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Old 01-24-2011, 10:14 PM   #1
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Starting to learn Linux

I am starting to dive into Linux after being a Microsoft geek for years. Where is the best place to start?
Old 01-24-2011, 10:24 PM   #2
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Depends on why you want to learn.

Red Pill: Because you want to learn something new and interesting and different? Go here.
Blue Pill: Because "Microsoft Sux!"? Then right this way...
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These may help
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Does not matter where you start. I downloaded my first distro, got curious about others, started out with idea of programming, ended up getting side tracked by the /proc directory and all it's info. Then web servers now getting to migrate to a terminal only setup.

There are many things that will get you interested if you like working with computers.
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Where to start depends a lot on what you want to do.

If you want to be a sponge (and there is nothing wrong with wanting to learn as much as you can about something new) and soak up all the information you can, here are some good basic references.

About dot com's intro to Linux. It's oriented to Ubuntu, but the information is solid.

The Slackbook. It's Slackware-oriented, so it's very good on basics, such as permissions, file structure, and the like.

Garrels's Introduction to Linux. Extremely detailed and very thorough. I read it all the way through and have a copy on my bookshelf.

If you are looking at Linux as a user, don't get too distracted by detailed descriptions of esoteric commands. Learn the commands you need, especially the Linux equivalents of common DOS/Windows commands; the rest you can learn as you need them.

Welcome to Linux. It's different from Windows; there is a learning curve, and I have realized that, ultimately, it's easier and more reliable than Windows.

And there's no registry. That alone is worth the ride.
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If you stuck in a choice, then you're not alone. But some day you will do your next step, and nobody can tell you if this is right for you or not. Only you. But nobody says step back is not possible.
You can try different Live distros to see which one is better for you and your hardware.

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Thanks to everyone that replied. All of your information was a lot of help.


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