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Get a usb drive.
Download unetboot on your windows system and install any linux distribution from the list provided.
Change the boot order in your bios and boot from usb.
Do whatever you want. Even if you crash your system, no worries, nothing is saved, but you've gotten some experience, which in many cases is much better than knowledge.
In my opinion, there's no way to learn to ride a bicycle than by riding one. You have to do things to learn. If I waited to learn how to use Linux before I started, believe me, I'll still be waiting.
ctrl+alt+T doesn't show anything on my computer. Alt+F2 does.
In my system ctrl+alt+T perfectly opens a terminal, I use Unity. And we were not talking about your system firstly; secondly if ctrl+alt+T did not open a terminal in OP's system, he would certainly find the proper shortcut- even a kid has such common sense.
Also, you didn't tell him "which" terminal to open!
What are the kinds of terminals available?
It doesn't matter what kinds of terminals are available- the intention was to know the shell being used easily. I just pointed out one option and I am not here to show-off unnecessarily by telling one "which" terminal to open and "What are the kinds of terminals available". OP didn't ask for such "enlightening" fundamentals.
And before all that - What the hell is a "terminal"?
Write a blog on it. It's a thread of one who wanted to know commands. If he needs, tutor him.
You missed the part - I used a "lol" clearly meaning I was kidding, I have more reputation over the internet than LQ can give me, with all due respects to LQ and its esteemed members including you, so I don't need but rather appreciate it when I can help someone out in real sense. ;-) [What is the shortcut of "wink" smiley in BB code? ]
Lastly, instead of helping the OP, please don't waste your existing energy and knowledge where it's not necessary at all.
Last edited by leosubhadeep; 09-10-2012 at 08:56 AM.
Reason: Same line used twice
What makes you think ctrl+alt+T will open a terminal on his system? We don't even know what distro or DE he's using. ctrl+alt+T certainly doesn't work on my computer...
I'm sorry, I just wanted to let OP know about his shell. The key-trio works in my system, I use Ubuntu so I used my shortcut, not going deep about terminals and their shortcuts. OP will certainly find the proper shortcut and know the shell he is using, that was what I thought. The thread is to let someone point to some resources about linux commands, as far as I can understand. I just wanted to help out, please be calm!
@OP: suicidaleggroll is right, we can help you out only after knowing more about your system.