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bfwissel 03-07-2005 12:09 PM

Frustrated Developer Seeking Better Solutions
I've been developing with Microsoft products for some time now, and I've come to realize I really don't care for their expensive, buggy products. I'm checking out Linux (and the whole open source community) as a less expensive, better supported option. While I'm yet to be convinced that this movement is a viable replacement of Microsoft's monopoly suites, I'm drawn to its Romantic ideals. I must admit my UNIX skills are a little shaky (I've really only mastered the basic shell commands and the vi editor), so I'm hoping this forum can help guide me to the proper resources and solutions to common issues until I've caught up. I look forward to working (and someday contributing) to the movement once I've got my feet wet a bit... Ben....

P.S. I've started with "Linux for Dummies" (rev. 5) as well as a PHP/MySQL book in the same series, but I would appreciate any other suggested material.

XavierP 03-07-2005 12:15 PM

Hi and welcome to LQ :D In my sig block (and in my bookmarks) there is a link to RUTE. Many a user has started with that. Also check The Linux Documentation Project.

Gecko 03-09-2005 08:53 AM

BF, what are you coding with? What exactly are you looking for?

There is a wealth of information, and the best way to get up to speed is to start using tools and apps and asking questions. My bet is you'll be more productive than Windows within 3 months.

bfwissel 03-11-2005 03:36 PM

My goal as a developer is to get involved in the open souce community to get some open source solutions to my company's business needs. Ultimately, I'd also like to do my own development at home using LAMP to create business solutions for myself. In theory, some day I will again serve my own webpages from a PC at home (this time legally since it's not from a pirated version of Windows IIS). Then maybe I could tinker with creating solutions for small businesses in the area as a new career path away from working for a big corporation. One can dream :-). That is why I'm starting with basic Linux resources and PHP/Apache books. Any other reading that might help me live "the dream" would be awesome. Thanks... Ben....

Randall Slack 03-16-2005 05:10 PM

Hi Wissel,

just read your post and i'm even greener then you in the world of linux and just like you i've started on reading myself silly on everything i can get.
I've been advised (for what it's worth) to try out slackware when it comes to learning gnu/linux, so i've decided to do just that.
I cant send any links yet within this post, cause of the 5 posts rule, but i will post them this weekend on the project page i've started working on (link is in my signature) which is basically trying to accomplish the same as you.
I'll be trying to document my learning experience in combination with this forum this way, hoping it will be any help for other beginners over here, and get some much needed help along the way myself.
So i've you're looking for practice please feel free to contribute and think along.



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