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Old 07-01-2014, 05:11 PM   #1
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I have been foced to use Windows for many years and I have never liked it. I actually prefered DOS.
What is a good way to get started? I managed to download and install OpenOffice. I was a programmer for 20 years and would like to continue outside the Windows environment. What are the best compilers for Linux? C, C++, Pascal, Basic, etc. I do a lot of work with databases.

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Welcome to the Linux world.

It would be helpful to know what distro family you are working with and everyone out there has their favorite resources they recommend. For someone who is a command line junkie like myself, "The Linux Command Line" by William Shotts(creator of Gentoo) is a great first step. I have personally recommended this to a bunch of Linux "newbies" and after a week they are flying around the CLI and customizing their prompts and setting env variables to their liking.

My favorite part of this book is it helps to "unlearn" some of the bad habits Windows teaches us.

Also if you are wanting to look into compiling with Linux, gcc will be your friend. I'm not a big programmer but have used it to compile apps from source, etc..

EDIT: If you want a laugh coming from the Windows world take a look at the joke link in my sig. Its several years old but still makes me laugh.

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This is really opinion based. But for me in on ubuntu I use g++ and gcc for c and c++. I don't use pascal and basic sorry But on Linux you'll find a great language called python it is on windows but you have to install it. It's a script language though nocompiler is needed.
As for books to read and other resources. I can't recommend any sorry I learned by trail and error. Hope that helps

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The best way to learn how to use Linux is to use it. Pick something you want to learn to do (edit photographs with the GIMP, write documents, create a shared folder on your network, record a podcast for Hacker Public Radio, whatever) and do it.

There is a wealth of documentation at The Linux Documentation Project. Some of it is dated, but that doesn't mean it's out of date.

About dot com has a pretty good Linux site oriented towards new and intermediate users.

You can also find tutorials on YouTube, some better than others, by using the YouTube search feature.


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