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At home I've got Ubuntu running on an old thinkpad for net surfing and ebook reading.
At work I've got openSuSE running as a host for VMware.
I recently completed my biggest project to date, in which I got my work machine to fully connect to the active directory domain. This was a necessity if I were to be able to use Linux in my office.
Now that I don't have any thing left to configure, I'm looking for ideas to task myself with to continue my Linux knowledge. Got any Linux "word problems?"
What should a Windows power user do to transform into a Linux guru?
I graduated with plenty of programming experience. Unix scripting and C aren't a problem.
There are plenty of people out there that want to switch from Windows to Linux, but have no desire to code. Do you feel like Linux and Programming go hand in hand?
Thanks, Those are some great suggestions!
I thought of one more to add myself, *learn more about linux partitioning. As many noobs do, I have everything (besides the swap) on one mounted partition.
Wow, now I see why that's such a bad idea. Putting /home on its own mounted partition makes upgrading or changing distros so easy!
(Now that I really think about it, this is what I already do on my Windows box, having "My Documents" on a separate partition.)
Do you feel like Linux and Programming go hand in hand?
I feel like computers and programming go hand in hand. I write software for a living. I find that people feel a sense of empowerment when they learn even the simplest form of programming. I find that Linux makes it easier to put a toe in the water of programming. If I wanted to teach someone to program, I would set them up with a Linux box.
But, of course, there is much more to Linux than programming. That is why I mentioned databases and web servers and wikis, and so on. I tried to think of the top reasons people try Linux. However, my list will always be biased because of my programming background.
If you really want to have some fun, install "Frets on Fire" and play that for a while. No prior programming experience (or musical ability) required.
The utility of GNU/Linux is that you don't have too pay the big $$ to get anything done. If you need/want to program then that can be achieved even if you don't have the experience. More than enough free information to get the desired task(s) completed. Plus you'll have the forums here at LQ when you do get stuck.
One of the only reasons I subscribe to several Linux magazines is for the interesting articles they have. sometimes the smalles newsbyte in the side column will send me off tracking down a new program I hadn't seen before, or an article will motivate me to install or try what is being discussed. Might want to frequent the Linux magazine websites if you are not up to paying the ridiculously high subscription fees a couple of these charge for the magazines. Also sites like the Debian Package of the Day are nice for exposing you to different things.
@linuxlover.chaitanya, I never got Likewise to work appropriately for me. All it did was give me false hope on my Fedora machine. SuSE, IMO, is the best free distro for enterprise use. After trying many many different distros, SuSE provided all the tools I needed (in a stable and organized package) to connect to different network services (i.e. "Windows Domain Membership" button in YaST). "PAM" is a large area of Linux I still don't fully comprehend, but once you figure out how to successfully edit your PAM files the way you want, I'm confident you'll be able to get Ubuntu to connect...
@David1357, Frets on Fire was fun (I even bought a PS2 to PC adapter for my guitar).
@farslayer, Sweet idea. I like magazines, although I guess these won't have too many pretty pictures.
This weekend, I'm going to practice creating a new partition, moving my /home there, and permanently mounting it.
My apt. relies on Mac products so heavily, I don't think I could do without iTunes. I'd really like to transform my Windows web/file server into Linux. Then I could really make use of the apache suggestions.