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Old 07-11-2007, 02:51 PM   #1
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Question how do you learn about Linux

I am a newbie that wants to learn about Linux operating systems for use on legacy hardware. Specifically, I bought 12 pentium 3's that used to be in an industrial video teleconferencing network. They were cheap ($17 ea.) and they came with wireless keyboards and mice, drawing tablets, near field audio monitors and small amps. I thought maybe I could make juke boxes or video control units for light shows. Originally I figured that since my location in the country seems to eat computers when they are online, I would just use them as disposable internet computers. What better firewall than two feet of open space with no connection to your good computer! so whadda ya think?
Old 07-11-2007, 02:57 PM   #2
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Well, I'd grab a Debian CD (netinstall preferred if you have a broadband connection), install it and start fiddling around. You can, of course, choose a different distribution. Just go to and pick one of the top 10. Generally I've heard gurus say that if you really want to learn linux, use one of the big three -- Slackware, Gentoo, or Debian...

Good documentation sites are:

The first two are debian specific, the last one is linux specific. Also google a lot for terms like "linux newbie" for general documentation or google your specific issue. The best way to learn is to just start working on solving a problem (like getting the drawing tablets to work, etc). Find something you want to do with it and start taking the steps to get there.

Also, there's some good newbie docs at the Linux Documentation Project.
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the "getting started" link below might be helpful
Old 07-11-2007, 03:54 PM   #4
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Hello and welcome to LQ!

I am learning Linux by doing and of course alot of reading, as well as hanging out here!

Generally I've heard gurus say that if you really want to learn linux, use one of the big three -- Slackware, Gentoo, or Debian...
Thats great, never heard that. Sounds like we should change the distros names to GMC,Ford, and ummm whats the other one?
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GM, Ford and.......Saturn lol.
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and ummm whats the other one?
There used to be another one. It's german now. That wouldn't be SuSE, no, wait ...
Old 07-12-2007, 07:54 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by pljvaldez
Generally I've heard gurus say that if you really want to learn linux, use one of the big three -- Slackware, Gentoo, or Debian...
Pfft... If you really want to learn Linux, you build it yourself.


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