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Nardu 01-29-2017 10:52 PM

need a fast track
 
So, welcome to me, from myself. I recently started a job where I need to learn Linux as well as teach. so far so good, but any favourite learning materials, youtube vids and the like are always welcome. If you are the hints and tips for starters type of person, please add
PS: very sad I only got to the Linux world now

AwesomeMachine 01-29-2017 11:24 PM

Hi nardu,

Welcome to LQ!

Talking about learning Linux is like thinking of history as the entire history of the world. It's better if you narrow the scope a bit. I'm not aware of any good general Linux tutorials, because the ones that there are are not based on what you really need to know.

In example, I once actually once purchased SuSE Linux so I could get the instruction book. Never did I find what I was looking for in the book. I have thought about writing a beginners guide, and maybe there are some good ones I haven't seen, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.

However, some useful things are: the 'apropos' command. The 'man' command. The file system hierarchy (FSH). The 'locate' command. The 'grep' command. Imagine you want to find a file, or even if it is present. Locate file will find the file.

Imagine your getting some message, but you don't really know what it means. You can use grep 'message' /etc/* to search the entire /etc directory for that message. I'll let you discover the apropos command for yourself.

Studying for Linux is kind of like studying how to take a shower and get ready for work. You just have to do it. The more you do it the better you'll be at it. When I first started with Linux I had two identical hard drives.

I used the dd command to write one drive to the other. Then, when I inevitably wrecked the system, I'd write the copy back to the boot drive and begin again. That way I wasn't afraid of permanently wrecking anything.

In time I gained independence from my 'dd' training wheels. I also learned that learning Linux goes at a certain maximum speed above which I experienced diminishing returns. So, I don't know which elements of Linux you want to learn, just do it fearlessly!

Nardu 01-30-2017 12:25 AM

@AwesomeMachine, Appreciate the input.
Those are all part of RHEL CSA course, really useful enablers - the video course is super good for beginners

I will make sure to target a server to build and deal with it as a single project - sounds like a solid game plan

AwesomeMachine 01-30-2017 12:59 AM

Certification courses intentionally DON'T tell you the easy way, because you learn more by looking around for what you need. I'd rather just do it the easy way!


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