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Old 08-21-2004, 02:08 AM   #1
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which choice?


Very new newbie to Linux here. Have advanced knowledge of windows but would like to teach myself Linux. I've installed Fedora Core 2 on a spare machine I have that used to run xp. Deleted the partition and let Fedora Core 2 take over and be the machines only operating system.

My question is? Did I choose the correct operating system? Should I have chosen Suse or Debian, Red Hat 9 or anything else? What I'm trying to achieve is to learn as much as I can about server adminstration, so that I can communicate with the people who manage our companies servers. We currently lease a server which runs Linux Enterprise Version 3. Its home to some various websites our company uses in ecommerce. I've taught myself cpanel and whm, but that really has nothing to do with Linux. Just the other day the managers were hardening the server and I received a report which might as well have been written in jibberish. This isn't the first time I've felt less than knowledgeable about what is going on on that end.

Basically, I'm interested in learning as much as I can, and have signed up for 2 classroom courses to get me started. There is plenty I need to learn, and any advice is appreciated. Hopefully in the future when I communicate with our companies server managers I'll know a little more than when I started. First thing is to make sure I installed the correct operating environment. Thanks in advance for all your help.
 
Old 08-21-2004, 03:51 AM   #2
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Hi, and welcome to LQ!

FC should be close enough to RH ES to make
you feel at home at the server when you've
mastered the classes and are the ruler of that
box with FC on it ;)


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Old 08-22-2004, 03:56 PM   #3
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thanks

Thank you..So tell me...what is all the talk about Suse 9.1? Would you suggest running it on my system. Or would I be installing a new system to work with Suse?
I was usrprised to learn that in the entire world there are only 10,000 certified Linux engineers? If I look at those figures it makes me rethink my decision to tackle this project. If Linux is so difficult to learn that only 10,000 engineers are licensed....what chance do us newbies have? I'm sticking with it, but was shocked to read the article in:
Linux Pro, August 2004, pp.9



Thanks for your help
 
Old 08-22-2004, 04:06 PM   #4
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Guess that the 10,000 only is because a) Linux
isn't too widely used in commercial environments
and b) there's no such thing as a generic Linux
(really, the Kernel is quite similar in all, and most
of the distro's use the same or quite similar versions
of the GNU tools). Redhat has a huge market-share,
SuSE does, debian is widely used in corporates
(but I don't know of certs specific to either SuSE
or debian). The number is not an indication for Linux
being difficult, it's an indicator for diversity and
the fact that a vast majority of hackers just
can't see the point in a certification ;)


HIH.


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Old 08-22-2004, 08:03 PM   #5
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Tink,

Thanks for the great information, I got a good laugh too
I'm trying to install Firefox and am having a little problem.

When I download the software it opens the files and then I find no .exe install file?
Tried to download Gzip as well and the same thing. So I'm assuming I'm doing something wrong here. Should I first download and install Gzip, then try to install Firefox?

The question is once I install Gzip what file am I looking for to double click and do an auto
install? I don't see any exe files?? confused
 
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Linux, unlike dos or widdows, doesn't use extensions
to classify a file as executable. It uses the x file permission
instead.

If you open a console and type
ls -l
you'll see your directory listing.
Have a look here for a brief
overview of the linux permissions.

I don't use Gnome so I can't tell you where to click
to achieve what you want.


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