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Old 03-03-2012, 09:38 AM   #1
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I am totally Linux ignorant. Where do I find the ABCs of how to use Linux?

The thread explains my problem. I could use Windows pretty well, but that's because it was the only system I ever knew. I have heard that Linux is a good system, but I have trouble doing alot of things. I think if I start from scratch, I'll be able to use Linux. I'd appreciate any suggestions that will point me in the right direction.

Dave Pumphrey

p.s.-I was given my computer with Ubuntu 10.04 on it. I upgraded it to 11.10.
Old 03-03-2012, 09:42 AM   #2
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The best source of information for Ubuntu is:

While I do not generally recommend random 3rd-party internet how-to's, I happen to know the author of the following site from (another great resource!) and can vouch for these tutorials:

Very beginner friendly and easy to follow.
Old 03-03-2012, 11:57 AM   #3
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There are several books/manuals for Ubuntu that can either be downloaded or bought in various bookstores like Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.

Google for "Ubuntu Guide".

The 'official' Ubuntu docs are also a decent place to start.(Note the https)
Official Ubuntu Documentation -

A good place to start:
SwitchingToUbuntu/FromWindows - Community Ubuntu Documentation -
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Download the Linux Starter Pack - - a little old but still good.
Old 03-03-2012, 05:23 PM   #5
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For basic usage the O.S developers guides are usually sufficient. Most of the GUI guides are related from Distro to Distro . An example is all of them have a Package Manager and a Terminal etcetera. I like Mandriva and Fedora guides myself. If you want to get more indepth there are plenty of free Administrator Guides available that will at least serve as an outline that you can further investigate with a separate search.
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If you need quick reference for any program man can be useful. If you need more information about pretty much any program the arch wiki is very useful, if a little advanced sometimes.
Old 03-04-2012, 08:57 PM   #7
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Here are three references I've found useful: It's oriented to Ubuntu, but it's full of good info. Machtelt Garrels Intro to Linux. Slackware oriented, short and excellent on the basics, such as file structure, permissions, and the like.

The About dot com site has the advantage of lots of pictures. The Intro to Linux is more command-line oriented. I've kept a copy of that on my bookshelf since I started with Linux--sometimes nothing beats the printed page.
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