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Old 09-19-2008, 04:51 PM   #1
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Question (Un)Rank(ed) Beginner!

Well, finally, here I first foray into he World of Linux...I feel I've just alighted from a train, in a brand-new Town, and am quite anxious to start at the very beginning!!! But, where-oh-where is the ultimate beginning? Right now, I'm just getting frustrated, because it seems that nothing is working from the examples in the many many books I've been reading, and I'm just getting more and more frustrated. So, in a desperate attempt to find the correct way (sounds Zen-like) I am!
Now, where to begin...or to phrase this as a question:
Help! Where does one really start in Linux?
I've installed Ubuntu 8.04 in a Toshiba Satellite M55 computre, with a 120Gb HD and 1Gb RAM, and a 512Mb Swap file. It's working terrifically, but even so, I want to understand what the System is, has, does....egads, so much to learn, so I'm hoping the Gurus swamp me with good
I'm off to see....
Old 09-19-2008, 05:28 PM   #2
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You ask yourself:
"Where does one really start in Linux?"

I can ask you:
"Where does one really start in ......?"

To be more precise, if i asked you:
"Where does one really start in Windows?"

What would you answer?

I think most of it depends on you personal needs,
What do YOU want do do with your system.
(as Micro$soft said)
"Where do you want to go today?"

Old 09-19-2008, 05:43 PM   #3
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You can start with:

man boot

When you get to the part about run scripts you can enjoy reading:

man bash

That takes you through the basics of UNIX (sysv type) startup.

Other things like network settings and so on depends on the distribution; even if the same tools are used, they're often put in different directories and invoked by different configuration scripts.


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