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Old 07-09-2009, 11:51 AM   #1
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I'm new in the linux family.

Hi guys, i just installed linux mandriva 2009 on my machine & i'm completely new to it, can anybody take me through it step by step. Thanks.
Old 07-09-2009, 11:54 AM   #2
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Hi and Welcome to LQ.
Just ask your questions one at a time with a good thread title that tells everyone what it's about and you will get the 5star LQ service at your fingertips.
You might want to have a look at the "Please READ this before posting at the top of the Linux - Newbie page if you haven't done so already.
Have fun and ask away.

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Old 07-09-2009, 01:33 PM   #4
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can anybody take me through it step by step.
Just "play" with it.

Until you "break" it.

Then try to fix it, or reinstall (like I did 3 times when I started, I'm better at it now, because I have had some practise, and more-or-less know what I am doing).

Specific questions can often be answered by a search on LQ, otherwise post it here.

General ones can often be answered by your favourite search engine (and google has one just for linux-related searches: )

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Old 07-09-2009, 05:35 PM   #5
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Yep, experiment away, the way most of us learned windows. Only we now have that convenient thing called "the internet" which was sorely missing back when I started using computers and we had to wade through help files that were irrelevant just as often as they were helpful.
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You should look at some good reference information to expose yourself to different techniques or proper methods. Look at 'Rute Tutorial & Exposition' to expand your GNU/Linux knowledge.

The above link and others available from 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
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For the most part think any task in other OS's. In most cases you can do that in linux, the problem being the terms are new and different and some steps are different.

Consider also live cd's. Either burn them or run as virtual machine from iso's to try out stuff.

As above play with it until you break it.
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Hi Aizaaek,

I'm new to Linux/BSDs, as well, and I've found "UNIX, Third Edition (Visual QuickStart Guide)" to be very helpful. I've just noticed that a 4th edition is became available on July 8th. I'll have to have a look at that.


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