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Old 01-27-2015, 04:15 PM   #1
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Linux Newbie - Installation procedure


Hi folks new to site, and just started playing with linux, would love some direction on installation and basically navigating thru directories and features
 
Old 01-27-2015, 05:23 PM   #2
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The first thing we would need to know in order to help is which Linux you are using as there are hundreds available and they are not the same. You should be able to determine this by watching the screen on boot. Most will show the name in very large fonts on the screen. If that doesn't work, boot it up and open a terminal and type in either/both of the commands below:

cat /etc/issue
cat /etc/release

Info on the Linux filesystem hierarchy:

http://www.tldp.org/LDP/Linux-Filesy...ierarchy/html/

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Old 01-27-2015, 05:26 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response looking at Ubuntu 12.04 and later and also would love to start playing with Centos 7. If there is a particular version as someone new to linux world i should start with i welcome the suggestions as well.

thx much
 
Old 01-28-2015, 06:15 AM   #4
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A good tutorial about the cmd line http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz
 
Old 01-28-2015, 03:11 PM   #5
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Thanks for the response looking at Ubuntu 12.04 and later and also would love to start playing with Centos 7. If there is a particular version as someone new to linux world i should start with i welcome the suggestions as well.

thx much
I would suggest that you start with Ubuntu, since it has a nice GUI and you won't need to use the shell for every task. However, to be able to administer Linux properly, a good knowledge of Linux commands is necessary.

Here are a couple of sites that can help you get started:

https://help.ubuntu.com/stable/ubuntu-help/index.html - official Ubuntu documentation
http://linux-bible.com - most examples are from Ubuntu

If you are willing to spend some money, edX has a great video course: https://www.edx.org/course/introduct...ionx-lfs101x-2
 
Old 01-28-2015, 06:39 PM   #6
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Thanks for the response looking at Ubuntu 12.04 and later and also would love to start playing with Centos 7. If there is a particular version as someone new to linux world i should start with i welcome the suggestions as well.

thx much
You may want to run either Ubuntu or Linux Mint and get very good with package management and commandline first before moving to a Red Hat based distribution like CentOS. CentOs has a different package management system than Linux Mint.

Red Hat and CentOS are server class distributions so if you plan to run a Server/RH based distribution read the documentation to understand how RH based distro's run. The RH documentation is very helpful if your going to run CentOS.

http://www.linuxmint.com/
http://www.centos.org/download/
https://access.redhat.com/documentat...erprise_Linux/
 
Old 01-28-2015, 09:13 PM   #7
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Linux Voice has done a video about installing Linux Mint. The Mint graphical install is fairly typical of most Linux installers, though a little easier than some. Even if you don't install Mint, watching the video will give you an idea of what to expect. The primary steps are fairly standard, though their are variations from distro to distro:
  1. Boot from the install media.
  2. Prepare a partition to receive the install (if you want to dual boot, this will include shrinking an existing partition to make room for a new one).
  3. Answer a few questions about keyboard type, timezone, language, and the like.
  4. Install the boot loader (this is normally highly automated).
  5. Wait until the install is done, then reboot when instructed.

The video is the second one at this link: http://www.linuxvoice.com/getting-started-with-linux/
 
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Old 01-29-2015, 12:41 PM   #8
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Thanks for the response looking at Ubuntu 12.04 and later and also would love to start playing with Centos 7. If there is a particular version as someone new to linux world i should start with i welcome the suggestions as well.thx much
As mentioned, Ubuntu and Linux Mint are great first distributions. Please be aware that these linux distributions (distros) have expiration dates. You should pick a version which is still supported. The latest Mint version is 17.1 and is supported (with security updates, etc) until April, 2019. The latest Ubuntu version is 14.10 and is supported until July, 2015. The latest LTS (Long Term Support) version of Ubuntu is 14.04.1, supported until April, 2019. Some other common distros recommended for beginners are PCLinuxOS and Zorin.
The nice thing is that when the support ends, the upgrade to a new supported version is free and easy - much easier than installing Windows, I hear. (I wouldn't know firsthand.)

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