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Old 03-03-2004, 02:34 PM   #1
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Where do I start

I'm new to Linux where do I start ???
Old 03-03-2004, 02:38 PM   #2
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This is a really uninformative post.

You need to tell us how far you have got: do you have a Linux Didtribution? Is it installed? Are you logged in? etc etc etc
Old 03-03-2004, 03:36 PM   #3
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I'm a total newbie also, and bought the Linux Bible - Fedora...I installed the Fedora distro, and while I haven't tried any others, I love it. From all I have read on these forums I don't think you can go wrong with Mandrake, SuSE or Fedora along with others, but so far I am really loving Fedora.

Just my humble (newbie) opinion...
Old 03-03-2004, 04:13 PM   #4
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If you are starting from "ground zero" I would recommend a trip to the mall [Walden books and/or Barnes & Noble] look for a Linux book you can begin to understand.

They almost always include CDs inside the cover. Look for Mandrake or Red Hat at least version 8.0 or 9.0.

You can also buy CDs here

for 99 but you will still need some sort of manual. Be sure the manual covers how to install the CDs.
Old 03-03-2004, 04:33 PM   #5
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I don't really know what you were asking in this thread, but if OldBob came close to your <question>? then I would suggest picking up some magazines Linux Format, Linux User, etc.. They usually have a lot of tutorials inside and the cd's tend to carry some nice software.
Old 03-03-2004, 04:53 PM   #6
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Start with 'Running Linux' - O'Reilly (distribution neutral book - good overview). Also handy to have 'Linux in a Nutshell' - O'Reilly. Some good beginners unix & VI/Emacs tutorials also exist on University web-sites. try a google search for these, and of course, this forum, for guidance on some of the more finer points of Linux tinkering
Old 03-03-2004, 08:35 PM   #7
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Sorry for the lack of information, I have Knoppix but I think I might have jumped the gun. I need to know the fundementals. I will take a look at the books you guys have suggested... If you guys know of anything else that might be useful please let me know.
Old 03-03-2004, 11:11 PM   #8
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A book that I have is "Sams - Teach yourself Red Hat Linux 8 in 24 hours".

It takes A LOT longer then 24 hours, but for $24 to $29 [I don't remember exactly] it includes a 2 CD set of Red Hat 8.0.
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You can start your "reading" here.
Old 03-04-2004, 04:34 AM   #10
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yea, hit the tutortials, is were i started, when i was a complete newb i pciked one of the harder distros, then whent to harder tehn that b4 going back to teh distro i origionaly picked (only cuse the other one dident go so well),

just keep in mind a few things
1) linux is a difrent OS , so you ahve to elarn almsot everything from sratch (i thought it was simualr to windows cuse of a screenshot i was, now im using the console most just cuse i like it best )
2) in order to find what you want to know, you must first know what your looking for (in other words, use linux, and when you run into a question or are curious, and this site will help ya out)
3) linux doesent suport everything (it suport most old hardware, newer ones sometimes theres no suport cuse the hardware people have some strange deals with MS, so they dont have linux suport
4) linux might be hard to learn cuse its not so restrictive as windows, once you learn it youll relize that you can customize almost everything


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