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Old 09-16-2003, 12:50 AM   #1
Registered: Jun 2003
Location: Cebu City, Philippines
Distribution: Red Hat 5.2, 7.0
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Question Practically Newbie questions

Hi everyone,

As my subject indicates, im practically a newbie to Linux.
Although im not completely newbie to linux, coz i already
installed one to my own PC with dual boot , 1 for Windows
2k and 1 for Red Hat Linux 7.2 but that's with a help from
my friend who happens to be so very busy now. I already know
the basic commands like listing, copying, viewing in vi editor,
changing rights etc. I want to move higher on my skills on
Linux and my question is, in your own experience (those
with ample/longer experience out there would really of big help
on this) using the internet what are the sites that help you
most in moving up the ladder, im talking of internet sites coz book wise it practically will entail cost in which unfortunately coming
from this part of the world (Philippines) that hurts a lot on your
daily budget/earnings. Or if you know good books out there
that might help on moving up the ladder it will do as long it is not
that expensive say less than or equal 20$ dollars worth (or around 1,000 Philippines Peso here).

With the experience or knowledge that i will gain i will use
it on our own system here in our office. We are using 2 server
for Internet using Linux, the 1st the Mail/Web Server using Linux 5.2 and other 1 as proxy server Linux 7.0 all Red Hat Linux. You might say, hey u have a Linux already, maybe you have that experience already, actually when i came in it was already set up, and the one who suppose to train me is not here in the Philippines, he's gone abroad. So i have the enormous task knowing as much as i could from this system. Now i want to upgrade it myself this system say to Red Hat Linux 7.3 or 8.0 and unfortunately there are already users that are on this servers, some of them are dial in via our router Cisco 2500. Now would it be easy to migrate everything to a new server, that is, bringing all the users and their attach file (emails etc.) to the new server?
The 1st server its Linux is quite old (Red Hat 5.2) would it be easy to migrate to higher version? Since all our users are there already.

Another thing, we have our own website when i first came in
it works fine, but later on the pages could not be accessed.
It says the page cannot be displayed. How could i load again the web pages to our website or how could i set up our websites again? Do you know any website that provide help on this?

All your suggestions and help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance everyone.
God bless.
Old 09-16-2003, 01:11 AM   #2
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Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition

Check out the link section of, too
Old 09-16-2003, 01:14 AM   #3
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A good start will always be the online documentation on RedHat. You can read it online or dnload it here:
Old 09-16-2003, 01:14 AM   #4
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imho, this site (linuxquestions) is one of the best linux sites on the internet to learn from. just hang around here for a while and read and read and read, and search the archives for your specific issues, and you will learn a lot w/out even asking questions.

many people recommend the Rute Tutorial as one of the best all-in-one source, which is online for free. also great are the linux documentation project and the linux newbie administrator guide. gl
Old 09-16-2003, 02:30 AM   #5
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Thank you very much for the quick response to all of you.
The Rute tutorial is a new find for me and it looks very good
for beginners like me.

Again many thanks.
And this is also means ill be asking you questions from
time to time with you guys. :-)
Old 09-16-2003, 04:55 AM   #6
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I will echo that the Rute tutorial is excellent.

There are quite a few ebooks in either pdf or html formats available on the internet. O'Reilly and Hungry Minds are two publishers that come to mind. You can find these through file sharing programs like eMule.

Not all of these are licensed copies so make sure what you do is legal.

A tip. You have asked three questions: on information sources, on migrating to a new server and on web server management. Two of these subjects are not really suitable for a newbie forum. You will have a much better chance of receiving answers if you ask separate questions on the proper forums.

Old 09-16-2003, 01:11 PM   #7
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The systems you mentioned have known security holes.

If you are not already patched up to date for these holes, you should definitely consider using the up2date service to patch your Red Hat 7 system immediately.

Up2date does not support 5.2, but I believe you can still get patches via ftp from

You will be hacked if you do not keep your patchlevels up.
Old 09-16-2003, 01:30 PM   #8
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echo what everyone else said - read rute's beginning to end, and reading posts here is invaluable (especially in that you see what happens when things *don't* work like you expect them to)

also be sure to visit - the amount of high-quality (free) information there is amazing.

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