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Linux beginner. The journey begins here and now..with...questions :)
I need to get familiar with Linux. Not only because of my career but also because I finally want to switch from Windows to Linux.
I will run Linux on my Dell E4310 laptop.
Here we go:
I want to use Linux CentOS as it's an enterprise Linux and I don't want to buy Red Hat. I did install it once on my laptop but it didn't install all drivers e.g no WLAN driver. I have absolute no clue about Linux and didn't even know how to install something as simple as a WLAN driver.Hell I don't even know how to install simple software or how to extract .rar archives.... So my first question is if you know any decent, if possible free, Linux tutorials for beginners? I know Youtube but I assume that 95% of the tutorials on there are useless.
I also will have Kali Linux as dual boot. I need this to advance in my career.
CentOS 6.4 because it is a rebuild of RHEL 6.4 assumes that you already have a lot of red hat experience
or at least a fair amount of other Linux experience
Also something to keep in mind
RHEL ( and CentOS ) are first and foremost designed for running a headless server
or for use with a Desktop in the Office
support for laptops was just an after thought
Centos and RHEL will mostly work mostly well on most laptops .
there is a VERY steep learning curve you need to over come
like RHEL CentOS is rather " manual " in it's set up and configuring
Now CentOS dose add things to make life a bit easier for Home desktop installs , but not laptop installs .
common issues on laptops are
no Mouse pad
buttons on the mouse pad not working
built in 3d chips, not supported ( or not well )
very short battery life ( yes and no on that , it depends on the hardware and OS installed )
As the distribution developers, one would likely expect us to recommend that everyone use Kali Linux. The fact of the matter is however, that Kali is a Linux distribution specifically geared towards professional penetration testing and security auditing and as such, it is NOT a recommended distribution for those unfamiliar with Linux.
also will have Kali Linux as dual boot. I need this to advance in my career.
misuse of this OS can land you in jail !!! ( or at the least ,standing in front of a Judge!!)
A lot of people like Mint Linux
they target to the new to linux user
Yes I know to what the misuse of Kali can lead. I am starting PenTesting (not in production but I'm learning it) and therefore want to use Kali sooner or later.
I thought CentOS would be a good way to go because it's based on RH and RH is used in production, if I'm not mistaken.
You said Kali is based on Debian, so would Linux Mint Debian be a good choice?
I do like the look and feeling of CentOs though, although I have no clue what I'm doing in Linux atm.
As a beginner, go for a distribution that is known to be especially beginner-friendly, like Linux Mint, *buntu etc. and go from there. Once you're familiar with a few things you may then choose to test a few others until you found what you like/want.
Can we have an end to this Red Hat / CentOS are only for servers, please. Red Hat's release announcement for version 5 claimed "significantly improved laptop support". Businesses use laptops and Red Hat knows it. Also, CentOS adds extra support of a wider range of hardware.
CentOS has advantages over Debian in terms of configuration tools for the beginner. Compare the management of daemons, the firewall (which Debian doesn't even install by default), etc. For example, I use USB speakers. In CentOS I can switch between internal and external sound devices with 4 mouse clicks. In Debian, I have to edit a configuration file and reboot.
Maybe I should have been clearer about my experience. I'm a Systems Admin since over a decade. But never really touched Linux. I am now switching in to Network Security and would like to get familiar with Linux. My second thought is to become a Linux admin, never know.. it's my plan B.
It doesn't have to be the simplest Linux. I don't know Linux so I can't tell if a "beginner" Linux dist like Ubuntu or Mint is missing "in-depth" features, which is exactly what I don't want (getting used to a Linux dist just to find out that I have to switch to a different dist because the current one lacks features).
I will study Linux books and probably even check out some training videos.
*buntu-like distros aren't really "missing" much, but they're not meant to be heavily customized. These distros are more for the "home" folks with rather modern, standard equipment and for use in not-too-complicated setups.
If you want to dig deeper, maybe you want to move over to Debian, Slackware or maybe even Arch or Gentoo, as you're saying that you're not afraid
one of the big mistakes i make ( and others) is not asking the background and the knowledge of the "new" user
and what exactly their needs are !
A Windows sys. admin. will still have a learning curve to get past
but not one as steep as a non-technical " point and click" then pray it works, standard ( read "? average ?" ) windows user .
different distros have a very different "targeted user market"
Some are aimed at the windows " point and click" user
Others are aimed at the terminal only typing everything user
Others for server and office use
and everywhere in between
But most "new to Linux" users that ask about certain distros like kail .
Do tend to be 13 year old "scrip kiddies" that think it is " cool" .
and there has been a trend around here that people install RHEL and do not know that a license is required
nor that there are some FREE rebuilds around ,and if they do...
This leads to installing centOS and wanting a windows xp replacement that dose everything for them
then have problems with installing the need software to watch a movie dvd or listen to music mp3's
because they have never used the terminal before .