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Old 09-02-2004, 10:16 AM   #1
chidman
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Looking for Orientation Online


Hi

Lame newbie question follows - please send flames to . . . .

I have just installed Linux and I think it is called Red Hat (although I have a strong suspicion that the two are not necessarily mutually exclusive) and I am looking for some basic orientation online.

I have been Windows-based for years with a fair amount of technical experience and can find my way round one of Bill's OS's with my eyes closed.

Today I can't even find my floppy drive!

All I really need to know is 'Where do I start?'

Many Thanks

Chris.
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Old 09-02-2004, 10:22 AM   #2
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TLDP has a lot of HOWTOS to get you started. Also, Google For Linux.
 
Old 09-02-2004, 10:38 AM   #3
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These 2 cmds will give you some information on your system:

uname -a

cat /etc/issue

As for 'where do I start?', you need to ask specific qns if you want useful answers ... but try these links:
http://www.comptechdoc.org/os/linux/
http://www.mamiyami.com/document/oreilly/ - check out the Linux and Unix sections.
http://www.icon.co.za/~psheer/book/index.html.gz

HTH

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Old 09-02-2004, 11:19 AM   #4
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Thank you very much guys.

There's enough there to keep me quiet for a while :-)

Cheers

Chris.
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Old 09-02-2004, 01:20 PM   #5
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another excellent guide...

http://www.icon.co.za/~psheer/book/index.html.gz
 
Old 09-04-2004, 10:13 AM   #6
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Hi

The best way, i find to start off is to get a book and follow whatever is written whether it be the process of installation or any other issue. it is just a matter of time till u get accustomed with the new environment. Well the book where i started was "Red Hat Linux Bible". u only learn by reading. There is no alternative to reading books. But still u have problems , u can post ur problems here & i 'm sure u would be answered, but u need to be specific while asking.

Hope the advice works with u because it worked with me a couple of months back. good luck
 
Old 09-05-2004, 10:49 AM   #7
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Thanks guys. I have found half a dozen e-books, including the Red Hat Bible and am working my way through them bit by bit.

I have learned how to go from the Red Hat GUI into what looks like the CLI screen. My next step is finding out how to get back to the GUI again and how to get out of the man <i>[keyword]</i> pages.

Lol.

Chris
 
Old 09-11-2004, 08:12 AM   #8
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hi chris

i think u have logged in through text mode. and now u want to go back to gui. type "startx" and press enter. this will work for u.

to get out of man pages, type q after the colon u see at the bottom.
 
Old 09-11-2004, 12:57 PM   #9
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here's some good reading guides for newbies

Books:<br />
Running Linux, Fourth Edition - <br />
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0596002726/qid%3D1089924362/sr%3D2-2/ref%3Dsr%5F2%5F2/103-7616489-3285461" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/A...7616489-3285461</a><br />
<br />

Linux in a Nutshell, Fourth Edition<br />
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0596004826/ref=pd_bxgy_text_1/103-7616489-3285461?v=glance&amp;s=books&amp;st=*" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...=books&amp;st=*</a><br />
<br />
Sams Teach Yourself Red Hat Linux Fedora in 24 Hours - <br />
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0672326302/qid=1090769096/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-7616489-3285461?v=glance&amp;s=books" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...nce&amp;s=books</a><br />
<br />
Linux For Dummies, 5th Edition<br />
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764543105/qid%3D1090769723/sr%3D11-1/ref%3Dsr%5F11%5F1/103-7616489-3285461" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/A...7616489-3285461</a><br />
<br />

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E-Books [Free, but I'm sure the authors would appreciate a donation or feedback]<br />
<br />
The LINUX NEWBIE ADMINISTRATOR <font color="red">GUIDE</font> - <br />
<a href="http://linux-newbie.sunsite.dk/" target="_blank">http://linux-newbie.sunsite.dk/</a><br />
<br />
Various @ the Total Linux Documentation Page - <br />
<a href="http://www.tldp.org/guides.html" target="_blank">http://www.tldp.org/guides.html</a><br />

<br />
Agustin's Linux Manuals<br />
<a href="http://www.globusz.com/authors_v.asp" target="_blank">http://www.globusz.com/authors_v.asp</a><br />
<br />
Newbie's Linux Manuals<br />
<a href="http://library.n0i.net/linux-unix/administration/nlm/" target="_blank">http://library.n0i.net/linux-unix/administration/nlm/</a><br />
<br />
Rute -<br />
<a href="http://www.icon.co.za/~psheer/rute-home.html" target="_blank">http://www.icon.co.za/~psheer/rute-home.html</a><br />
<br />
Also in a paperback bound edition - <br />

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0130333514/" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0130333514/</a><br />
<br />
=================================================<br />
<br />
To Learn about the Linux/GNU Philosophy nad history [Books, Cont.]<br />
<br />
Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution -- by Glyn Moody<br />
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0738206709/qid=1090769459/sr=ka-1/ref=pd_ka_1/103-7616489-3285461" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/A...7616489-3285461</a><br />
<br />
The Cathedral and the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary -- by Eric S. Raymond <br />
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0596001088/qid=1090769459/sr=ka-2/ref=pd_ka_2/103-7616489-3285461" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/A...7616489-3285461</a><br />

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Guides/FAQs/misc:<br />
<br />
Want to Learn the Linux Equivalents of Programs you use in Windows:<br />
<a href="http://linuxshop.ru/linuxbegin/win-lin-soft-en/table.shtml" target="_blank">http://linuxshop.ru/linuxbegin/win-...-en/table.shtml</a><br />
<br />
[This table is still informative, though not recently updated. Does anyone have any news/information about this project ? Is it abandoned ? Does anyone else in the linux community have another project similar to this going at this time ?]<br />
<br />
Eric Raymond's <font color="red">Guide</font> to ask Intelligent Questions<br />

<a href="http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html" target="_blank">http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html</a><br />
<br />
<br />
Wanna delve into another unix operating system ? <br />
Try the FreeBSD Handbook [for the FreeBSD Operating system]<br />
<a href="http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.IS...book/index.html</a><br />
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[<b><i>I originally posted this on another forum - http://www.justlinux.com/forum/showt...hreadid=131047 ]
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If anyone else would like to add/modify this - I'll do it - reply/pm me.
 
  


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