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Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
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Last Review by oldtechaa - posted: 08-26-2015 09:38 PM
Switched to Rafaela to get a sample of newest features and stability. Wound up staying with it for the past 2 weeks, awaiting Kubuntu's distro. Love all the sleek features of Mint that I didn't expect. Especially compatibility with QT5.
This is a great distribution, and keeps it simple. This can lead to things being hard for newbies who don't want to edit text files. I was new to Linux and jumped right into this, and it wasn't hard. For some people it might be, though. It is great on restricted Internet plans as it isn't always updating and you can easily compile packages from source that you've downloaded elsewhere, etc.
As usual, gentoo uses a live cd/dvd install. In my case, I opted for the live cd version. After having my fun with booting it due to the fact that it was my first time with EFI, I noticed that the bare minimum approach might not be the easiest for beginners.
Compiling the kernel alone takes some understanding, although gentoo does have a command for that: genkernel . In my case, I compiled it manually. There are lots of options there, especially if you're a developer.
I use currently use Debian 7.5 (wheezy) with a Xen cloud platform as my main computer. In the past I've installed Debian successfully on all manner of hardware, including a Power Mac and a Fujitsu Lifebook. The stability, hardware adaptability, and documentation are IMO second to none.
I also want to say a word about the organization that is Debian, an ad-hoc structure often criticized for being unwieldy and slow to act. True perhaps, wrt corporate management models like Canonical or Red Hat, but the comparison is flawed: Debian is something else entirely. The lack of an over-arching executive authority isn't a weakness, it is in fact Debian's greatest strength. It fosters a consensus building process, the direct result of which is stable code and hardware agnosticism.
At work I switched everything to CentOS 6 a long time ago. This was the single best decision regarding operating-systemns for the company I can imagine.
It runs perfectly in VMWare, Hyper-V and XEN, it fully supports DELL, HP and custom servers and it has a great community with many excellent users.
We use this especially for high-load webservers with NginX+FastCGI as SSL-Terminators and DMZ-Hosts, as enterprise-proxy-servers with very high-load and for various other enterprise-services, like ntp, postfix as a smtp-queue-buffer with spamfilter, scp/sftp/ftp-server for deployment, websites with php and for a huge postgresql-cluster. Allover this Operating-System saved the company millions of Euros while parallely being better than Solaris, Unixware and others.
I first installed Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS two months ago. I inherited a donated HP Desktop with a bogus Windows 7 op-sys. A few weeks later I had a problem with my HP Laptop and I replaced W-7 on it also. I have been completely happy since. I can still access my old windows file backups and have had a wonderful time studying and practicing with 'Intro To Linux'(.pdf). I'm on a fixed income and this gives me a challenge learning the multitudinous line commands in a Terminal. As of this year, Microsoft is too expensive and too much of a headache for me to afford. The rewards are GREAT!!! with Ubuntu.