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Old 08-28-2001, 05:01 PM   #1
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Smile don't know a thing!

I'm soon going to be starting a full time course studying programming in java, and as of yet have never used unix, nor have any knowledge of it whatsoever. The place where I'll be studying uses unix and so I would like to be prepared before I start.
I purchased Septembers LinuxFormat mag which includes a CD-Rom containing ZipSlack 8; would this be a good starting point for installing unix onto my pc or is there a better alternative.
From reading earlier posts it would seem that as far as reading material is concerned, I would be better looking for books from O'Reilly's?
Thanks, Tony.
Old 08-28-2001, 05:33 PM   #2
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All i can say from experience and people posting here, STAY AWAY FROM THE DISTRO's IN MAG's... they are evil and hardly ever work.

Well, its a little more tough to start out with but I would suggest getting a copy of Slackware, its the most Unix like of Linux OS's, or if you need something with ease to start off with and learn gradually, start maybe with Mandrake, very user friendly or maybe RedHat.

Yeah the O'Reily books are good.
Old 08-28-2001, 07:38 PM   #3
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i would like to repeat that wisdom, just to make sure it sinks in:

do NOT use a distro from a magazine!!!

i seriously think those things are distributed by microsoft to sully linux's reputation. there are many good distro's out there for about $30 (the personal versions, not the professional), which is well worth the pain they will save you on the install and configuration.

also, kudos on taking the time to learn linux and unix... but just so you know, java is supposed to be a platform-independant language. you SHOULD be able to transfer progs from a windows enviroment to a linux/unix enviroment without problem, but microsoft keep trying to change java to prevent that.
Old 08-28-2001, 08:27 PM   #4
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Yeah! for Linux Beginnings

I can see you your need to learn *nix. Although previous posts do point you in a good direction, you may not need to go as far as to install your own distrobution.

You probably get access to some Java compilers at

if you ask the admin nicely.
This is a free remote shell access service with web and email service.
This way you can learn to use a Unix interface, and other features of the most powerful OS.
Old 08-28-2001, 08:29 PM   #5
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- I agree with the previous posts as far as choosing a Linux distribution. Mandrake or Redhat will let you get up and running fairly quickly, while still allowing you to dig deeper as you learn.

- For printed references, the O'Reilly books are definitely the way to go.

- For online references, the Linux Documentation Project is the place to go. You'll find the HOWTOs, FAQs, online books, and man pages all in one central location.


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