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Old 10-02-2007, 05:01 AM   #1
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Talking New user, need general recommendation


I am a new user of Linux, I need some advise on how to begin.
I never use Linux before, nor setting up one. However I want to start learning the basic to get me start. To me, if i really want to learn Lunix I know i have to learn to use the command lines, so if there is any recommendation on books, tips, or an already posted threat, please feel free to go into detail.

I am not looking into asking which distro is the best, that I can read in other threats =).

Thanks ahead for everyone's help.
 
Old 10-02-2007, 05:20 AM   #2
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You can download Linux related books from here:

http://tldp.org/
 
Old 10-02-2007, 05:46 AM   #3
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See also
http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz - good Linux guide
http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm - Good comparison Article: Linux is NOT Windows
 
Old 10-02-2007, 08:11 AM   #4
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My favorite beginner's Linux book is Running Linux from
O'Reilly. It's a good reference and a good narrative on using and
setting up a Linux system. It also includes history and trivia. All
around a good book.

Joel
 
Old 10-02-2007, 08:31 AM   #5
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The "getting started" link below might help.

The best way to start is to pick anything in the top 5 or 10 at Distrowatch and start using it. Most distros now come on a "Live CD" which allows you to run Linux without installing it on your harddrive. Once you have tried a distro, then you can install it.

By the way, it's thread, not threat......Whole different meaning..
 
Old 10-02-2007, 08:50 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by pixellany View Post
Most distros now come on a "Live CD" which allows you to run Linux without installing it on your harddrive. Once you have tried a distro, then you can install it.
By the way, my "starter distro" was PCLinuxOS, it's excellent. The best thing is the hardware detection. Note that I'm not just suggesting my favorite, since my favorite is Slackware. You should try as many as you can, it's a good way to learn a lot about Linux. Reading books is great, but getting your hand "virtually dirty" is better.

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By the way, it's thread, not threat......Whole different meaning..
Are you threatening me?

Joel
 
Old 10-02-2007, 09:36 AM   #7
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If you have a spare box to install it on, I would just install a "base" system (no desktop or x server), assign it a static IP and ssh in to it to work with it.
When I first started with Linux, there were no drivers for my graphics card, so I dual booted for a while, learning the layout and basic bash commands for Linux (then one day I finally found a driver, and.. wow- a desktop ).

I know you didn't ask, but I would go with one of the base distributions- Red Hat (CentOS), Debian, or Slackware. I learned on RedHat 6.

Moving from a Windows to a Linux system can be odd at first- but once you hit the tipping point, Linux actually makes more sense, and is (IMHO) easier to work with.
 
  


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