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amgn2l 04-10-2013 02:09 PM

New to Linux
I am just starting out in Linux and my goal is to become a sys admin. Any suggestions on where/how to start?

cortman 04-10-2013 02:27 PM

Learn the command line/bash.

JWJones 04-10-2013 02:31 PM

Get to know RedHat/CentOS and Debian. Throw in Slackware for good measure. Read this:

TroN-0074 04-10-2013 05:30 PM

Here the list of Operating Systems I think they are a most, If you become familiar with them you wont have any problem with any other.

Arch Linux
CentOS Linux
Debian Linux
FreeBSD <-------No Linux but is pretty good too
OpenSUSE Linux
SlackWare Linux

Good luck to you.

chrism01 04-10-2013 06:41 PM

You'll need these

You should install some kind of Linux at home and try it. Options are

1. dual boot with MS
2. full install ie Linux only on the system
3. use some kind of VM tech
4. use a LiveCD; basically it runs just from the CD/DVD, does not affect your HDD

kooru 04-11-2013 02:39 AM

Hi and welcome to LQ!
You can start here

Lilgamesh 04-11-2013 08:21 PM

install linux on hard drive
try to use as much as possibele

frankbell 04-11-2013 08:42 PM

The most important part of learning Linux is using it. The items the others have suggested are all valid, but a little general.

If you want to be a sysadmin, it's probably a good idea to learn your way around CentOS, with is a free spin of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). RHEL and CentOS are heavily used in the Enterprise. You could do this by installing it in VirtualBox or other virtualization software, if your computer has enough resources, which is also a good thing to get familiar with, since many enterprises use virtual machines. If you don't have a Linux computer, you can install any Linux distro in VirtualBox on Windows and even integrate it into your home network (that's another post).

As for further learning, learning is easier when it's fun. I would suggest that you pick out something you want to do, such as

* set up a home network.
* record a podcast.
* create a website.
* manage a blog.

or something else that strikes your interest, and do it with Linux. In the process of learning how to do that thing, you will learn more about Linux. Then move on to something else you want to do and learn more things.

Use the command line as much as possible, because, in the enterprise, many servers run "headless," that is, without a monitor, and are administered remotely via the command line, but don't be afraid to use GUI tools if you get stuck--get the job done, then go back and investigate the command line. They are administered via ssh and the command line.

That will give you a good foundation in the basics, so you can then move on to learning the stuff you have to learn.

I recommend this book as a great introduction: Machtelt Garrels's Intro to Linux.

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