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Old 06-30-2004, 06:53 AM   #1
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Learning how to use terminal

Hello to all. I've recently purchased Mandrake 10 after being incredibly fed up with Windows. I've learnt quite a bit with Linux already, but I'm finding that I'm having a lot of problems with some basic things, almost completely due to my ignorance of the operating system. Really basic things, such as learning how to install files, and the different file types; most Linux programs, to install, don't quite have the eloquence of a Windows "setup".

A few others I know, tend to always use the terminal for commands. I've tried to learn some things on it, but I'm finding it a little challenging. Anyhow, enough blabber. I was wondering if anyone knew of a decent website to learn basic things as such, about Linux, and if possible, how to use the terminal properly. It would really be great to be able to use Linux in complete confidence.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


p.s. On another note, with regard to Gnome, KDE etc... is there a particular one that is better than the other? Or, is it a matter of prefarance? Are some important things on one not possible on the other?
Old 06-30-2004, 07:53 AM   #2
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It's entirely up to you to decide whether gnome is better than kde or vice versa. In fact there are other gui's out there too, those two are just the most common - probably becuase they're the most feature-loaded.

I would learn how to use bash first. That's the shell - the thing that takes your commands in the terminal and executes them.

If you google "bash tutorial" or something like that, you'll get plenty of hits.

Have fun!

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here's a second recommendation for the rute of all knowledge .

hope this helps.
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