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Old 03-21-2009, 08:21 AM   #1
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Exclamation As a Linux Newbie what are those things should I study and learn first?

Hello experts, good evening.

I'm just newbie in Linux. So I need some informations regarding Linux.

My question is:
1. As a Linux Newbie what are those things should I study and learn first?

Hope someone will reply my post because I want to learn everything about Linux.

Take care and God bless.
Old 03-21-2009, 08:33 AM   #2
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this is where I started
I prefer Kubuntu 8.04, if your coming from Windows GUI the K desktop environment is very easy to familarise yourself with.
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I just try to do stuff, and when I run into problems, I use Google. For example, compiling software and editing configuration files force me to use the command line, so I try to do stuff like that.
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1: Pick a distro. Try a few until you find one that suits you best, don't take too much notice of what other peoples preferences are. Trying a few will also get you used to installing.
2: Read online, or download, some books from The Linux Documentation Project:
3: Just use Linux. Practice makes perfect, as they say.

I'm not an expert...still learning.

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Old 03-21-2009, 10:02 AM   #5
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Good first step

I found using a distro that does NOT automagically do everything for you a good way to learn such as Slackware. It forces you to look things up, use man pages, read books and learn / commit things to memory.

The slackware book is a great source no matter what distro your using because it goes over commands and task common among all the distros.

Slackbook can be found at
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I'm not sure I understand this----Reviewing your posting history, I'd say that you probably already know quite a bit.
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Originally Posted by SHENGTON View Post

Hope someone will reply my post because I want to learn everything about Linux.

Take care and God bless.

Well, I hate to say it but nobody knows "everything" about Linux. It is an admirable goal, indeed!

As far as things to know to start I suggest you read up on these regularly used commands:

su [become root user]

ifconfig. [network adapter information and setup]

mount. [filesystem manipulation]

ls. [show files in a directory]

locate. [find files on the system]

whereis [locate executables {programs} on the system]

rm [remove files or directories]

free [show memory information]

df [show disk usage information]

ping [helps see if network works]

mv [rename a file or change its location]

Lots more but these will get your feet wet.

Most of them will return enough info to use if you simply enter the command with no parameters. Others are not so intuitive. Some commands are only usable by the root user. Be very careful with "rm" as you cannot undo it!

Just enough to get a start.

Good Luck with it and welcome to the world of Linux. Its not the easiest but it is very useful and rewarding when you get it going.

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Thanks guys.
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I've been using Linux since SuSE 5.2, the days when you had to configure ppp by hand and getting on the web was such an effort that I used to log on to the SuSE web sit and buy myself a T-shirt as a reward.

My advice would be to decide what you want the box to do (getting on the web isn't such an achievement these days) and then Google is your friend. You will pick up all the system admistration skills you need on the way.

You might want to start with Samba if you have a Windows box and want the two to talk to each other - that is where I started, you might want to experiment with programming, I've played with C and Java but really like Perl; I also play with Mysql, you can do what you want.

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