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Old 07-11-2020, 10:57 AM   #1
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I want to learn Linux. Where to start?


Hello, I am a newbie with some very basic knowledge of Linux and I would like to improve my skills. I am very excited by its possibilities and I would really like to start using Linux as my main OS. Also my goal is to learn how to use CLI. My question is what would you advise me to read or watch about Linux. Where should I start? What was your experience? Also I am learning Java at my university and I would like to know some tips about developing on Linux. Thank you
 
Old 07-11-2020, 03:11 PM   #3
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Tutorials and online references have their place and are certainly useful, but if you are just beginning you might find a book useful also if you have the funds. I find the hard copy easier to refer back to or find information on a certain point. Amazon has a number of good ones. Linux All-in-One For Dummies might be a good place to start. The Linux Command Line, 2nd Edition would also be good. Again, if you have the funds.

Couple one of these with the online resources teckk recommended should but you in good shape.

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Old 07-11-2020, 05:43 PM   #4
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Before I logging in to this site there was the following -

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Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide

This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter. For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.


Click Here to receive this Complete Guide absolutely free.
Though I have/did not used this guide, that this forum suggests that newbies have a look at it seems like a reasonable place to start.

If you know what your looking for, I'd also suggest www.howtogeek.com/linux.

Please be aware that learning linux has, at times, been described as a steep learning curve, which might not be mastered quickly.
 
Old 07-11-2020, 06:31 PM   #5
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I would really like to start using Linux as my main OS.
Then do this. Download a version, try it out on a virtual machine or as a live boot.
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Where should I start?
See above.
Or see the sticky threads at the top of this forum where it describes how to choose a distribution, there's also tips there how to try it out either using VM or live boot.
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What was your experience?
Installing Linux and running it as my main OS.
 
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Old 07-11-2020, 08:59 PM   #6
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In addition to the resources listed above, Lifewire has a surprisingly good Linux site with a nice overview for persons new to Linux.
 
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Old 07-12-2020, 06:31 AM   #7
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One good way to study how the shell can be used is to look at your distro's startup scripts, particularly if you have a traditional system with sysvinit as your init system. A systemd distro has a lot fewer scripts (it prefers to use binary startup programs) but there will still be scripts for starting up particular services.

Of course you don't use the flow control facilities of the shell when using it at the terminal. It's just being used as a command processor. But these scripts also show how you can use basic Unix utilities to manipulate text out of configuration files.

Also read the man pages, particularly those for the basic file handling commands.

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Old 07-12-2020, 09:06 AM   #8
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Lots of info online. ...
Run with it...

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Old 07-13-2020, 07:21 PM   #9
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My question is what would you advise me to read or watch about Linux. Where should I start?
If you really were 'excited' about 'possibilities' - you would install the best Linux OS for your needs.
And play with it.

You would not ask people what to read.
 
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Hello, I am a newbie with some very basic knowledge of Linux and I would like to improve my skills. I am very excited by its possibilities and I would really like to start using Linux as my main OS. Also my goal is to learn how to use CLI. My question is what would you advise me to read or watch about Linux. Where should I start? What was your experience? Also I am learning Java at my university and I would like to know some tips about developing on Linux. Thank you
You start with grit, make time with Linux and just thrive on.

Check out this YT vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1y-mbWM3B8
 
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