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You might want to look into C, for scripting and definitely Perl. There are so many that you can use. What are you looking into when using Linux? Are you looking more for program creation or web design, that should give you the best idea on what languages you should focus on.
The first focus is on writing some small scripts and/or programs to automate stuff on the system, can you do this with perl?
I'm sure you can do everything with C, but I would like some kind of "quick and dirty" script language do get some fast success, and after that go into detail, like e.g. Visual Basic in Windows, you know, buy a book, read it in two days and write you're software... (Sorry for this, but it's only to start with... )
GO WITH PYTHON!!!!! It's a very nice language. From what I can see, it's one of the best. This is because of several reasons:
Python is VERY powerful
Python is EASY!
Python is FREE (but so is PERL)
if you just want to do simple little projects, or put some CGI scripts on your webpage, PERL is fine, but if you want to write an office suit, or something like that, then go with Python. As Double letter has done, here is the webpage (again) for python:
Oh, and if you haven't already, learn HTML. It's good to be able to casually write it, too. It's also extremely easy!