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Old 02-07-2008, 09:00 AM   #1
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How important Learning Linux is ???


Dear All,

I am new to the Linux & want to learn. Please advise me how to proceed for & what are the steps to start with ???

Thanks,

Kiran.
 
Old 02-07-2008, 09:20 AM   #2
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Since most people learn from their mistakes I'd say just (read, then) use it.
 
Old 02-07-2008, 09:31 AM   #3
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Hi,
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Dear All,

I am new to the Linux & want to learn. Please advise me how to proceed for & what are the steps to start with ???

Thanks,

Kiran.
Welcome to LQ!

Several ways to proceed.

A LQ search will get you loads of feedback on this very query/post of yours.

If you have a existing M$ Windows based machine then you can checkout distributions with a LiveCD. This way you can get the look and feel without worry of causing a problem with your present setup. Once you find what you want then there a tons of documentation that you will need to read or at least review so as to inform yourself.

You could look at the 'Rute Tutorial & Exposition' manual to get some good background. Linux Documentation Project is a great place to be aware of.

These links and others are available from 'Slackware-Links' .
Another good point. Have Fun!
 
Old 02-07-2008, 10:04 AM   #4
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1. Use Linux every day
2. Read man pages, docs, blogs, howtos and tutorials
 
Old 02-07-2008, 12:29 PM   #5
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And learn about the IDEAS behind Linux ... to understand it
you should know where it is coming from

In the beginning was the commandline



Cheers,
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Old 02-07-2008, 08:19 PM   #6
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Here is what I did...

(1) First of all, get an "extra" computer that you can dedicate to the task of "learning Linux." Grab that old "boat anchor" back out of the closet, as long as it's no more than a couple years old. (It ought to be a Pentium or better, for example, and it should have 128MB of RAM or so, and a CD or DVD-ROM drive.) Make sure that the hard-drive has nothing of importance on it. Now, you have a machine that you can completely torpedo, as many times as you like, and it's "no harm, no foul."

(2) "Pick a distro, any distro." Get one that's well-supported by a major vendor and where you can get a DVD-ROM or CD-ROM of the whole thing. As noted, "Live CDs" are very handy.

(3) Load Linux on this "throw-away" computer and ... ... get ready to have your mind blown.

No, I mean it! If you have used Windows all your life, and have not plunged headfirst into completely unknown waters with no more than a "Cowabunga!!!" then you are going to feel like you are swimming in ice-cold rapids. If you don't know to expect that, or if you can't persuade yourself over and over again that "this is how you learn... this is what I wanted to do, and did voluntarily" ... you're going to feel very out-of-sorts.

Please understand that I am not trying to dissuade you; I am simply trying to prepare you. After you get over the culture-shock, you will start to really enjoy yourself.

As for "whether or not to do it?" Definitely, yes. Now more than ever, the future is not going to be a "Windows-only world," and as I say that I actually mean no disrespect whatever to Windows nor to the excellent engineers who build it. I'm just saying that the explosion of hardware is going to cause a focus on software that can keep up with the hardware-folks ... and that means exactly two contenders: Apple's [Unix-based] OS/X; and Linux.

You are not going to remain competitive in your chosen profession if you neglect to properly expand your awareness to include all three systems. (The more, the merrier, actually... that's the way this business works; the way it has always worked for more than 50 years now.)
 
Old 02-07-2008, 09:11 PM   #7
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Hi,
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Since most people learn from their mistakes I'd say just (read, then) use it.
I would think parallel work would be the better suggestion. Not necessarily a cookbook but using a good reference/guide. Stumble and learn to correct the mistakes. Research and experimentation will be one of the things a new user will have to do for themselves.

One should know their objectives for the subject then what to do to get to the solution.

I've been doing this so long and yet I will reference something to confirm. Not always the fastest way but the best to make sure there are no errors.

New users and even seasoned users should learn to implement a system log. That way you will always have a means to reflect what has been done or annotate what you want to get done.

Just my
 
Old 02-08-2008, 06:41 AM   #8
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Re - "How important Learning Linux is ???" update

Dear All,

Thanks a lot for your valuable inputs in terms of reply !!!!

Will follow as per the guidelines !!!

Once again thanks a lot !!!

Kiran.
 
Old 02-08-2008, 06:55 AM   #9
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ahhh i beg to differ, if you are distro crazy like mwah, then it pays to re-install a different distro every month, and before you know it, you learn to apply the same commands to any distro without needing to find info for that particular distro, like last week installing a suse distro using ubuntu guides, and guess what, it worked, but the guides for suse didnt...
now thats having fun with linux...
Then again i usually do a linux install at least one a week, unless its my own pc then it could be 2 or 3, depending on who i am teaching...
 
Old 02-08-2008, 06:56 AM   #10
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Just use it,the internet will teach you!
 
  


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