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Old 03-15-2006, 09:50 PM   #1
karlkropotkin
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Learning Linux: how do I start?


For the past two years I've had Linux Suse on my hard disk. I was tired of getting nasty viruses all the time that would stop my work in the middle of the night. Paying a technician to come every time this happened was leading me to bankrupcy. I had the hard disk partitioned and now have one half of the memory for Windows and the other half for Linux. However, starting with Linux is not easy. The friendly icon environment of Windows is not very common under any Linux distribution. Plus, all the console commands seem to be intended for engineers and not for a dummie like myself. It's easy to learn Windows by yourself, but learning Linux on your own seems an impossible task.
I'm looking for books, materials,links, web pages or information on how I could learn Linux by myself. My knowledge of the OS approaches zero, so all your comments would be highly valued.
Could anybody please help me?

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Old 03-15-2006, 10:27 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by karlkropotkin
For the past two years I've had Linux Suse on my hard disk.
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It's easy to learn Windows by yourself, but learning Linux on your own seems an impossible task.

karlkropotkin
2 years??--how have you been using it? One assumes you have learned something.

2nd sentence---I totally disagree. I have learned more things faster on Linux than I EVER did on Windows. Linux: configuration files with (usually) logical names. Windows: The (gag) Registry

I submit that the real issue in learning Linux is UNlearning Windows.

As for your question: Here's the magic formula that probably applies to very few people.... :
Assumes that any critical data is safely backed up somewhere....
1. Turn on your computer in Linux mode and start clicking on things to see what happens.
2. When you get stuck on a specific thing, do some searches on Google--ask a question here--etc.
3. After you have gotten the lay of the land, THEN go read a good introductory book---eg "Linux in Nutshell"--O'Reilly. When you get tired of reading, return to step 1. When you start getting up to speed, then break out of this loop to:
4. Pick some in-depth subject (eg shell-scripting) and learn all you can about it. When you get tired, return to step 1.

When you tire of the outer loop (steps 1-4) then you'll be doing ANSWERS here...
 
Old 03-15-2006, 11:11 PM   #3
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I highly recommend the "Rute Linux User's Tutorial and Exposition" as a way to start learning Linux. You'll soon realize how little you really used your computer under windows...

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