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Old 04-05-2006, 12:50 AM   #1
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Linux OS Recommendation Please

Hello again everybody,

Well I'm going to get back into Linux. The first time I got into it I had a few problems with it and gave up about 2days after I installed it.

Anyway this time I am going to use Debian and buy some books so I don't get stuck again. Linux GNU Debian 3.XX Bible is one book I have my eye on. I here that with Linux, using the command line can accomplish some tasks that couldn't have been accomplished with Windows. Can someone please give a bit more detail on this fact, thanks.

Also I have had a fair bit of experience programming in C/C++ does this help in using the Linux command line? Does debian have a GUI like windows? The main reason I am going to start using Linux is to earn a career out of it, as I know that there are a fair few businesses that prefer Linux over MS because of its robustness.

Can any please give me some more information on learning Linux Debian and also some basic tips that can help me out if I get stuck, and even some more book recommendations for Debian.

Thanks In Advance
Old 04-05-2006, 01:01 AM   #2
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I have never found an answer to any question I had in one of those 'Bible' books. It's probably ok to help get you up and running, but hen you're done with it. If you're serious about Debian, get The Debian System by Martin Krafft, and figure out how to get it up and running on your own.
Old 04-05-2006, 05:27 AM   #3
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the linux cookbook is quite a good book, while it is not a technical thing it concentrtes on doing everything form the command line, so it coveres thing like playsing mp3's from command lines, editing files and what not.

For more technical, how linux works is not too bad, it covers ettting up cambda shares and printing and numerous othert opics inluding comiling your own kernel.

by default debian comes with the gnome enviroment, but multiple others are available post install of the system.

I wouldnt say there is any benifit from having programming experiance when using the command line, the closest thing you will get is writing your own scripts and things, the day to day commabnd line tasks dont have things liek if commands and what not
Old 04-05-2006, 09:03 AM   #4
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Alright thanks for your advice it was really useful. Hopefully next time I post on this forum it will be with a Debian OS which I fully set up myself.

Alright thanks again


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