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Old 03-26-2007, 05:57 AM   #1
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Smile How can I learn more

I have been using linux for about 8 months I have bitten the bullet and killed XP I would like to now learn as much as I can. My current os is ubuntu edgy eft. I would like to learn how to use the command line better and how to download from my cd usable programmes. Ihave crashed my system many times trying new things reinstalling edgy is not a problem but I would like to be able to do things without crashing any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks Terry
Old 03-26-2007, 06:05 AM   #2
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To download programs, use the package manager (Synaptic or Adept). You can specify your install CD as one of the sources, but everything is available in the Ubuntu repositories.

To learn the command line, I recommend "Bash Guide for Begineers" at TLDP

As for crashing, we'd have to know what you did---there are at least 1 million ways to crash a computer---sometimes I think I have done them all...
Old 03-26-2007, 06:07 AM   #3
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Go to the website for a large repository of documentation including a book on Advanced Bash Scripting. It is composed entirely of examples you can try yourself, so don't let the word "Advanced" scare you off.

( I remember in College how the hardest classes had the work "Fundamental" in the text book title. )
Old 03-26-2007, 06:28 AM   #4
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Hi brotell

First off, I can see yo uare using Ubuntu. Thats great. Makes things a littel easier.
Here are two sites I have found very useful:
The first site is a resource for doing (almost) everything with Ubuntu
The second is the Ubuntu wiki. People submit howtos and stuff here for your perusal. Try these two pages as part of your search for "how to do x"

The other resource i would use is the Ubuntu-specific forum here at Linux questions.
There are quite a few people who use Ubuntu, and a few of them regularly post in that forum. While you may not get immediate answers, you [should] get pointed in the right direction.

Lastly, before leaving, I will leave you with teh often said:
Google is your friend - this is no lie. If you are unsure, ask google, he might be able to find it for you!

Old 03-26-2007, 07:12 AM   #5
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want to learn more about the shell?
and of course, as already mentioned, the ABS:

and many, many other sites
Old 03-26-2007, 08:59 AM   #6
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Think about taking a backup image of your linux installation. This way, after a crash you would be able to restore everything up within minutes.

I am going through a similar kind of phase (i am on my 7th crash at the moment). What i did was to take a backup image using the 'dd' command. Now when ever i crash my system, i login via the live cd and restore the image. and voila.... we have a working system back with in 10 mins....

i highly recommend you do the same.
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And let's not forget the all important and useful 'man' command.
Old 03-26-2007, 09:50 AM   #8
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learn basic commands pictorially

Basic Linux Commands for newbies
Old 03-26-2007, 10:26 AM   #9
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"I have crashed my system many times"

Quite often you don't "crash" Linux - you "crash" your Xserver, and Linux remains intact.

The most important command I have found in *ubuntu is
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
When your screen is reduced to a prompt input this. It will start a text-based wizard which will reconfigure your Xserver. Answer any questions you can and if you can't then go with the default, given answer. If it doesn't succeed at first then try again and take the option VESA.

Any specific driver e.g. Nvidia or ATI will probably need reinstalled again. If you have either or these cards take a look at the script "Envy" at It doesn't work for 100% of people - but it can be very good when it does.

I have found a few things helpful with *ubuntu -
1) Psychocats at
2) The " Unofficial Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) Starter Guide" at and
3)"Great Ubuntu Links!" at


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