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Old 06-30-2010, 10:27 AM   #1
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Havin a Tough Time With linux?


okay heres the thing,i was using windows from the past 12-15 years and now i got shifted to linux(fedora12) mainly due to the virus attacks,blah blah and the list goes has been a month or so now since i started using fedora12,i am still finding it tough to settle down to the linux enviroment,here everything is in the rpm form,its completely different from windows,aNd now i am getting second thoughts of going back to windows,but NO i will not do that,i will continue using linux because i want to improve my knowlege on linux o.s and windows is defentily not the platform.the only site that helps me to improve my knowlege on linux is not even google ).neways please letme know the problems you came across as a beginner to linux,any suggestion for this newbie here ??
Old 06-30-2010, 10:45 AM   #2
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Hi Manish,

Looking at your "demuxer" query which is still unanswered, I would suggest that you go for a client oriented distribution first - which might be closer to windows xp - say Ubuntu. For this, the first thing you have to do is to safeguard (backup) what all data you have built up over the last month or so. Then, if you are on single boot, just reformat and reload the distro and test and stabilise all daily functions. Then you can move on to other areas. If you are in Chennai, India, drop me a line and we can see how to go about it.

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One thing that might help is a DOS to Linux/UNIX command reference like:

Another helpful thing might be this Windows to Linux roadmap at IBM:

Linux and UNIX come with manual docs for almost everything. Often you can learn about commands simply by typing "man <command>" or "info <command> (info is only on Linux not UNIX - man is on both). Many of these man pages are also on line. If you don't know exactly which command you're looking for you may be able to find it by doing "man -k <searchterm>" will show any man pages that have the searchterm in their description.

For Fedora/RedHat/CentOS typing "rpm -qf <file>" will show you which package installed the file. Then running "rpm -qd <package>" will show you what documents it may have provided (often there are docs in /usr/share). Typing "rpm -ql <package>" will show you all the files it installed.

Google searching can find lots of information. Often you can narrow your search by adding "tutorial" to the line. e.g. If you're interested in learning shell scripting (bash is the default on most distros) then searching for "bash tutorial" or "shell scripting tutorial" may lead you to some good hits.
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One of the biggest problems in learning Linux is to UNlearn Windows---i.e. don't look for something that "works like Windows"---rather, deal with fundamentals like: "How is the filesystem organized?" or "How does package management work?"

Certain kinds of things are similar and follow de-facto standards---eg you'll find a control panel or settings menu for common things and there is usually a context-appropriate menu when right-clicking.

You will of course have to get used to not seeing any software expenses on your credit card.....
Old 06-30-2010, 12:30 PM   #5
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If you are having a tough time with Fedora, try Ubuntu. I recommend Ubuntu because there are so many beginner friendly references online for the Ubuntu beginner. Here are 2 very good ones:
And get the free Ubuntu manual:
Also, there are many beginner friendly Ubuntu tutorials online. For example, has a lot of easy to follow Ubuntu tutorials.
For general linux stuff, the preciously mentioned has lots of good stuff. Here are some others:
For learning basic linux terminal commands, this site helped me a lot:
You will have to do some reading to get the most out of any linux distro.

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Old 06-30-2010, 01:55 PM   #6
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Ubuntu is designed as a GUI-orientated, simple Linux-based OS but I'm not convinced it's suitable for all new users because:
  • It is not the most stable OS (which is confusing, frustrating and de-motivating).
  • It does not make it easy to learn about Linux. While it is simple for the casual user (most things can be done using GUI tools), it not simple behind the scenes.


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