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Old 05-14-2005, 11:58 AM   #1
Jose Santos
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New on Linux. How to learn ?

Hello everyone.

Maybe i am to dummy to start leaning now, but i relly like challenges..

1 - i think i made my first post on the wrong forun and i am correcting now (General - i have seen the rules). Sorry

2 - I also think Linux is a MUST . i am delighted with the all environment and trying to deal this challenge

Finally, i dont really know how to start working.

for instances, my printer is not set properly (HP 7660) . My webcam CREATIVE doesn't work . My sound speakers don't "speak".... when i try to print something there is a lot of confusion and nothing comes out, unless the print test page....When i send an e-mail ( i am from Portugal) there are a lot of words that are cut.... Simple things for the experts, but for a beginner.........

i want to give up from Windows , that's for shure....

Can anybody help me on my task ?

From where should i begin? Do i have to buy a book and start reading ? I want in the near future could be able to answer some posts of people like me that are giving their frts steps in this great LINUX and enjoy this great comunity and working on LINUX

Old 05-14-2005, 12:05 PM   #2
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Moved: This thread is more suitable in Linux-Newbie and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.

For me, I found the best way to learn was to do. So I installed a distro and started using it. You could also check out our Book Review section, O'Reilly and others do a lot of books for the new user.
Old 05-15-2005, 01:51 AM   #3
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linux pocket guide is also a good book by o'reily
Old 05-15-2005, 08:37 AM   #4
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Something that others didn't say yet; here! and tons of other places on line. Here is a quick list.

loads of linux links
Lots of links for linux
google linux
The best search engine ever (the lInux verison)
Linux software equivlents of Windows software
Not 100% up to date but still a decent refrence
my personal bookmarks
Really messy but I have most all of my Linux links there (give it a shot)

I've also found the the O'reilly book Running Linux is a great refrence, some parts can be a bit advanced but still a great refrence.

P.S. Sorry but I dno't have any refrences in Portoguise, but you seem to speak good english so you should be fine!

Old 05-15-2005, 10:08 AM   #5
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Trial and error. Make backups!
Old 05-15-2005, 04:25 PM   #6
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Todays recommendation is...
Old 05-15-2005, 05:13 PM   #7
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I started with Linux For Dummies

I also bought "Moving to Linux"

Then I started downloading and burning different LIVECDs to find out which distro I liked best.

Once you find a distro that you like read ALL of the documentation available for it.

The tutorials here and the HOWTOs at The Linux Documentation Project are a big help as well.

The best thing to do is to just try to figure it out. Once you start playing around you will find that things are not as difficult as you thought they were. I lost count of how many times I did reinstalls when I first started out.

The most important thing is to have fun.
Old 05-15-2005, 06:31 PM   #8
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Mugstar, fantastic website you have pointed out to lean about command. Very well written and easy to follow for beginners like me.

Old 05-15-2005, 07:51 PM   #9
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You can't! I've had linux for about 3 months now, and I've been learning at an agonizingly slow pace until recently, when I wiped my HD and started anew a few days ago. I've gotten a lot done, mostly because I've actually been concentrating, using a ton of google, doing things very methodically, not doing anything without understanding, and pretty much just spending all the time I used to spend half-heartedly and randomly in a focused and concentrated state. The more you do, the more you accomplish!
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"Getting Started with Linux"

Good intro to Linux.
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the Linux Newbie Administrator Guide can be very useful, too.
Old 05-21-2005, 03:41 AM   #12
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Thank you very much all the people that spent a bit of their time trying to help me.

your advices were very greatful to me and folloewd step by step each of them

Thanks again


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