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Old 10-21-2010, 11:26 PM   #1
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Question New to Linux and want to find out the best way to get started

Attempted to learn Linux before but didnít use it at my job. So, itís kind of like anything else, you ether use it or lose it. Although I have messed around and read a book or two, I still consider myself a rookie.

Therefore, this time I am serious enough about that I am going to install it as my primary operating system. This way itís sink or swim.
From a system administration point of view, what variant of Linux would I see most out in the field? I also, wanted to see if anyone had any recommendations about the best way to learn Linux and what variant to start with.

What I was thinking was starting with Linux Enterprise 5.5. Then maybe Suse or Unbantu I hear is getting very popular recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Old 10-21-2010, 11:54 PM   #2
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I can understand your state of mind.Nice to see your urge to learn and zest for Linux.
First of all I would suggest you to Not to go for RHEL5 if you dont have Licensed version,instead go for Centos-5.

You can try even Scientific Linux (SL).

The base SL distribution is basically Enterprise Linux, recompiled from source.

Follow this link and configure each and every thing mentioned in this link:

This link covers most of the practical aspects most of the system admins do in there day to day task.

Few other good links are:

You can also refer LQ's

Also refer some books like Linux Bible,Linux Complete.

You can also go for some certification like RHCE,Ubuntu Professional Certification,LPI,Novel Certification for Linux.

At times going for certification helps as for most of the companies certification is must.

So follow this and you will succeed.

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Old 10-22-2010, 01:07 AM   #3
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"Different strokes for different folks", as they say. Your question has been asked 73 gazillion times on this forum (and others too). What distro you use is really down to (a) what your precise needs are and (b) your taste. In my opinion the best way to decide is to get some live CD's and try two or three different systems and stick with the one that suits you. Above all ....
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whatever distro you use, start with dual booting.
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heavily depends on your style,

for example I prefer more aggressive learning style so I started with slackware, LFS and Fedora with SElinux. Which is demanding but rewarding.

You can also go with something easier like ubuntu & win dual boot.

Really depends on how much time you have to spend,
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Yeah, to see a choice, head on over to and try a few LiveCD versions before doing an install.
For commercial equiv, go with Centos (free version of RHEL); includes updates but not support.
Doing a dual-boot system initially is a good idea unless you've got a separate computer for Linux.
See also

Old 10-22-2010, 02:10 AM   #7
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Hi there

I recommend you try out a few distros first to get a feel of what you're comfortable with. Many distros come with a Live CD so you won't have to wipe out whatever OS you're currently running.

Check out where you'll find the top used distros - for a beginner I recommend you try out Ubuntu, Mint and maybe Fedora if you want to get a feel of different variants.

If you really want to go with a RHEL variant I recommend CentOS which is free and is a clone of RHEL. As per other posts, either dual booting or running a Live CD first would be a good idea; whilst you're finding your feet with the distro you're most comfortable with. Good Luck


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