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Old 06-18-2004, 10:11 AM   #1
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Where to start? (apologies, I know this has to have been asked before)

If I am familiar (or at least *was* familiar) with unix as an operating environment from my time as a CS student, but I have never set up a linux machine, where should I start my journey of knowledge?

I don't mind reading stuff I already know (or perhaps have forgotten since school) to get to all the stuff I don't know. I have never really liked microsoft products and am finally in a position in my life where I have time to devote to learning linux and installing it on one or two computers as I build my home network.

Anyway, any recommendations on where to start, or even good web sites that have detailed information on how to do different common things: set up an emacs or vi editor, get the latest compilers, sample source code, programming ideas, tweaking suggestions.

Thanks in advance.
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and definitely Search LQ - as you you said, this question is asked over and over again. Do a search for FancyPiper - he has a thread with a huge number of links in it, many of which are good reading for new users.
Old 06-18-2004, 12:21 PM   #3
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i am in a similar position to yourself, and i am finding the linux from scratch thing to be very good for learning all about a linux system. Basically it sets out to help you build your own linux system from source with a pre existing install. Its actually quite a good read even if you're not going to do it
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i used Mandrake as my 1st
wel now i am using FreeBSD but i am still a newbie ^^
i think FreeBSD is the best


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