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Old 05-24-2012, 07:12 PM   #1
bedemore
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getting started with Linux


hi, i just started useing linux, can someone please put me true in things i need to no.
 
Old 05-24-2012, 08:51 PM   #2
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That's a very large/vague qn.
First, if you already have a version Linux running, please tell us what its called.
If you can get to the cmd line, please run these cmds and post the output
Code:
uname -a

cat /etc/*release*
If you don't already have Linux, have a look over at www.distrowatch.com and try out any of the top 10 there.
They are all free and some have a LiveCD version, which means you can try it out from the CD/DVD without installing it.

Here's a good tutorial for the cmd line http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz
Loads of free to read manuals etc at www.linuxtopia.org

What do you want to use Linux for: general email/websurf, games, work, study ... ???
 
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:45 PM   #3
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There are tons of Linux references on the web; you can find no end of stuff at The Linux Documentation Project. About dot com has one that is oriented towards new and intermediate users; that might be a good place to start.

http://linux.about.com/.

Garrels's Intro to Linux is a--er--geekier guide. I keep a copy on my bookshelf. http://tille.garrels.be/training/tldp/.

What you need to know depends on what you want to use Linux for and what you want to accomplish--and I don't mean to accomplish long term, I mean now or in the next few months.

I started because someone told me I could self-host my website using Linux (I no longer self-host). It was a goal and the goal drove the learning and gave it direction.
 
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:32 PM   #4
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Welcome! Now, tell us "where you're coming from" (Windows?) ... and "where you'd like to go (first)."

Linux is, in fact, a vast system. You literally can't "know it all." (Nor do you need to...) To avoid frustration, pick a nearby and therefore achievable target . . .
 
Old 05-25-2012, 12:58 PM   #5
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Your distribution should have a beginners' guide you can read: that will start you off. Useful things that occur to me are:

1. Try the programs in the menu. Read their help files and experiment with them.

2. Look at your file manager — nautilus, thunar, dolphin — and see how it works. Remember that a file called "Letter" would not be the same as one called "letter" and that you shouldn't put spaces in the names: use "_" or "-" instead.

3. Look at the terminal emulator. Type "man man" and "man apropos" and see what you get. You can finish by pressing "q". Then look at the basic commands: pwd, cd, cp, mv, and rm.

4. Look in the menu — under system, settings, or configuration — to see all the things you can alter. Try setting up some keyboard shortcuts, for example. I can start a graphics editor by pressing Super (that's the Windows "flag" key) plus "g". Re-arrange your desktop, if you like — here's an old one of mine: http://img694.imageshack.us/img694/7168/desktopoq.png
 
Old 05-28-2012, 07:43 PM   #6
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thanks you all for replying....your post was useful tow me
 
Old 05-28-2012, 08:34 PM   #7
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I suggest reading some popular proprietary books such as
http://www.amazon.com/Linux-Bible-20...8250345&sr=8-1
http://www.amazon.com/Linux-All---On...8250634&sr=8-1

I have a question.. what do u use computer for?
answering this question will determine which distribution is best for you..
u should begin with an easy-to-use distribution such as Linux Mint http://linuxmint.com/
Remember if u are a beginner (and of course u r..) u should use graphical tools to accomplish your tasks until u get accustomed to the command line but don't depend on one of them completely ..command will be difficult and different at the beginning ..using graphical tool will deprive u from many useful tools of the command line and you will lack troubleshooting skills ..so balance between them..
the first lesson what does GUI and CLI mean ?
google for the answer and I waiting for it?
I am expecting a question next time u login..so don't lose your chance of learning
read about live cds ..how to burn them ..ho to boot them ..what to to if one them doesn't work correctly
a comprehensive database of distributions is in the following website
www.distrowatch.com
your first homework is to find distributions that are suitable for beginners..download of them and try it
your second homework is to use the livecd of the distribution to find out your architecture .. feel free to ask but don't forget
We are not here to help you.We are here to help you help yourself.
the Chinese proverb says : Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime
by the way : I am not a linux guru nor a geek but Ilove linux very much and I want linux to be easy and understandable for every one
again feel free to ask..
waiting for your question and hardware info..
 
Old 06-10-2012, 02:39 AM   #8
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hey man where are u ?
 
  


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