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Old 11-22-2004, 01:21 PM   #1
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Where to find beginner information


Hello all.

I have searched the web and have been reading about linux.

I was to change over to it.
I basivly understand that there are 1000's or more of different distros and flavors out there.
I found a site that shows all of the screen shots.

It would appear to me (as a non computer professional/programmer) that there is more to linux than installing and then installing your programs and voila you have your computer working.

Where can I find linux 101 info?

I looked at some of your tutorials and there are well done... but I have not found a simple site that kinda starts you at the beginning.

Can some take a moment and direct me there?

Thank you.

Maybe a book? from Amazon?

T
 
Old 11-22-2004, 01:27 PM   #2
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Most of the popular distrobutions offer very easy install process which are self-explanatory. Also, because nearly all linux programs are open source, they are available for installation at the time you install the OS. You get a list of 1,000s of applications, arranged and categorized, to choose from. Red Hat (or Fedora) and SuSE both do this exceptionally well...

Therefore, there generally isn't too much to learn until after install... After you get it set up, then you come to some place like this and ask questions about how to do something. Only after, of course, running a search on this forum for the specified information as well as a search on www.google.com/linux

So take heed, and dive in... You'll like it.. it's not as difficult as everyone says.. If you want an easy install, with the latest software packages.. check out Fedora Core 3 or SuSE

Good luck...
 
Old 11-22-2004, 01:45 PM   #3
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Being a total newbie myself - I know where you are coming from... very hard to find decent texts on this linux thing ain't it?

I tried installing Fedora Core 3 on my desktop box - installed great - won't boot up...grrr! Works a charm on my antique laptop though... go figure! Gotta hook up the laptop to my network and have more of a play methinks...

I ended up installing Mandrake 9.2 on the desktop box - and am currently trying to work out where to go from there... if you need install guides for Mandrake - you can download the pdf files from the Mandrake website - but I found the install process very simple to follow and was not too daunting for the total n00b... I'm waiting for the free release of the 10.1 Official now...

You could buy books on various flavours of linux from a bookstore - most come with install cd's as well as the text... they aren't exactly cheap though... and the install versions are reasonably old nowadays... but they could get you started at least.

My biggest hurdle is going to be learning what all this cool stuff does - learning the filesystem structure and the different filename extensions - looks daunting - but I'm not afraid to read a bit...lol!

T.
 
Old 11-22-2004, 03:46 PM   #4
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2 great sites:

http://www.icon.co.za/~psheer/book/

http://tille.soti.org/training/tldp/

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also:

http://distrowatch.com/ to check out all the distros and what they offer and stuff..

Last edited by detpenguin; 11-22-2004 at 03:52 PM.
 
Old 11-22-2004, 03:51 PM   #5
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Thank you all.

The http://tille.soti.org/training/tldp/...tml#sect_01_01

Was the type of link.. I was looking for ..
thanks again...
 
Old 11-22-2004, 04:16 PM   #6
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Hehe - I downloaded that one and printed it out at work... I just started reading it today too...

Looks like just what every n00b needs in order to understand roughly what's going on.

I also have the RUTE one - haven't printed that one yet...

simplylinux.txt looks like a good resource too - might have to google for that one...

T.
 
Old 11-22-2004, 04:51 PM   #7
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Two other great reads I'd definitely recommend are Running Linux (O'Reilly, www.oreilly.com/catalog/runux4), and the shortish essay "In the beginning was the command line" (Neal Stephenson, cryptonomicon.com/beginning.html.
 
Old 11-22-2004, 06:07 PM   #8
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Originally posted by tgrier
Thank you all.

The http://tille.soti.org/training/tldp/...tml#sect_01_01

Was the type of link.. I was looking for ..
thanks again...

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