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Old 01-24-2006, 01:47 AM   #1
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Question Please Explain All About Linux

Am new to linux and i would like to know how the whole system works.

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Is this a question?
If it is it is the most ridiculous one I've heard in a while. You cannot expect one of us to tell you all that. Linux is an operating system with multiple levels of complexity. It would take years to write it all down! I am not trying to be an ass, but really, buy a book already...

I would suggest "Running Linux" by Matt Welsh et al [O'Reilly]
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Good for you, Lillian. Good luck. The average linux-user still feels he/she's a n00b after a couple of years. So have patience and read up a lot and I'm sure you will achieve your goal
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Well, after you get to know someone for a while. if when you talk to them you feel like there are butterflies flapping all around in your tummy...
Old 01-24-2006, 05:53 AM   #6
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Read for example the Rute tutorial, it will give you masses of information about your Linux system and ask again if you have special questions while reading. Your question is way to broad, as it has been stated already by others.

Rute tutorial:
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Originally Posted by Lillian
Am new to linux and i would like to know how the whole system works.

As you can see, no-one is going to do that quite so easily.
Start by getting one of the free distributions and playing with it.

REALLY easy way to start: Get one of the "live-CD" versions--eg Knoppix. eg, buy a copy of Linux Format--complete with a CD or DVD--which usually includes a free Linux distribution.
Old 01-24-2006, 09:15 AM   #8
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Try to use the Debian Live CD. Or download an iso image from To me I find Debian very easy. I'm using it two months ago. I'm happy with it. And sure you'll feel the same.

Most of its configurations and settings are manually done. And this is what makes it beautiful.

Welcome to the club and have fun.
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The thing with Debian (good or bad depends on perspective) is that stable (sarge) freezes it's package versions, that is to say that using the official repos with apt-get you won't get new versions of software, just bug/security fixes to existing ones. I use it on a file server as i have all the apps on there i need, it doesn't have to do much at all.

If you are learning software and playing around with it, or using as a general desktop, i would probably suggest the others simply because of the reason above (Debian is still a great distro though.

I use Fedora core and it has served me excellently so far, however with the approach of FC 5 i am looking for one with a longer life cycle.
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I can't help but wonder if Lillian isn't asking us to do a homework assignment. . .
Old 01-24-2006, 12:14 PM   #11
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I can't help but wonder if Lillian isn't asking us to do a homework assignment. . .
But what kind of sick twisted teacher would create an assignment to answer that question
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Linux is not Windows.. best I could come up with on short notice...
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I think the correct answer for this assignment is: quite well! thank you

More seriously, a good starting point for reading:
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A rather vague question, isn't it?

"What is Linux all about"? The short answer: What you make of it. GNU/Linux is made to tinker with, change, and configure to your hearts content. It is a non-commercial (mostly) OS that YOU take charge of.

You don't like the way your program works? Under GPL, you can take the source code, change it as you see fit, and make it do as you want. You don't have to take only what is given to you. You can add to it, subtract from it, change the kernel itself to work with only the hardware and software you have, not what some commitee in a faraway place thinks you should have. GNU/Linux is a flexible/changable OS that is different for every distibution, and every distro is different for every user.

GNU/Linux is choice. You choose what you want to run. You choose the type of desktop enviornment you want. You choose if you want a certain service to be working. You choose what extras you want installed.

GNU/Linux is a alternative to Big Brother telling you that "That's the way it is". You see a security hole, let others know. The original devteam will probably have a fix for it soon. If you try that with the big OS's, they hem and haw, delay, them implement something after a long wait that causes more problems. Why? Because their names aren't on the programs. If a GPL programmer did that, the word will get around. This is the OS that scares the commercial guys, because it works, and nobody owns it.

Best advise was what was previously posted. Get a copy and install it. Try it. If you don't like it, change it. If you do like it, change it anyways. Let others know. Most of all, have fun with it.
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If you want to know how the system works, assuming you know something about computers and the C language, download the latest kernel full version and read the source code at
That way you will know how the system works.
Actually you will see that it is more than 250 Mo of code and that makes a lot of stuff to read.
Maybe you are not interested in everything and you can ask for something more specific and we will be able to help you more on this.

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