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Old 11-11-2011, 04:16 AM   #1
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I currently use Ubuntu Linux but would like to learn as much about Linux as possible in order to be helpful to those who are skeptical about this OS. Were should I start? and who should I contact?
Old 11-11-2011, 04:22 AM   #2
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Ok what does the thread title have to do with the post?

What specifically do you want to learn?
Scripting? -
Beginners general commandline stuff? -
General Linux? -
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Old 11-11-2011, 04:30 AM   #3
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Hey there!

Well, you could spread the word around, but, be somewhat cautious. Linux is quite technical, most people will/may not be able to fully grab the concept.
As for the "home front "(you, that is) there is a ton of stuff out there, but as in all (any) needle-and-haystack situations, the question is : where to find what you need...
Here's where a forum like this comes in, where links and info are exchanged freely (the Linux way, by the way). One great site to kick off with, is the Linux Documentation project...
And, finally, the best teachers are Time and Practice. If you can spare a dedicated box, play with it, mess stuff up and try to repair it. Maybe a distro that is bleeding edge, but not completely stable is called for, Fedora is a good example...I learned the ropes on that one, before I moved to Arch Linux.

There is no script/roadmap for this as such, it all boils down to your enthousiam, really!

Welcome to the pack!


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Old 11-11-2011, 07:53 AM   #4
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I wouldn't mind about skeptics, "to each his own". But! each his own
Old 11-11-2011, 08:20 AM   #5
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There are a LOT of places to learn about linux. Where to look for information largely depends on exactly what information you're looking for.
Experience is probably the best teacher - just use linux, find ways to do things other than clicking icons. Edit config files, use the command line, if you get into trouble or don't know what to do, google and the forums have a huge amount of information available to those who know what they're looking for.

On ubuntu a good place to start might be the docs.

As for helping skeptics - just be available to help install and run, show them how to do whatever they need to do, and try not to get aggressive about getting people to convert. If they don't want to use linux, you can't make them.

Another recommendation I have, once you get comfortable with the command line, give Slackware a try. It's not exactly friendly to inexperienced users, but to do anything on slackware requires you to know a bit about linux. I've learned more using Slackware than I ever did on other distros I used.

Oh, and podcasts are your friend: Going linux, The GNU world order, Linux Realities(old but still useful), and many other pod/ogg/audio-casts exist with linux as the topic, and you can pick up quite a bit of information from them.
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