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Old 03-29-2006, 08:37 PM   #1
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Linux - newbie MUST learn - help?

I need to learn Linux for work and also because I am just fed up with windows and like linux quite a bit from what I have seen but my dilemma is this.

Most companies use RedHat so I am trying to figure out if I need to start with RedHat for learning so I can learn the commands, etc or if I can start with suse or mandriva and then move to redhat easily? I know a bit as I am in the techie field so I know ssh, and a great amount of IT in general.

Linux I am new to so because it will help for work and personal use I want to start in the right place.
The one thing I know so far is some commands seem the same but the package update utilities are quite different. Mandriva strikes me as very "like" windows with all the gui functionality, fedora/redhat which seems to be geared more towards the experienced linux user and suse which seems in the middle.
I just want to spend alot of time on this but not learn something for personal use when I should learn it for work really even more then personal use.
THANKS in advance.
Old 03-29-2006, 09:03 PM   #2
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If you need to use linux in an enterprise environment, make sure you learn as much as you can about the following:

MD (/dev/md*)
Authentication/User maintenance
Logs and their locations
How to stop/start services
How to monitor/manipulate processes

Through the course of learning about these things, you should learn a great deal about the OS itself, provided you are patient, and remember that this is not windows. It doesn't work anything like windows. Forget all you know about an OS. Learn anew.

I'm sure I forgot some things, so hopefully someone else will chime in here...

Good luck!
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Thanks - so does it really matter which distro I choose? I "believe" that debian is quite different so that is why I came up with the choices that I did.
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Please do not post the same thread in more than one forum. Picking the most relevant forum and posting it once there makes it easier for other members to help you and keeps the discussion all in one place.

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