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Old 01-31-2008, 09:48 AM   #16
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I second the motion! With the mouse clicking on links to browse is just easier.
Not to mention pictures! :P

Let's face it: we're human. Most of us like pictures.
 
Old 01-31-2008, 10:50 AM   #17
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Ah! So many misconceptions... so much misinformation.

For mouse ability, see Links.
For images etc., see w3m!

IMHO, w3m is much better than Links in terms of rendering pages, but Links supports multilingual features, is much faster and has better usability features.
 
Old 01-31-2008, 10:52 AM   #18
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Also, all I am hearing in this thread is Slackware. The reality is that the documentation of Gentoo is much more complete and better. I don't think any other distro can compete with it for learning purposes. Gentoo has its own forum which is the best I have found, ever. It has THE best packaging system, no doubt about it. You can create a package of any program yourself, without any trouble.

The only drawback is that it is source based, so instead of writing one command line and installing a program in 1 minute, you might take 10 minutes and in some cases, a really long time. But it is the best you can have as a learning tool.

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Old 01-31-2008, 10:57 AM   #19
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I have no idea why the person above was steering you to a more difficult OS?!
Yeah - funny that.Seems to be the consent that you need to suffer to learn.

Same thing: What would screwing around with mutt and whatever else teach somebody besides setting up mutt and the likes and that communicating really sucked in the old days - basically you just did it if you absolutely had to (I've been there)?

Same goes for Gentoo;even worse since they got a non-standard init system - if you really want to learn about what ticks why Linux from scratch will teach a whole lot more.
 
Old 01-31-2008, 11:17 AM   #20
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I am going to disagree with everyone. Seems to me that the most important thing about Linux (or any OS) is your ability to use it to do your job. The great thing about GNU/Linux is that regardless of distro, you can poke around in it. Exactly HOW you poke around in it varies a bit from distro to distro but it is all basically the same thing.

I would say start with a user-friendly distro. Then you can work with it. As you have time or need, you can become familiar with the shell, and shell scripting, and configuration files, and so forth. But in the meanwhile, you can use it and work with it,

If you are a "Windows baby", then you will find the Linux learning curve to be quite steep, once you get past the WIMP interface. By going with a friendly distro, you can take that learning curve in small steps, or steps that you find comfortable, rather than being forced to climb the hill before you can even do basic things.

JMHO, of course.
 
Old 01-31-2008, 05:26 PM   #21
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The only drawback is that it is source based, so instead of writing one command line and installing a program in 1 minute, you might take 10 minutes and in some cases, a really long time. But it is the best you can have as a learning tool.
I know nothing about Gentoo. Are you saying it does not have a packagemanager? Please elaborate and educate us on Gentoo
 
Old 01-31-2008, 07:38 PM   #22
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I am going to disagree with everyone. Seems to me that the most important thing about Linux (or any OS) is your ability to use it to do your job. The great thing about GNU/Linux is that regardless of distro, you can poke around in it. Exactly HOW you poke around in it varies a bit from distro to distro but it is all basically the same thing.

I would say start with a user-friendly distro. Then you can work with it. As you have time or need, you can become familiar with the shell, and shell scripting, and configuration files, and so forth. But in the meanwhile, you can use it and work with it,

If you are a "Windows baby", then you will find the Linux learning curve to be quite steep, once you get past the WIMP interface. By going with a friendly distro, you can take that learning curve in small steps, or steps that you find comfortable, rather than being forced to climb the hill before you can even do basic things.

JMHO, of course.
I don't think you should have disagreed with me..Maybe you didn't read what i wrote? I basically said the same thing you did,before you did..
I said i love Linux because it allows ME to do what I want to do with it,i am not bound and gaged by Billy Boy!!
We both agree which is good

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Old 01-31-2008, 10:32 PM   #23
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It would be nice to hear from the OP, IMO. He never really said how much he wants to learn.
 
Old 01-31-2008, 11:35 PM   #24
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I agree with DAVE666 and jiml8. Which distro you use does not matter.

I started with RedHat 4or6 back in 98. I don't remember which. I have used Linux on and off mostly to experiment with it over the years to see if I like it and where it stands. My main interest in computing was games for a long time, so Linux did not do it for me. Now, I use a Linux box for homework and music. Additionally, I recently landed a *very* well paying job due to my ability to handle the Linux command line.

My suggestion to you is, dive in. Becoming a "pro" will happen with time. Even a little bit of knowledge will put you in a good spot to ask informed questions. It will be a lot like playing an instrument. An hour of practice everyday. A year ago my brother sounded terrible on the guitar. I could easily out riff him. Now, after 4 hours a day, he can play more songs than I've ever heard. How much time do you want to invest in this and to what end?

If you have a specific question, try this:

http://www.google.com/linux

Last edited by Christopher M; 01-31-2008 at 11:37 PM. Reason: Because I tired and I typo!
 
Old 02-01-2008, 06:21 AM   #25
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Learning linux

I started by installing Ubuntu, it probably the easiest to use. I am going further into the command line now, and I'm using Linux for dummies. It's perfect for the job...

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