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madharry 04-15-2008 12:25 AM

Absolute Beginner
Hi guys,i seriously want to get into linux and my company is willing to send me on the Redhat admin course,but after reading up on the course i found it a bit intimidating to say the least.My knowledge of linux is very limited as i have spend my whole career within the windows battleground,but feel that now is the time to move on to something more challenging.Is there any documnatation or books the will introduce me to the world of linux and get me on the right track before i attempt the redhat admin course.

Many thanks

Simon Bridge 04-15-2008 12:39 AM

There are many introductory linux books and documents. If you will be focussing on RedHat products, you should look for RedHat books. There are primers and study guides for their courses as well as the indispensible Redhat Linux 5 Bible.

Note: the official Redhat courses are usually well tailored for different starting skills. Talk to the course people and they will let you know what they can do for you.

Since you'll be doing admin stuff, you'll look more professional if you put a space after each punctuation mark and use upper case for your personal pronoun.

alan_ri 04-15-2008 04:26 AM

Try Linux.

dannybuntu 04-15-2008 10:24 AM

Hi and welcome to GNU/Linux.

Being a non programmer I started with this simple website:

Some podcasts are also helpful:

If you really want to learn about Linux you should start playing with it!

For that go to:

ehawk 04-15-2008 10:33 AM

Zotamis 04-15-2008 10:48 AM

Yea I started by reading

You should try linux, or even a live distro

dasy2k1 04-15-2008 12:34 PM

my advice would be to install fedora on an old machine play with it, and hang around the newbie and fedora forums here.

fedora is managed by redhat and is the community edition used for a testing ground for RHEL

PS A title like absolute beginner is not very helpful, please try to be a bit more discriptive.

thunderheights 04-15-2008 06:23 PM

This section on really helped me:

I agree with Zotamis. A live cd is a great place to start!

madharry 04-15-2008 06:32 PM

To everyone who replied to my post, thanks a million for all the advice and bits of criticism, I have already started to explore this new world, it is definitely different but exactly what I was looking for.

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