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Old 01-03-2015, 06:05 AM   #1
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Up-to-date books and sites about Linux. Where?


Hello!

First thing's first, I'd like to clarify what Linux distro I'm using and why, what are my priorities, etc.

I've been a long time Windows user, 7 was the most recent one, obviously. However, I got sick of its flaws, vulnerability to crashes and viruses, slow run speed on my system (since I like things to run snappier). I used Ubuntu before, and I liked it.

Right now I'm using Linux Mint Cinnamon 17.1 64-bit (Cinnamon version 2.4.5, Kernel: 3.13.0-37-generic) on the following rig:
Intel Core i3-2100 CPU @ 3.10 GHz x 2
8 gigs of ram
1 TB hard drive
AMD Ati Radeon HD 6670

So with that out of the way, let me clarify and ask a few things.

1) I don't have any Windows application I want to run in Wine. I want to be fully committed to Linux.

2) I am fully aware that Linux is not Windows. I am aware of the learning curve, and the change in attitude.

Now for the questions:

3) I have partitioned my HD in a way that besides my Linux partitions I still have an NTFS partition that I use to store all my media. I've noticed that every time I boot up my system, I have to manually mount this partition. Why? And how do I auto-mount it?

4) Can I enable startup applications? I want to run Vuze immediately on startup in order to seed. However, Vuze can't find the files because the Media partition isn't mounted right away, and this leads to some problems.

5) I want to learn about Linux. Where do I find up-to-date books and websites about it with some practical knowledge? I've already bookmarked Linux Survival and Linux Foundation.

6) How hard is it to manually download and install applications through the command line? It seems like such a daunting task to a new user.

Thanks
 
Old 01-03-2015, 10:06 AM   #2
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3) I have partitioned my HD in a way that besides my Linux partitions I still have an NTFS partition that I use to store all my media. I've noticed that every time I boot up my system, I have to manually mount this partition. Why? And how do I auto-mount it?
You can do this in /etc/fstab. You will have to modify it as root. A easy method of doing this would be in terminal
Code:
sudo nano /etc/fstab
Read through this question
If you're unsure about what your going to put in, list where the disk is using lsblk (/dev/sdx), where you intend to mount it and what the line you intend to put inside /etc/fstab.
If you don't understand the output of lsblk, post it and we can help decipher it

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4) Can I enable startup applications? I want to run Vuze immediately on startup in order to seed. However, Vuze can't find the files because the Media partition isn't mounted right away, and this leads to some problems.
Yes, you can do it in gui - menu startup applications. If there's a delay, you instruct it to delay by a time period (30 seconds?)
Or you can put it in /etc/rc.local
The first is probably easier.

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5) I want to learn about Linux. Where do I find up-to-date books and websites about it with some practical knowledge? I've already bookmarked Linux Survival and Linux Foundation.
Here's some
http://www.commandlinefu.com/command.../sort-by-votes
http://www.tldp.org/LDP/intro-linux/...ect_03_01.html
http://en.flossmanuals.net/command-line/index/
http://en.tldp.org/HOWTO/Unix-and-In...WTO/index.html
http://geekblog.oneandoneis2.org/ind..._defragmenting
http://www.thegeekstuff.com/2009/06/...ntab-examples/
http://linuxcommand.org/learning_the_shell.php

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6) How hard is it to manually download and install applications through the command line? It seems like such a daunting task to a new user.
to install programs:
Code:
sudo apt-get install program
Don't worry, at the start everything in the terminal seems hard.
You just gotta keep using it in bits. Eventually you won't be able to live without it

If you want a gui method right now, you can also use Software Manager (use the menu to search)

Last edited by Miati; 01-03-2015 at 10:18 AM.
 
Old 01-03-2015, 10:17 AM   #3
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Thanks.

I forgot to ask about drivers.

EDIT: and I don't know how to update stuff like flash.

Last edited by malkorion; 01-03-2015 at 10:50 AM.
 
Old 01-03-2015, 11:23 AM   #4
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Hi,

Welcome to LQ!

I like to recommend the following to new users;
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Just a few links to aid you to gaining some understanding;


1 Linux Documentation Project
2
Rute Tutorial & Exposition
3
Linux Command Guide
4
Bash Beginners Guide
5
Bash Reference Manual
6
Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide
7
Linux Newbie Admin Guide
8
LinuxSelfHelp
9
Utimate Linux Newbie Guide

The above links and others can be found at '
Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
As to books, you can look at: Linux Books & Online Magazines
Have fun & enjoy!
Hope this helps.
 
Old 01-03-2015, 02:12 PM   #5
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5) I want to learn about Linux. Where do I find up-to-date books and websites about it with some practical knowledge?
You can get up to date info on linux and related topics by using google's search tool. First, enter your keywords in the search box and press enter. From the top of page, click on Search Tools > Click on the drop-down menu that says Any time and then choose your desire time frame.

Youtube has many linux topics too. And you can filter the results by the date posted for up to date info.

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I forgot to ask about drivers.
Usually, the kernel supplies the drivers necessary for the system and hardware. However, there will be times that you may need to download and install drivers/firmware for certain hardwares like wifi cards, printers, scanners and other unusual hardware.

When the time comes you'll need to install a driver not supplied by the keernel, just make a post here at LQ.

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EDIT: and I don't know how to update stuff like flash.
There is no more adobe flash updates in linux anymore. You will be stuck at 11.2.x.

If you want to use the latest flash, you'll need to run the google chrome browser.

Last edited by CriticalAlert; 01-03-2015 at 02:21 PM.
 
Old 01-03-2015, 03:52 PM   #6
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There is no more adobe flash updates in linux anymore. You will be stuck at 11.2.x.
Oh. What else I should know about? Is this permanent, or will the Community get a new version in the next Kernel update? (I assume that's how it works) I don't really understand how these things work in Linux.

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If you want to use the latest flash, you'll need to run the google chrome browser.
Google Chrome browser or Chromium browser?

Thanks.
 
Old 01-03-2015, 04:01 PM   #7
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http://www.linuxmint.com/documentation.php
 
Old 01-03-2015, 04:47 PM   #8
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Oh. What else I should know about? Is this permanent, or will the Community get a new version in the next Kernel update? (I assume that's how it works) I don't really understand how these things work in Linux.
Adobe flash player is an exclusive product of adobe. They decided not to support linux and android.

There is an opensource version of flash called the gnash project but I heard it's buggy at times and some sites don't work well with it. I'm not sure how gnash is working today because I don't use it or follow the project.

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Google Chrome browser or Chromium browser?

Thanks.
Use Google Chrome browser. The google chrome browser is not in the repos. You'll meed to install it via PPA.

http://www.howopensource.com/2011/10...4-10-10-10-04/

This works with all Ubuntu and debian based distros.
 
Old 01-03-2015, 08:50 PM   #9
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Not sure about chrome/chromium browser:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chromi...web_browser%29


but both probably subject to DRM protection, or won't play flash properly only HTML-5

Debian7 and Ubuntu 12.04 use shockwave plugin on iceweseal/firefox both work but Debian complains that it is unsafe but it might be using an older version of shockwave.

Upto date documentation on "Linux" is not always obvious; some things change and others do not. One place people often forget is their own distro. For specific stuff:
Code:
cd /usr/share/doc; ls
this is the start of a set of documentation for your distro, eek!

General stuff is often quite old, newer the better but must be difficult to generalise:

in short, check the general manual (linux documentation project and so on) but don't forget to check against what is slightly different on your system.

Fred.
 
  


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