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Old 12-28-2012, 12:41 PM   #1
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Need Guidance on Linux


Hello Everybody,

I want to enter in Linux world. I have not worked much on it but have always heard about Linux and wanted to build my whole career in Linux. Is this the correct path ?
I am about to start studying Linux administration. Is it the correct decision?
Right now I am in MS Windows troubleshooting but Linux has always attracted me for years. I do not know why?
Need help and guidance from the folks so I can start with full strength.
How tough it is to get in?

Finally, I am happy about my first blog here.

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Old 12-28-2012, 01:10 PM   #2
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All you need to do is download a Linux base operating system in ISO form, burn it on a CD and boot your computer from that CD, play around with it. try to do common things you would normally do in a computer session and if you like the distro install it in the bare metal of your computer so you dont have to run it from the CD all the time.

When running an OS from the CD keep in mind that some applications might not be available to you, like Flashplayer, MP3 support, or any multimedia codecs. These require that you have your operating system fully installed in order to get them. Unless you are testing Linux Mint with codecs from the liveCD, and few other distros also offer them from the install CD.

Keep also in mind a live session will be a little slow. since you are running the OS from the disk and not from the hard drive at this point.

Some distros for you to try perhaps

Linux Mint-----------> http://linuxmint.com/
ubuntu --------------> www.ubuntu.com
OpenSuse ------------> http://www.opensuse.org/en/
fedora --------------> http://fedoraproject.org/

There are more but for now that should be good to get you started

They are all good and cost nothing so get them all and try them all. Make sure your computer meet the requirement to run them, a pentium computer with 1 GB of ram will be fine to run them.
Good luck to you!
 
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:38 PM   #3
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Hi!

Welcome to Linux Questions!

When I was new to Linux like you the first distribution I installed and tried was Ububtu.
It's a good distro for beginners. Think you'll like it-

Here is a video of Ubuntu so you can see for yourself-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RGZrDiz7uo

Here's the page for the Ubuntu download:
http://www.ubuntu.com/download

Here is a video of Fedora 17
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztKuKAjeKF0

I use Fedora and it is very nice; avinashanand1; but you will have to read the Fedora documentation to get to know your operating system. Same with Ubuntu. The documentation is very helpful.

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How tough it is to get in?
Do you mean get into our group as a Moderator; or get into the Linux Administrative Professional field?

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Need help and guidance from the folks so I can start with full strength.
Starting with full strength is good but what specifically do you need guidance on?
 
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:48 PM   #4
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Here are some useful references. The About dot com one, in particular, is oriented towards new and intermediate users and might be a good place to start:

http://linux.about.com/. It's oriented to Ubuntu, but it's full of good info.

http://tille.garrels.be/training/tldp/. Machtelt Garrels's Intro to Linux.

http://www.slackbook.org/. Slackware oriented, but excellent on the basics, such as file structure, permissions, and the like.
 
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:00 PM   #5
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do some reading ( studying )
try out a few disrtos
from both the RPM and DEB camps
RHEL VS. Debian

see what YOU like

Unlike MS Windows there is a VERY BIG choice of Operating Systems , one might ever say there is "to much" of a choice .
 
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:52 AM   #6
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I recommend the following site
http://distrowatch.com/
http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major
it will help you choosing the distribution suitable for you.
 
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:12 AM   #7
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Linux Mint is excellent for beginners
note that linux mint 13 has LTS (long term support) which is 5 years..
the same for ubuntu 12.04 LTS
fedora is updated every year
Debian and its forum are not suitable for a beginner.
Arch linux , Slackware and Gentoo are for advanced users.
There are distributions which are based on another distributions like Pinguy OS which is based on Linux Mint both are suitable for beginners.Both of theة contain multimedia codecs, Flash and Java plugins out-of-the-box even if you are booting from the livecd.But this is against Linux Philosophy.
You may also buy proprietary books
http://www.amazon.com/Linux-Beginner...rds=linux+mint
http://www.amazon.com/Ubuntu-Made-Ea...+project+based
http://www.amazon.com/Linux-Bible-Ch...e+2012+edition

