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Old 04-19-2011, 03:34 PM   #1
Bull J
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Making the Leap, but...


I'm making the leap, but failing miserably! That I'll take up in the forums, though.

My name is Mark, but no one other than my wife & mother have used it in forty years. Everyone just calls me "Bull".

I'm a US Navy(Submarine Service veteran, disabled. One of my daughters is serving now. I'm the father of six, (3 each), and a devoted husband. My largest interests around here are my gardens and my amateur radio habit. I'm also a Freemason and am very active in the local Lodge, Scottish Rite, & O.E.S. just to fill in any left over time I support the Masonic Youth groups - and - our family owns & operates an exotic animal rescue. We live just outside of the beautiful & historic city of Mobile, AL - the home of Mardi Gras. (Not that other city...!)

Enough about me. On to the Knowledge! Maybe I'll learn how to get the blinkin' system to install!!
 
Old 04-19-2011, 03:56 PM   #2
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easy enough, put cd in cd tray turn on the computer and follow directions if it fails give us more information
 
Old 04-19-2011, 04:05 PM   #3
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Howdy Bull. Former Jarhead here. You'll figure it out with practice. No body is born knowing this stuff.
 
Old 04-19-2011, 05:52 PM   #4
thund3rstruck
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Welcome Bull! I'm also a former sailor (spent most of my time in the 6th fleet in Naples, Italy).

Linux is extremely rewarding but it can have a heck of a learning curve. I recommend going with a well supported distribution like Fedora, Linux Mint, or Ubuntu. Once you install refer to the everything guides to help you get the most out of your new system:

Unofficial Fedora Guide
Unofficial Ubuntu Guide

These portals will remove most of the mystery and get right down to how to do what you want!
 
Old 04-19-2011, 08:21 PM   #5
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What rokytnji said: We were all newbies once.

Linux is not difficult, but it is different. It's important not to expect it to act like Windows, because it won't.

Here are some links I recommend for starters:

http://linux.about.com/. It's oriented to Ubuntu, but it's full of good info. An excellent starting point.

http://tille.garrels.be/training/tldp/. Machtelt Garrels Intro to Linux. I keep a copy on my bookshelf. Wait till you have a few weeks of experience before reading it.

http://www.slackbook.org/. Slackware oriented, but excellent on the basics, such as file structure, permissions, and the like.

Last edited by frankbell; 04-19-2011 at 08:24 PM.
 
Old 04-27-2011, 12:51 PM   #6
lisle2011
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You should mark this post as SOLVED
 
Old 04-27-2011, 01:27 PM   #7
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Welcome Bull! Thank you for your service to our country.

HERE's a little something you might find helpful.

~Eric
 
Old 04-28-2011, 11:25 AM   #8
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