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Old 12-07-2003, 05:06 AM   #1
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Teach me

I just want to learn, give me links to things i should know. Anything goes, just give me information, my goal is to be a "power user" more or less before next semester at school. I am also open to sugestions on any books or anything i should read? I am interested in how linux works not just how to operate in a GUI or how to follow someones directions on how to do stuff. Thank you a ton in advance.

Also if there are any books you sugest reading give me the name of them as well.
Old 12-07-2003, 05:28 AM   #2
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I was just reading this one:

Old 12-07-2003, 07:47 AM   #3
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RUTE is pretty comprehensive.

This question has been asked a number of times, do a Search.

If you buy SUSE 9.0 Professional, you get a very detailed book covering all sorts of things. Your first step should be to install a distro - Mandrake, SUSE, RedHat and now Fedora are all very newbie friendly.
Old 12-07-2003, 07:54 AM   #4
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info about GNU/Linux

Hi Alucard9.

The most important thing is to get comfortable with the command line.
When you don't know how to use a command line app, type: app --help
(replace "app" with the name of the app obviously) and if this doesn't give you enough information, type 'info app' to see the manual for that tool. The 'info' manual reader isn't very nice, but the documentation for GNU software is excellent, so just get used to info. GNU Emacs has a nicer info viewer, if you don't use emacs already, you might want to give it a try. I've listed the basics on this webpage:

To learn about the history of GNU/Linux, you could read "Free as in Freedom" by Sam Williams. This is a biography of Richard Stallman, the guy that created the operating system. It's available online here:

And if you're using Debian, you can view the Debian user/administrator manual here:
(most of this info will be useful with other distros too.)

Finally, to learn about why the operating system exists, you can read about the GNU philosophy here:
Old 12-07-2003, 09:29 AM   #5
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Don't forget to stop by the Linux Documentation Project website ( ).
Old 12-07-2003, 10:16 AM   #6
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Well, you can always try the good ol standby:

or for some books:

or check out my sig below, and welcome to the wonderfull world of linux.


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