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Old 08-03-2010, 08:25 PM   #1
whbrownnc
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Looking for a good "Getting Started" resource...


Would like to create a dual boot Windows XP Pro/Linux image on a Dell Dimension 2350, 2.3GHz, 1GB, 120GB HD (circa 2003).

Heard that Ubuntu is a good beginners flavor of Linux.
Can you point me to a good, step by step, "new to Linux", path to getting up and running? (Ubuntu or otherwise).

I am comfortable at the command line, know enough AIS to get by (not an SA, but with direction could do lower level configuration),

...and I can be taught.
 
Old 08-03-2010, 09:00 PM   #2
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Stuff that helped me, in addition to LQ itself (I'll limit myself to a few items):

Good general intro: http://linux.about.com/

Garrell's Introduction to Linux. This book helped me tremendously. It's a longer book, but readable. I printed it out and still have a copy on my bookshelf.

Although it is oriented towards Slackware, the Slackbook is a good basic primer: Slackware Linux Essentials. I actually purchased a copy from the Slackware Store.

I started with Slackware and found a lot of help in the Slackware newsgroup, alt.os.linux.slackware. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend alt.os.linux.ubuntu--the signal to noise ratio is too high.

I also found googling to be very helpful, especially when I added "slackware" or "linux" to the search string (or, for my ubuntu box, "ubuntu").
 
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:16 PM   #3
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Dual Boot Ubuntu and Windows - Community Ubuntu Documentation
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WindowsDualBoot

Switching to Ubuntu from Windows - Community Ubuntu Documentation
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Sw...tu/FromWindows

InstallingSoftware - Community Ubuntu Documentation
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/InstallingSoftware

Applications - Community Ubuntu Documentation
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Applications

Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference
http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/index_main.html

Ubuntu:Lucid -
http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:Lucid
 
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:33 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by whbrownnc View Post
Ubuntu
http://ubuntu-manual.org/

All the links from craigevil are awesome too, but you may just want to start at:

https://help.ubuntu.com

Another recommendable course of action is to purchase a copy of The Official Ubuntu Book 5th Edition. Yes it costs money, but it does include a neat DVD with all the varieties of Ubuntu and sometimes it is worthwhile to have a paper manual next to you when learning.
 
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Old 08-04-2010, 02:30 AM   #5
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Thank you...

Huge thanks for the helpful replies... I'm sure I'll have many questions as I go. This is a great start.
 
Old 08-04-2010, 11:06 AM   #6
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A Complete Beginner's Manual for Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx), Free Ubuntu Manual Project Guide
http://lockergnome.tradepub.com/free/w_ubun01/
 
Old 08-04-2010, 01:18 PM   #7
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Here are 2 more excellent sites for getting started with Ubuntu:
http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/
And for dual booting with Windows:
http://members.iinet.net/~herman546/
 
  


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