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Old 05-31-2004, 11:36 AM   #1
AquaBlue
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Linux for the Absolute Beginner...


This is my very first post as a new member of this forum!




What resources exist (both online and books) that introduce Linux to the total beginner?

I have just begun to start learning about Linux by reading some online articles. I have a very basic understanding of this OS and would like some advice.

I have determined that Red Hat will be my distribution. Now I wanted to purchase a book that clearly lays out a solid and easy to follow foundation for the absolute beginner- a person who has no knowledge of UNIX or command-driven operating systems. I have done some online research and most reviews seem mixed on most publications sold.

The little I have learned so far has intrigued me and now I desire to start my real learning of the OS.

Thank you for your reply and attention.

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Old 05-31-2004, 11:48 AM   #2
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The Linux Documentation Project is probably the best online resource. From newbies to experts, there are lots of howtos to help you understand.
 
Old 05-31-2004, 11:52 AM   #3
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I've found the "Running Linux" series by O'Reilly Press to be very helpful.
I'd also recommend Linux System Administration by Sybex.

In addition to the above, be sure to checkout

https://www.redhat.com/docs/

for Redhat specific documentation.

I highly recommend White Box Linux for Beginners or Advanced linux users. This distro is a redhat linux enterprise rebuild so it's redhat under the hood.

Good luck!

 
Old 05-31-2004, 12:19 PM   #4
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If you just want an OS to run, try Mandrake 10.

If you want to learn linux, go the Redhat route - get Fedora.
 
Old 05-31-2004, 12:31 PM   #5
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I am anot much further on than you AquaBlue but what little experience I do have would lead me to agree with proudclod's comments I have learned much in 2 days of fedora, anyway books,

I found Linux for dummies quite nice and a bit amusing (it also has nice cards to blue tack to our monitor with the most used commands on) I also found the official fedora companion by Nick Petreley good and a bit more serious (do I dare say less patronising?)

Good luck, and please don't give up, I did three times and went crawling back to XP when I hit a bump, but it is worth sticking at and this is a great forum for help
 
Old 05-31-2004, 01:14 PM   #6
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Introduction to Linux is a good resource. Here's an example:
http://www.faqs.org/docs/linux_intro/sect_03_03.html

and here's the main page:
http://www.faqs.org/docs/linux_intro/index.html

Edit: Also, I agree, you might go with Fedora instead of Red Hat, since Red Hat is no longer relevant, except as an Enterprise edition. And you might get it as a CD set in the back of a book similar to the one I had, Red Hat Linux 8 Bible by Wiley. Maybe there's a Fedora Linux Bible out now.

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