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Old 12-15-2006, 04:21 PM   #1
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Really Really basic!

I do not know how much I need to learn, but I am unable to understand even the most basic comments. Especially when abreviations are given. I know very little DOS but it was all I needed. I have several PCs on three I have installed many different Distros, Mandriva, Mandrake,linspire, Freespire, Sabayon, Berry etc.etc. I eventually managed without really knowing what I am doing, to get Two PCs working wirelessly with wpa-tkip and even installed Realplayer. I cannot use the same technique on any two machines, and I cannot find a really helpful list of which commands I can use ie apt-get, or wget, or examples of the syntax that I can understand. Where is the best place to start?
Old 12-15-2006, 04:59 PM   #2
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its always good to check out the documentation. say you want to learn about debian, go here:
on that page is also documentation for using apt. very handy im sure.

hope it helps
Old 12-15-2006, 05:10 PM   #3
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Just type help and a list of commands will be printed. Also browsing through /bin, /sbin, /usr/bin, /usr/sbin, and other directories. Then use man to figure what the program is and does. I suggest spending a hour to know what the programs does that is installed in your distribution.

When using any OS, you have to be curious and you have to explore.
Old 12-15-2006, 05:21 PM   #4
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Hi remlapsirhc,

If you haven't been there already, may I suggest this link:

I found suggestions there a helpfull for using Linux Questions as a resource.

In fact the title bar link to "Tutorials" will lead you to this and other
useful information. But to your question.

Generally, coming from a windows or dos background you have a large amount to learn.
Recall that linux is aimed at being a freely available "Unix-Like" system,
and Unix has grown and developed over time since the Ninteen-Seventies...(30+yrs).
Fortunately, you won't need to know all of it at once.
Since you already have working distributions installed, your're
well on the road. As has been suggested on LQ before, be prepared to read,
read, read.

There are several books available at your local Public Library or for sale at
bookstores that you may find helpful, but to get your own
list going, try reading this thread:

Also, if you go all the way to the bottom of the thread, you'll
find a list of similar threads.

Google is your friend here. Unlike other operating systems the
beginning problem with linux for me was not a lack of information,
but rather so many and such diverse viewpoints leading to the same solution
that it was bewildering at first. But hang in there
it's just a learning curve
Old 12-16-2006, 02:11 PM   #5
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Thumbs up Thank You All

I am very greatful for all your suggestions. I will have to decide how far I want to take it. I tried my local library - UH! UH! One book no help there. I was able to get one system going because googling the question with Ubuntu on took me to some very useful step by step, cut and paste jobs (for ubuntu 6.10 only of course). Which explains my original comment 'without really knowing what I was doing.' Why can't they all do the same or haven't I found them yet? Thank you all for your help.

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