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What would you guys suggest i start at (assuming that i have no prior Linux knowledge or experience) if i wanna learn it? Im confused now. I want to learn from basics (eg opening, saving, moving and deleting files) and work my way up to expert level (e.g support, systems admin, servers, etc). I'd like to do all this with keyboard input from command line (no mouse involved). Actualy i wanna move away from what has been imposed on me (microsoft which i still admire). I wanna learn something different. I get very impressed when my coworkers do everything from the command line. I get shy when i have to go to click at the GUI as if i'm no computer graduate. They look very knowledgeable (and superior to me) when they do that. Thanks guys for all your advice and suggestions. It's been so useful to me. NB: apologies for the text clutter cos replying via mobile phone which uses its own java browser.
The RUTE tutorial I left on my previous post is generally recognized as a comprehensive way to learn Linux (and the command shell) from beginner level to intermediate. There are, of course, a number of books available, particularlly from the O'Reilly company (check Amazon). For Rute, you can either take the tutorial online or download it.
As you begin your learning, I would offer only one piece of advice: don't expect Linux to look or behave "Like Windows". Go into it with the knowledge that you are embarking on something entirely new. In my experience, lifelong microsoft users (like most of us) have the hardest time staying with Linux because it is NOT like Windows. If you are able to stay with it, gradually you will find that Linux is far superior to Windows for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the freedom you will feel in not being OWNED by a product that you OWN!
I wouldn't recommend giving up the GUI, but whatever floats your boat. You can go get a terminal-only distribution (Slackware,) but I wouldn't recommend it. It would be easier to use, for one thing, and you can still use the command line. One thing, though, is that Linux relies heavily on the command line -- unlike Windows or Mac OS X, where you might only go in occasionally.
SlackwareŽ is not a 'terminal-only distribution'! Sure the installer uses a 'curses' based install but the user can select a 'X' environment for a Desktop if desired. How can you compare 'Mac OS X' with M$ Windows and still state that 'Linux' relies on the 'cli'?