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Old 12-29-2012, 03:37 AM   #8
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one problem I had when learning linux is understanding processor and hardware architectures like i686 x86 x64 .. so please if any member has useful information about this topic this is the most suitable place
you have to know which architecture your have ..if you don't choose anything 32-bit..but I recommend confirming my request on this thread
I am not a computer engineer nor a graduated form computer science so the area of hardware is quite vague for me.any help about processor architecture is welcome.. thanks a lot for your patience.

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Old 12-29-2012, 02:28 PM   #9
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Lightbulb Thank You

They are all good and cost nothing so get them all and try them all. Make sure your computer meet the requirement to run them, a pentium computer with 1 GB of ram will be fine to run them.
Good luck to you![/QUOTE]


+++Thank You for the assistance. I hope I will do good.
 
Old 12-29-2012, 02:40 PM   #10
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Hi Ztcoracat,

Quote:
Do you mean get into our group as a Moderator; or get into the Linux Administrative Professional field?

Thank you for the reply.
I want to get into the Linux Administration professionally.
 
Old 12-29-2012, 02:44 PM   #11
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IMHO...

Go to your Library and get some basic Linux certification books.

Start with Fedora as it is based off of Red Hat, which is what you will most likely be working with in the field.

Do not start with Ubuntu because it is "beginner friendly", as you are not looking to be a beginner.
 
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:51 PM   #12
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Do not start with Ubuntu because it is "beginner friendly", as you are not looking to be a beginner.
Best advice given so far in this thread. If you have the right aptitude, you will thrive on the challenges that beginners abhor. Face it; if everything 'just works', what will you learn? If this makes no sense to you, then ask why you think a career as a Linux admin sounds attractive.

--- rod.
 
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:31 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by avinashanand1 View Post
Hi Ztcoracat,




Thank you for the reply.
I want to get into the Linux Administration professionally.
Cool; in that case you can do a few things.
You can go to your local College or University and make arrangements to go through the Red Had Certification.
There are a few different types of this certification so you'll have to decide which you prefer.

The Linux Foundation offers online courses and they train you themselves.
http://go.linuxfoundation.org/linux-...FUid4AodAyIAUw
Or you can go and look at this website as well.
http://www.linuxfoundation.org/linux-training

http://www.redhat.com/training/certifications/rhcsa/
Here is a list of some of our members that have gone through this process. You can learn from these threads as well.http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...archid=5634348

Also, in some cases your employer will pay for your Linux Certification-
Not sure if that's your case but you could ask your HR Director or General Manager-

We also have a Job Market here at LQ!
http://jobs.linuxquestions.org/

I wish you the best!
 
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:27 PM   #14
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am a NON-Technical user...

welcome avinashanand1

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Right now I am in MS Windows troubleshooting but Linux has always attracted me for years. I do not know why?



Linux, working the kernel, certainly offers a good career pathway, regardless of where you start in linux it is a world of learning :-)


Knowing how MS worked helps, yet likely confuse given different approaches.



Whichever linux version you start with, it shall depend only on your ability to accept linux as new, not understood, with your ability to cope from time to time with mistakes causing confusion.


IF possible try several versions, suggest like self stick to first which immediately allows you to keep it updated AND carry on with your usual daily online tasks, without total confusion.



Your learning will follow, perhaps taking you to different versions.
 
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:26 AM   #15
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Hi linuxpokernut,


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Go to your Library and get some basic Linux certification books.
Thank You for the reply, I just started reading , If you have a good ebook , please send me the link.


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Do not start with Ubuntu because it is "beginner friendly", as you are not looking to be a beginner.
I installed Ubuntu few days back before you suggested me Fedora.
Thanks for the recommendation.
 
  


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