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Old 12-05-2003, 12:33 PM   #1
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Where I work, we have about 300 PC's all running WinXP or Win2k. We have 4 main Linux servers. Where is the place to go to get started to learn about Linux. I have no idea of what it is and how to use it. I watched one of the servers boot up yesterday and it wasn't a gui os. I thought Linux was gui. I need to find the ultimate newbie resource. Any ideas?
 
Old 12-05-2003, 12:42 PM   #2
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To easily begin to use Linux at home try the run-from CD no hard drive installation Knoppix CD.
www.knoppix.org
To learn command line, find a good site.
http://gd.tuwien.ac.at/linuxcommand.org/
 
Old 12-05-2003, 12:43 PM   #3
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www.tldp.org
www.google.com/linux

Linux does have a gui, but its common not to run it or even have it installed on a server as it would just be wasting valuable resources.

Try just searching around though, google is your friend as well. Many sites out on the net to read up on Linux.
 
Old 12-05-2003, 12:46 PM   #4
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Most of the sites I've looked at aren't very basic. I don't know what a kernel is but I know it doesn't have anything to do with fried chicken. That's about all I know. So there are 2 versions, a command line version and a gui version?

Sorry and thanks for puttin up with a newbie
 
Old 12-05-2003, 12:49 PM   #5
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Originally posted by AtariFX
Most of the sites I've looked at aren't very basic. I don't know what a kernel is but I know it doesn't have anything to do with fried chicken. That's about all I know. So there are 2 versions, a command line version and a gui version?

Sorry and thanks for puttin up with a newbie
No, they aren't referred to as versions.

There are different distributions who put the OS together for use, then there are different GUI's you can use, desktops, window managers, packages, applications, and so on.

Go read and search, it will all come to make sense.

Also check out sites like www.linux.com as they have tutorials of "what is Linux?" and so on...
 
Old 12-05-2003, 12:54 PM   #6
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Any good newbie books? A lot of sites are trying to sell me things.
 
Old 12-05-2003, 01:01 PM   #7
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Start here: http://www.linux.org/docs/beginner/index.html
 
Old 12-05-2003, 03:23 PM   #8
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Last question b/c it sounds like you're getting frustrated. Which version should a newbie start with?
 
Old 12-05-2003, 03:29 PM   #9
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Last question b/c it sounds like you're getting frustrated. Which version should a newbie start with?
Check our distro forum, there are stickies with links to help newcomers decide what distro to start off with, etc.

Also you can check our reviews section for members reviews on the different distro's.

PS. I'm not getting frustrated, your just asking alot of questions that there are already answers to out there that a little searching would find. regards.
 
Old 12-05-2003, 03:31 PM   #10
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No frustration.

Try Knoppix as suggested above. If your PC can boot from CD, then you can burn a complete system on a CD-R, pop it in your computer and try it without installing anything to your hard disk.

BTW: Have you ever used Windows 3.1? If you have, remember that you first started DOS. Then you could get into the GUI by typing 'win'. That's how the GUI in Linux works.

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