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Norcal831 05-21-2013 03:02 AM

Brand New to Linux

I'm brand new to the whole Linux/Unix universe. I'm starting a job soon as a network/telecoms engineer and want to learn Linux just in case I will need to admin on a Linux box.

Some questions I have are what version should I use? I want to build a cheap box to install and uninstall for messing around with not sure what kind of specs I need or how much money I need to invest.

I have a few more but can't think of them off the top of my head and will re-post once I remember or think of new ones.

appreciate it.

jdkaye 05-21-2013 04:33 AM

Hi and Welcome to LQ.
Why not get a few liveCD's you can boot from and try out a few distros and then decide for yourself.

273 05-21-2013 04:41 AM

If you have a fairly modern PC with a decent amount of RAM (say 3-4GB) then you might want to try using virtual machines also. Download something like VMWare Player or Virtualbox and install Linux in a VM. If you've a modern processor and more RAM, or chose only to run Linux VMs in console mode, you could network the VMs also.

Norcal831 05-21-2013 05:05 AM

@273 My Current Comp Specs are:

CPU: Intel i7-2600k @ 3.40Ghz
Ram: 16 GB
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
Storage: Boot drive is a OCZ Vertex 128 Gig SSD, Storage is a 2TB Seagate

If these Specs are good enough, where could I download the VM software you mentioned? Also is it hard to install operate?

@jdkaye Thank you. What are liveCD's and where do I acquire them at? One of the distro's I was considering is Korora 18. I don't know a whole lot about it but I saw a short blip about it on MaximumPC. I also started picking up Linux Pro and Linux Format magazines to read and maybe gain some knowledge. I randomly found this site and hope it can help expand my knowledge.

jdkaye 05-21-2013 05:09 AM

Have a look around here:
I live CD is something you can boot from which will give you a functioning OS but is not permanent. If you like it you can then choose to install it onto the hard drive of your computer.

273 05-21-2013 05:15 AM

That computer is more than enough for a few virtual machines. You could likely run three or more with desktop environments fairly well.
You can download a free version of VMWare Player from here (free for home use/evaluation):
VirtualBox is found here:
You can boot the virtual machines from the live CDs and DVD .iso files that jdkaye mentioned without burning them to a disc.
Of course, booting your PC from a live CD or DVD is worth doing too and I would recommend you try it also.

Norcal831 05-21-2013 10:36 AM

Thank you both for the suggestions I will try both of these options.

Is there anyone familiar with Korara 18? I downloaded this one last night to try.

jdkaye 05-21-2013 01:26 PM

Not me. First I ever heard of it.

Norcal831 05-21-2013 01:35 PM

The website is:

erik2282 05-21-2013 01:49 PM

this a beta release. meaning the stable version is not out yet.

I use Fedora at home and RHEL at work.

these are excellent OS's

TroN-0074 05-21-2013 06:28 PM

Hi Norcal if you think you might end up working with Linux in an enterprise environment then you should try to become familiar with Linux distributions that are commonly use in these atmospheres.

Perhaps the number one distro used in work places is RedHat, however Redhat is not a free distro but CentOS is base in Redhad and is free of any charge.
You can download CentOS at this link ---------------->

Another distro commonly found in the work place is SUSE which also you can buy or you could download OpenSUSE which is compatible with SUSE.
Download OpenSUSE at this link ---------------------->

O.k. Debian is the parent of lots of Linux Projects including Ubuntu and Linux Mint which you should also try, Debian also was recently adopted as default OS by NASA and Google you can download Debian at this link ------------------------>
you can install Debian by downloading the first of a multiple set of image disks (you don't need the whole bunch of ISOs just the first one)

Another OSs commonly used in work environments and you definitely should try, but they are not Linux base. they are direct descended from UNIX are

FreeBSD --------------------->

The above mentioned OSs are all free of charge for which you should download all in ISO format and burn them to a CD or DVD, or install as Virtual computer inside your computer.
If you would like to learn more about virtualization you should start a new thread with that question.

Good luck to you

Norcal831 05-21-2013 09:51 PM

I picked up VMware workstation 9. I'm gonna try a few of the suggestions and see how they work out.

Norcal831 05-22-2013 02:31 AM

What is the latest version of RHEL workstation?

Lantzvillian 05-22-2013 11:46 AM

Just give CentOS a try like everyone suggested, or download the latest RHEL evaluative copy. Usually once you know Linux, you know most of the distros.. IMO minus the pesky adulterated ones like Ubuntu ;)

Another good, but free Virtualization software is VirtualBox.

Norcal831 05-22-2013 04:38 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. With VMware workstation 9. It makes it easy to try out the different flavors of Linux and learn how to use it. I appreciate all the suggestions and helpful info from everyone. I look forward to learning more about the system and eventually being able to help contribute.

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