The Linux community will be there to help
You will find that there is a generous and eager community ready to provide help in your Linux/Unix efforts.
I live in a rural environment where I currently connect to the Internet using a phone line with at best a 28.8KBPS connection and more typically 26.4KBPS so I had to optimize my connection time. Given those specs I decided to set up a locally networked server for Web development. It's an old Dell XPS 800r I bought back in early 2000. It runs at 800MHZ but that is more than adequate for the Suse 9.3 system with no other connections but mine.
In 1992 when I first told my programming colleagues about Linux they scoffed in unison and for protracted periods of time I might add. Then in 1994 I told them I had a subscription to the new Linux Journal which looked like a cheap flyer one gets in the mail. Now the guffaws transformed into looks of concern that one would expect when wearing aluminum foil hats to prevent alien mind melds. Keep in mind these guys were mostly experienced mini and mainframe programmers. One was a budding Windows programmer and anything resembling Linux was abhorrent to him not to mention moderately humorous. Some knew me when I first bought a machine in 1979 running CPM (Control Program for Microprocessors created by Gary Kildall from Digital Research) costing a whopping $6K for two 8" floppy discs and 32KB of memory. Had to get an additional 32KB of memory to run Microsoft FORTRAN (no surprise there, huh?) which set me back an additional $250. Remember, 1979 dollars here. No wonder they all thought I was nutso.
Whoops, I digress...my alzheimers is showing...
Press on with your formal training in Linux. I don't recommend doing as I did by first installing the system and then trying to figure out why things don't fly while trolling the Internet for all the solutions. Establish your knowledge base then go to launch.
Last edited by whmitty; 12-18-2006 at 02:00 PM.