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Old 02-21-2004, 01:27 PM   #1
DanLuria
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What should a Linux 'newbie' do and not do?


Well, I have a server running RedHat9 (the kernel is 2.4.20-30.9) and it's fully managed. However, I'm trying to become more self-sufficient so I can rely on the admin less to take care of the server. My question is, what should and shouldn't I do before feeling comfortable with Linux? Like, say I want to patch to 2.4.25, should I just have the admin do it, or venture into it myself? Or will someone tell me to hook up my local box and install it myself, first, then try in a production environment? Feel free to throw anything at me, I'm pretty open-minded!

Edit: Also, an unrelated question, how do I change my server name?

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Old 02-21-2004, 01:42 PM   #2
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do whatever you are allowed to do by the admin. i guess i don't get the question. if someone else is administering the system, that will limit what you can and can't do anyway -- and you're most likely not going to be patching any kernels on someone else's machine. the best way to get comfortable with linux is to use it, so install it on one (or more ) of your personal computers and start learning.
 
Old 02-21-2004, 01:43 PM   #3
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I rent the server, so I have full root access.

synaptical: What should I do to learn? Installing XWindows and playing Sokoban wouldn't count, I think!
 
Old 02-21-2004, 01:51 PM   #4
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I rent the server, so I have full root access.

synaptical: What should I do to learn? Installing XWindows and playing Sokoban wouldn't count, I think!
that's a good start, though. (or Gnometris )

if you are renting the server and can do what you want, that's a great resource. what i would do is install something like slackware or debian alongside windows on my home computer, and then set up things like ftp, ssh, apache, samba, firewall, etc. on the server, and mess around with trying to connect to those and doing things. that will teach you a lot. and do as much as you can in the command line.
 
Old 02-21-2004, 02:10 PM   #5
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Sounds like a good idea. And I've got a powerful P2 to test it all on.
 
Old 02-22-2004, 06:37 PM   #6
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For what it's worth, I would not mess with the rental box just yet. I agree that the best idea would be to install RH9 on a different box (one that is not critical) and make it as close to the rental model as you can. Then try doing what ever you want to do. Just realize that whenever you are signed in as root, whatever you do may be irreversible. So proceed with care. But in the same context, that is sometimes the best way to learn. Just keep your cd's handy for re-installing. Now, the fun begins. Enjoy true freedom.
 
  


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