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Old 05-25-2004, 08:20 AM   #1
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What are some Newbie essential Linux tools?

As I am just getting going here, I was wondering if some people could list some essential Linux tools/programs that they use everyday and that other new Linux users can use and research. I was just reading up on Apt-get. (I understand that some choices are personal depending on what you do). I am just looking for a general list.

Old 05-25-2004, 08:54 AM   #2
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well, apt-get is distro specific. What distro are you running? I'm going to take a guess that you are running Debian or some variant of it

I always recommend newbies start out with KDE and learn the CLI (Command Line Interface) through a Konsole. Try to avoid relying on programs with a GUI for configuration for too long - You are missing the beauty of Linux that way (extreme tweakability and configuration).

Learn a CLI text editor, such as vi(m) or emacs. You could also use Pico I guess, but I have no experience with it (I'm a vim user).

Don't know what else I can offer. Enjoy Linux - it's a great OS once you really get a feel for it


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