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Old 07-31-2009, 08:50 AM   #1
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Where to start

I am newbie in the linux world and programming and i want to learn about it as it really seem to be interesting.I've browsed through many linux sites but i always end up at dead ends because there's so much information available.
Can anyone plz give me some advice about where to start?
I'm interested in the linux system administration and programming.
Any advice would me greatly appreciated.
Thanks and sorry if it seems to be a stupid question!
Old 07-31-2009, 08:55 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ
Start with using linux
Every distro has a live cd, download it, and boot the cd, so you can use linux without installng it to your HD.
There are a lot of sites with documentaion
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Old 08-01-2009, 01:38 PM   #3
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I have some links that might help in my signature, at least as a starting point to finding some better links, possibly.
The book on the above site is also on in pdf and html form, but the site I'm giving ... the layout is very nice and neat.

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Download and listen to old episodes of Linux Reality. Linux Reality was a Linux podcast and is still a perfect introduction to a lot of the concepts that make Linux what it is.

As for programming, I recommend getting a good grip on the Python programming language, and then moving on to either Java or C. Java is probably the most friendly for the beginner while still teaching you the basic, valuable tenets of programming. C/C++, on the other hand, is the language(s) used to write a lot of the most common Linux tools you'll be using.

But the best advice I ever got (and the only real advice I give very frequently) is to always look for and favor the commandline way of doing things. Instead of using gedit, open your text files with vim or emacs. Instead of using gmail in your browser or Thunderbird to check your email, try using alpine or mutt. These types of applications usually encourage you to learn more about how computers work under the graphical interface and they often are a lot more powerful than their "friendlier" counterparts.
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install ubuntu with wubi is easiest way
Old 08-02-2009, 07:52 AM   #6
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Ubuntu is very easy to install and very easy to use, however you do it.
Old 08-02-2009, 10:52 AM   #7
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i'll check all these links and i guess that i will start with ubuntu.
i've already started to learn python but still have to become used to it.
thanks all.
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