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Old 12-26-2011, 07:34 PM   #1
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newbie -- aka, don't know nuttin about Linux, not nuttin

Been puttzin around with puters for 25 years and today is probably the second day I used Linux. Yesterday was spent gettin it to work on my computer. So as you can see I can be easily pointed in the wrong direction.

I am a 70 year old retired welder. I write in C, C++, HTML, Java, Flash, Visual Basic and a few others. So I hope this just expands my computing experiences.

OK, so what I need is Kinder Garden level tutorial sites to start visiting. Any input will be most appreciated.

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My first piece of advice would be "Don't give up" If you are coming from the MS Windows world, you are now entering a powerful world like one you've never known. MS Windows is "Consumer grade" and Linux is "Industrial grade" and as such can be intimidating. Starting out is like trying to bite the wall. You just can't find a place to start.

You have, in your computer much of what you need. For any command you want information on open a terminal and type man <command>. Google will also provide you with just about anything you want to know.

Get familiar with the command line. Either invoke a psudeo terminal in your Graphical User Interface (desktop) or press Ctrl-Alt-n where n is a number from 1 to 6. Each number will give you a different console in which to type commands or write source code.

Writing Bash scripts is a good place to start and the advanced bash scripting guide is a good reference. Google for it

To find out where stuff is on your hard drive, get familiar with the file hierarchy standard. Google for that, as well.

Good luck and remember...don't give up !!
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What are you running Larry?

Hard to recommend links for Kindergarden without knowing the Distro.

In the Meantime.

Happy New Year, Rok
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Old 12-28-2011, 12:19 PM   #5
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I am a current Welder(structural mostly). Not that that is relevant to my answer, other than the fact, you/we, are not alone.

I cant help but suggest google as being the number 1 resource for all things Linux, it is damn near a case of take what you want to do, punch it into google, and 99 spatter burns out of 100, there will be an answer in the 1st few results.

Some more information on what you are want to do with Linux, and what distro you are using, would make it easier to offer more relevant information.

FWIW, the links provided by other members are very useful to the beginner. As well are most Linux Beginner's guides floating about on-line.

Oh, and welcome...
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Here are some resources I've found useful. It's oriented to Ubuntu, but it's full of good info. Machtelt Garrels Intro to Linux. Slackware oriented, but excellent on the basics, such as file structure, permissions, and the like.


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