Where do I start?

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  1. Albert Linis

    Albert Linis New Member

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    I want to learn about linux, but, I do not know where to start. Can anyone help me on this?

  2. arochester

    arochester Well-Known Member

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    Just try it.

    You can try it without affecting your Hard Drive at all - as though it had never been in your computer. Look here:
    http://www.everydaylinuxuser.com/2012/09/5-ways-to-try-linux-without-messing-up.html and at the List of Live Distros - http://www.livecdlist.com/operating-system/linux

    You will get lots of people who will tell you to use x or y or z distros. At the end of the day it is your choice.

    Look here: http://m.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/best-linux-distro-five-we-recommend-1090058
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  3. dex

    dex New Member

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    New to Linux. Thank you. :)
  4. rstanley

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    In addition to a copy of Linux, installed on a hard disk, or run from a CD/DVD, or Flash Drive, you will need some Tutorials and Guides. You should check out, The Linux Documentation Project. (http://www.tldp.org/)

    You might want to start with, "Introduction to Linux, A Hands on Guide"
    (http://www.tldp.org/LDP/intro-linux/html/index.html)

    You will also need to learn, the Linux Command Line Interface, (or CLI), usually bash. You should read, "Bash Guide for Beginners".
    (http://www.tldp.org/LDP/Bash-Beginners-Guide/html/index.html)

    Don't be afraid of it! Bash is your friend! ;^) It might look like the DOS prompt you are familiar with, but that is where the similarity ends! Text based bash can and is more powerful than the Windows GUI!

    Don't be afraid to ask questions! You will never regret entering the Linux world! :)

    Enjoy!!!
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    MikeyD Active Member

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    Tutorials and places to find information are always key. Linux can have a steep learning curve for users especially if you're unfamiliar with the command line. Modern GNU/Linux distros have beautiful GUIs but I'd argue Linux is will always be more powerful at the command line so start working with a terminal to move files, open applications, etc.
    @rstanley posted a great link tldp is an excelletn resource. Here are a few other Linux guides/tutorials I've saved, most have been posted before, but always good to get out:

    http://www.linuxcommand.org/lc3_learning_the_shell.php - Good beginner command line tutorial

    http://bash.cyberciti.biz/guide/Main_Page - Shell scripting guide

    http://www.grymoire.com/Unix/index.html - Good reference for some of the nastier linux programs like sed awk and regular expression stuff. A little dated though.

    http://codewiki.wikidot.com/shell-script - Good place for references
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