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Old 09-23-2008, 04:06 AM   #1
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Unhappy New to linux ... need overview of linux


hi,
As i m new to linux and using fedorra 8 , it all looks so bizzard to me.
I can't understand a word. so i need an overview or from where to start.
plz help me out.....
 
Old 09-23-2008, 04:39 AM   #2
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Welcome to Linux. One good place to start is the Linux Documentation Project site.

You have a link there to one of many online Linux magazines (linux Gazette). in the Guides section you can find an introduction to Linux.

Good luck.
 
Old 09-23-2008, 07:10 AM   #3
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hi,
As i m new to linux and using fedorra 8 , it all looks so bizzard to me.
I can't understand a word. so i need an overview or from where to start.
plz help me out.....
You say you are using Fedora, so I assume it was installed successfully. Please tell us what works---eg have you been able to use the web browser and access web sites?

In my experience the best way to learn a new system is to poke around in the menus and try things. After you have done this for a while, THEN read a book. There are many books out there on Fedora--any good bookstore will have them---or try Amazon.
Another good choice is "Linux in Nutshell" from O'Reilly.

If you give us specific questions, we can help.
 
Old 09-23-2008, 12:30 PM   #4
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http://docs.fedoraproject.org/desktop-user-guide/en/
 
Old 09-23-2008, 07:33 PM   #5
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I agree with Pixellany; take it one step at a time.
What have you got working, what doesn't work. (Pref not too many qns in one post, it gets hard to keep track of all the resulting Qs & As).
Also, read this: http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz
 
Old 09-24-2008, 12:00 AM   #6
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I have been working with computers of all types for more than 25 years now.

I most vividly remember my first experience with Linux ...

So, don't feel rained-on.
 
Old 09-24-2008, 06:20 AM   #7
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Yes, you need to be prepared to poke around, read forums etc but it's worth it in the end. I decided to trial Linux as my main desktop OS back in March. I decided that I'd use it for 2 months, if after that time I didn't like it I'd go back to Windows. I'm glad I gave myself that 2 month period because there were some initial frustrations, but now I'm very happy with it and can't see myself going back (although I do have a Windows laptop). It's definitely a matter of seeing how it works for you, which programs you like etc.

Good luck!
 
Old 09-24-2008, 05:29 PM   #8
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You might like to buy or borrow Chris Tyler's Fedora Linux, published by O'Reilly. It's in a very practical format. About a hundred different topics are tackled, from file management to security, and for each one he explains how to do it, how it works, related ideas, and sources of further information.

One advantage of a good book is that googling can only tell you what you're looking for (if you're lucky), but the book tells you things you never thought existed.

The secret is to experiment. So long as you never alter a file without making a backup, all mistakes are correctable.
 
Old 09-24-2008, 05:50 PM   #9
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First, welcome to linux and to LQ. I hope you enjoy the experience.
Although books are good, there is SO much information, guides, how-to's, forums and the like online that it almost negates the need for books. IMHO. I started using linux about 6 years ago, and did pick-up a couple books at the library, but I think i learned the most but just working with it. First get the internet working. Then one thing at a time. for example, you need help playing videos? ask questions, look at guides. You'll learn more then a book can teach. we'll tell you about mplayer, xine, kaffeine, etc. for any topic, theres probably at least one guru. Linux is so dynamic. there are always new version of software and different ways of doing things. I learn something new almost every day. I can confidently say that installing Linux on my system was the best thing that ever happened to my computer and me. Wahoo!
 
Old 09-24-2008, 11:18 PM   #10
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Hi,

You've been given some good advice. I would suggest that you look at 'Rute Tutorial & Exposition', 'Linux Newbie Admin Guide' & 'Linux Command Guide' to get some good background information.

BTW, Welcome to LQ!

These links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
  


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