,Ubuntu.

Now which distro should I install and where can I get the resources as a beginner to start learning and understand the entier linux system
 
Old 06-11-2014, 07:25 AM   #4
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What distro to start with? If you want Slackware, than use Slackware.

http://www.slackware.com/install/
http://tldp.org/

Any distro will work (it's all Linux), but Slackware will carry you through all stages of your Linux development.
 
Old 06-11-2014, 07:31 AM   #5
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Hi there, and welcome to LQ.

The best way to learn about GNU/Linux is probably a balanced combination of reading and practice. The more theoric knowlege you have, the better you will be able to do what you want with your system. On the other hand, practice will reinforce theory by completing it and by posing new problems. That's a dynamic process. Regarding documentation, there are many online sources available about GNU/Linux: books, forums, wiki pages, software manuals, and so on and so forth.

A few examples:
The Linux Documentation Project
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
Bash Guide for Beginners
What is free software?

The distributions themselves are the main, hands-on learning tool. They also store documentation on your system, about the installed software. Regarding the best distribution to start with, there is no ultimate answer, and many discussions are already available on these forums. You say that you are interested in Slackware, so you might start with it right away (see the links below). Otherwise, search about the existing distributions and compare their genealogy, features and target, and then try one (or more) of them. The links posted above by coralfang may be a goot starting point. I suggest that you also look at this page.

There is no such thing as an official "Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced" classification of distributions. Many people find the so-called "user-friendly" distributions to be easy to use, whereas others find them difficult, because of the massive layer of automation they ship with, often preventing the user to have full control on the system. On the other hand, the so-called "difficult" distributions are sometimes perceived as easier to use, because they don't get in the way by imposing unwanted automation, thus allowing full control, and they are usually less complex and more stable. The final choice is up to you.

Because you are asking about Slackware:
The official website
Slackware Linux Essentials
The revised slackbook project (beta)
Slackware Documentation Project
The official forum (right here on LQ)

Have fun!

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Old 06-11-2014, 08:48 AM   #6
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Hi!

I want to switch to Linux,And become an expert slackware user but being a novice in linux.I dont know where to start.So plz anybody guide me.
I usually provide these links to newbies;



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Just a few links to aid you to gaining some understanding;
1.Linux Documentation Project
2
Rute Tutorial & Exposition
3
Linux Command Guide
4
Bash Beginners Guide
5
Bash Reference Manual
6
Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide
7
Linux Newbie Admin Guide
8
LinuxSelfHelp
9
Utimate Linux Newbie Guide

The above links and others can be found at '
Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
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Where should I start as a beginner,And What Distro shall I Start with.
SlackwareŽ Home to get Slackware since that is your goal. Look at the other Slackware related links in my signature.

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And what skill should I have as a beginner to move to the intermediate level,
By using Slackware and available Slackware Doc Project to help as you move from newbie to a Slackware user.

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What Distro should I use as a intermediate user.
Slackware of course.

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And what skill should I have as a intermediate to move to the Advance level.

Thank you
Experience! Admin can be very useful as you move through different system experiences. Looking at the 'init' scripts to learn how things are initialized. Not just reading but stepping through the scripts to understand each step and the results for each. As a Admin you will need to learn/understand scripting to have good maintenance skills for the system.

Be sure to sign up for security alerts by using http://www.slackware.com/lists/

Overall, have fun while you learn.
Hope this helps.
 
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Old 06-12-2014, 01:46 AM   #7
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Thank you VERRRRRRRRRRRRY Much for all your help! I planned on Starting right a way

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