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Old 02-06-2007, 03:13 PM   #1
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Best Starting Place?

Hello everybody,

I have posted a few threads on this forum (most with some success, thanks guys).

But I was wondering: is there any decent Linux training web site out there for the complete newbie? For people who have had to suffer with MS for years?

It's hard enough working out what happens when something is double clicked, let alone a reply that refers to terminal commands.

If anybody knows of any, please post links.

Thank you,


PS, cheers to those who solved my other questions!
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For me the best starting place was getting a service up and running. Which was Samba as a PDC with XP clients able to login to it. I new very little at the time, but picked a lot of extra stuff not related 100% to Samba while working on that project.

If you want general stuff you might try the book by Marcel Gagne:

I really like his writing style.

Again for me when I started out it was the focus on getting a single service up and running, then I went back and learned more about the file system layout and details about the package management system.

Thats my 2 cents anyway...Good luck!
Old 02-06-2007, 04:14 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by mattjohnstone22
Hello everybody,

But I was wondering: is there any decent Linux training web site out there for the complete newbie? For people who have had to suffer with MS for years?
Do you mean professional training (i.e. some kind of certification?) or just general learning to use Linux?

A newbie myself, I was recently making a website devoted to introducing people to Linux. Here are some links I put on my "links" page (obviously none of these links are mine):

Linux Newbie Guide

Tux Magazine (no longer in production other than occasional articles)

Polish Linux

PCLinuxOS wiki - One of the best "getting started" wikis of any distribution

Linux Tips

Just want to apologize if you were looking for more advanced information, though from your post it seems you're leaning more toward using Linux as an end user.

Good luck!

P.S. I think the best way you learn is through getting your dirty and making mistakes with Linux. Just make sure to back up your data and eventually it should all be a smoother ride (though it probably is already).

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Old 02-06-2007, 04:58 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by mattjohnstone22
Hello everybody,

If anybody knows of any, please post links.

You might like reading:
Old 02-06-2007, 05:05 PM   #5
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Here are a couple:

and in fact, depending on what you want, anything from here:
Old 02-07-2007, 01:56 PM   #6
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Hi everybody,

Thanks for the replies.

To blink56k, I didn't mean professional training regarding certificates, but I suppose they wouldn't be a bad idea to post either.

I'm very new to linux, and I found it quite hard to find information on the internet that addressed a certain problem without having to understand a lot of the basics first. And to find anything on the basics was just as much a task!

These forums are great for help, but sometimes the answer is too technical (with no basic experience).

And so, I would presume I am not alone in that area, so hoping this thread helps others... My bookmark list has already grown!

One other thing I would like to point out... I have noticed that everybody on these Linux forums are polite and helpful, and don't argue with "stupidity" or other peoples solutions (even if they DO have a better one). I think that is rare on MS fourms, and is perhaps something else that makes Linux, and its users, special.

Thanks all of ya for these posts again. Hope they help others reading too.


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The Linux Guide for Windows Users

The Linux FAQ

From DOS/Windows to Linux HOWTO

Sooner rather than later you are going to need to know some Command Line so> Learn the Linux command line. Write shell scripts.

The simplest way to get started is by using the various LiveCDs that are available, like PCLinuxOS, Puppy, DreamLinux, Knoppix
The LiveCD List

What I did when I was first starting out was to put all of the useful links I came across into a website, that way I could access it from anywhere.
How to Learn Linux, Using Linux


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