Originally Posted by RockDoctor
I don't know about the parent poster, but the way I've learned what little I do know is by:
1. Reading a book (in my case, Red Hat Linux Bible, but there are a lot of books on that level) and keeping it handy .
2. Using help and man pages
3. Joining a local Linux Users Group (LUG) and asking lots of quesitons
4. Frequenting various forums (including LQ), reading answers to other people's questions, and asking a lot of my own.
5. Trial and Error (including dumb errors, like reformating a whole hard drive instead of a single partition)
For me #2 not so much. Yes on all the others, especially #5