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Old 02-04-2004, 08:16 PM   #1
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Hi everyone, I'm new in the linux world (this is my first post too). This post is for anyone to drop any tidbits of advice that you have for a n00b.

Old 02-04-2004, 08:30 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ and linux here are some sites you should check out:
and this should have been posting in member intro

Old 02-04-2004, 08:43 PM   #3
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My advice would be this:

Try to forget what you have learned in Windows. Linux is not Windows and as such you shouldn't expect it to be Windows. It is its own beast and things are accomplished differently.

Many concepts may be alien to you (like mounting filesystems), but persevere as once you've got it cracked, things make more sense. Don't always take the easy option - like supermount - as you may come unstuck later on if you haven't got to grips with the concepts.

Read. Read. Read some more.

Do not have your important files somewhere where they can be lost should things go horribly wrong. The best way to learn a system is to break it and then fix it again. If you find you can't fix it, you can always re-install (now that's a Windows concept for you ).

Read. Read. Read some more. Sorry, did I already say that

Do not be affraid to ask stupid questions. As the wise ol' Mr Garrison once said "There are no stupid questions"... I forget how the rest of the quote goes!

Do not start flame wars, and if possible, try to avoid becoming involved in them. Respect can be lost easier than it can be gained (just take a look at the horribly long "Why use Linux over Windows" thread in General).

When you find out how to do something, answer a question on it. Linux thrives on the community. As you learn you can teach.

Old 02-05-2004, 09:36 AM   #4
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Hi bud,

Welcome to LQ. If there is one thing that you can be sure of, it's getting help from the community. Don't be shy to ask and you will soon be at ease with linux.

I would suggest to you not to jump around in linux too much. What I mean is, choose a distro and stick to it. Chose a kernel, a desktop environment and stick to it, at least for some time, to get used to linux and stuff. Then change when you know your way around.

You have to be patient when learning. You can't go deep into anything unless you give it some time.

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If my post sounds a little blunt and harsh, let me tell u that i don't intend it to.

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