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I have been wanting and trying to become a Linux user for years. I have tried every distro from suse to slackware to Corel Linux (long ago before Novell bought Corel and suse.) I could never get my hardware setup properly to do anything that would convert me from Windows, I couldn't even setup a modem to get online or a printer to work right (because of my own lack of knowledge, not because of Linux.) Even as a Windows user I strived to use open source software. I used Mozilla Firebird and Thunderbird and openoffice.org.
A few weeks ago, I bought a beginners Linux book at Barnes & Noble's that came with Fedora Core 1 and I am now using Linux exclusively at home and for college and I am THRILLED!!!!
Fedora was as easy to install and use as Windows! It automatically recognized and configured my soundcard, video card, monitor, and modem. My printer and scanner were also very easy for me to setup.
Within a few hours of coming home from the bookstore with the book and CDs, I was browsing the Web with Mozilla, checking email with Evolution, printing, scanning, customizing both Gnome and KDE, converting MP3s, burning CDs, even working with gphoto2 and my digital camera.
For more advanced Linux users who prefer other distros, that is fine. For me, as a newbie, Red Hat's Fedora finally let me enter the Linux world that I have been trying to do for years.
Thank You Red Hat Fedora!
that is great .. i am trying to do the same thing right now.. but rh9 is giving me fits.. i now that i am using an older p-2 desktop computer and have added up grades as need ... but like you i am striving to use the open source OS and other software...
i have felt for a long time that competition breeds excellences.
what "newbie " book did you buy with the fedora core 1 disk..
4-5 years ago I baught slackware 7.1 w/ the slackware essentals book, read the book (short read on 5 hour drive as passenger) then had no problems switching, have been only linux since, that book made it easy and allowed me to teach myself and giving me needed pointers so learn rather than depending ont he book for life, in fact I sometimes wonder where it is for keepsake worth.
Documentation for Linux is steadily improving. Mandrake and Redhat have made strides in improving their documentation. These on-line forums and search engines are another great resource for solutions to specific problems. One can Google "xxxx: such and such is wrong" before you could even think of finding it in a table of contents or index.
There are still too many applications where the application has outstripped the documentation but the quality of code is steadily improving, too, so one can get by with less documentation.
OpenOffice.org is pretty compatible with MS Office, but don't expect every single thing to work perfectly.
A good rule of thumb is: "The more formatting a document has in one, the more compatibility issues you are going to have when you open it in the other."
There's a really good article ("Eleven Tips for Moving to OpenOffice.org") in the latest issue of Linux Journal that specifically talks about just that.
Most Barnes & Noble stores have Linux Journal on their shelves, though you might have to look around a bit to find it. In my local store all the Linux publications are always buried behind "PC World" and other computing magazines.
if you really want to understand how linux is working under the hood, check out the pocketlinux howto on www.tldp.org It guides you through building a bootable version of linux from a floppy, and while it isnt the most powerful, you get a firsthand look at exactly how linux works, and it will really open a lot of doors for you, and it really isnt even all that hard to do.
I started teaching myself Linux, sans any kind of book. Ths is not something I reccomend unless you know at least a little about UNIX/Linux. I'll tell you how newbish I was when I picked up my first Linux distro (Mandrake 6.0 at Costco for $10) : I didn't even know how to execute a command in Linux. I didn't know that you had to att the ./ (unless of course you were running a command that was in the path.
I just wanted to say that I have that Sam's book and completely agree with you. It's a great starter book to have with Fedora Core. There are some decent books out there, and the important requirement imho, is to find the book that suits you as everyone is at a different level. Thanks for the nice thread.