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I'm fairly new to Linux. I took two classes on administration and security many years ago, but I've never really used it other than in class, so I am really rusty and its all in the back of my head. That being said, I need some tips to get myself 're-acquainted' with Linux.
I've poked around at FC5 and Ubuntu (that's what I used in class) and I just downloaded and installed RHL9 on a VM on XP Pro.
A specific question: How can I remote connect to a windows terminal from RHL9?
Also, what do you guys recommend to get started in Linux? Down the road I'd like to be able to troubleshoot linux and possibly get RHCE/T certified; so first I need basics, but I would like to learn command line, etc. as well. I'm very familiar with Windows Systems and know a good bit about networking (I'm studying for my CCNA now). So any cross-reference terminology could be useful as well (i.e. "blah blah blah, which is similar to blah blah command in DOS).
I'm also going to be installing RHL5 (server) and FC10, unless anyone recommends another distro.
Thanks for the help, looking forward to learning/discussing.
Hmmm... I suppose so, I thought it was something new. I downloaded Shrike, which I just found out came out in 2003?
What distro should I use, then, if I want to get familiar with Linux in a business environment (I'd like to learn both server and workstation sides).
If you have any experience with Fedora, no matter how far back in time, then you are better served by sticking with that, though certainly you have to switch to a more recent version. Learning some old tools that might have changed in the meantime is not quite optimal. However, most things related to shell commands and such, are not so prone to changes (core concepts remain) - if you are only interested in those, then the distribution and the version doesn't really matter.
Personaly I use ubuntu/mint on my laptop since everything just works. On my server I use debian (like it slow and secure)
Have two pendrives, one with slackware and the other one with archlinux. Trying to get them to work 100% before I migrate them to the laptop instead of ubuntu. But to answer your question. You can basicly use any distro to learn. Its all in your hands. I allways try to use gui instead of commandline when I work since why make it harder then it has to be, aslong as you know whats happening when you do it in GUI mode =)
For business side I would suggest CentOS. It's an unbranded repackaging of Redhat Enterprise Linux.
I also Like Debian for my Servers.
the Oreilly LPIC certification guide gives a nice overview of many topics for Linux Administration and covers Debian and Redhat based distributions. http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596005283/
This guide is for review and finding out what topics you may be weak in.. it is NOT a comprehensive guide to learning all thing s Linux.