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Old 05-03-2006, 04:40 PM   #1
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New to Debian/Ubuntu/Linux

Hey everybody,

I am new to all of this like I said. I have a little bit of experience on linux with the Ubuntu 5.10 breezy distro. But I want to learn more on my own. I have looked at the Debian site, but all the manuals are tons of pages long with no good way to download them all at the same time.

Is there a good and free source for a manual on Debian, or more general Linux, that is just one PDF? or maybe one ZIP type file that can be downloaded? Id just go bye a book, but $50+ $ is out of the budget for now.

Anyway, thanks to any that has advice. I really appreciate it.

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What are you interested in? There are lots of docs, but reading them would take you a year or so Take as an example.
Old 05-03-2006, 04:49 PM   #3
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Actually this is just the sort of thing I was looking for. I just needed a couple of "books" that I could sit down and read. Thank you Mara.

Old 05-03-2006, 04:50 PM   #4
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Well to start with there's the Debian Reference Card (available in many many languages I might add... )

And if you look at the Debian Documentation Page most of the manuals and faqs are available for download in pdf, postscript, Plain text or viewable online in HTML format..

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Old 05-03-2006, 06:33 PM   #5
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..and I get to be the first one on this thread to recommend Rute
Old 05-03-2006, 06:56 PM   #6
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I've found that the best way to learn is to just dive right in. Worst case you trash your system and then you get to learn a great deal while fixing it.

Worked for me anyway.
Old 05-03-2006, 10:47 PM   #7
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If you want to dl debian docs:

wget -v -r -k

Will dl the whole directory, all subdirectories, all files.
Old 05-04-2006, 01:07 AM   #8
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How to learn Linux:
1 Use it--try things, push buttons, experiment
2 Get stuck--ask questions on forums--return to step 1
3 Read some tutorials and return to step 1
4 Buy "Linux in a Nutshell" (O'Reilly)---when you get tired of reading, return to step 1

The point?? Learn mainly by actually doing--Dont start with books because it will be hard to relate to anything if you haven't already tried a few things.
Old 05-04-2006, 02:09 AM   #9
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consensus seems to be you'll get nowhere without getting your hands dirty, so go ahead and bork your system then fix it, oh and don't forget the golden rule "backup backup backup"!
have fun
Old 05-04-2006, 02:25 AM   #10
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I am also new to Linux. After many attempts to install, I finally achieved success with Ubuntu. I now have the Hedgehound, Breezy,KDE Breezy, and the Drake loaded on my Compaq. The first install went well, but I am unable to update the Hedgehound. The other versions work OK.

The error message is that user is not in sudoers file. I found an answer in this forum about signing in as a single user and modifying the sudoers file. I accomplished adding user to the file. How do I reset the permissions?

I tried to change the permissions and that's when the file rebelled. I have not been able to recreate the proper permissions to make adept run. So I am still not able to install the updates.

The man pages on the sudo haven't helped. I also purchased "Linux Complete".

I know I am overlooking something, besides my lack of knowlege.
Old 05-04-2006, 02:35 AM   #11
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This should be a separate thread, don't try to hijack this one!
Are you saying your multiple booting various versions of ubuntu? Are you mad?


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