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Learning Unix/Linux

vijay chennupati

Joined: Jun 06, 2006
Posts: 9

I am a novice in Unix/Linux. I know a little about them. All the time I am stuck with windows. I have installed Ubuntu. Can anybody guide to a right place where I can learn Unix/Linux (Good sources on the net or some books)and start playing with it.

Thanks in Advance


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vijay chennupati

Joined: Jun 06, 2006
Posts: 9
looking for a start. can anybody help me.
Dan Patterson

Joined: Jan 27, 2005
Posts: 24
This should help.

vijay chennupati

Joined: Jun 06, 2006
Posts: 9
thanks dan. thats a pretty good site for me to start. I will start posting again if i get any doubt.
Sanjaya Sugiarto
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Check this out: http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/lpi/101.html?S_TACT=105AGX64&S_CMP=LINUXLPBB


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Mr. C Lamont Gilbert
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Joined: Oct 05, 2001
Posts: 1170

what do you want to use it for? I find the best way to learn is to dive in and go. If you want it as a desktop, then just make the change and fight through the learning curve. If you are not using it daily, you wont learn it very well.
vijay chennupati

Joined: Jun 06, 2006
Posts: 9
thanks Sanjaya Sugiarto for your information.
vijay chennupati

Joined: Jun 06, 2006
Posts: 9

My main problem is I have been using it three months. If I had some problems I used to google it and fix it without knowing what i am doing (thats what I hated about me). So finally thought there should be some starting point googling fixing problems seemed ridiculous to me. By the way I want use my system both as server and desktop. The first thing I have done is wiped out my Windows.


Maya Sharma

Joined: Jul 05, 2006
Posts: 6
Hi all...

I am novice too..For my next assignment I need to use Linux. Can anybody ellaborate meaning of - 'Linux as a production platform' for me?

Also..I am jus reading thru stuff and articles...will this help me..as one of our rancher friends pointed ..its difficult to get hang of linux if u r not working on it..!

Timothy Sam
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Joined: Sep 18, 2005
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When learning Linux

- You have to browse through pages of texts(documents)
- Screem for help(but be nice) in forums(such as this), IRC's and Mailing lists
- You really start with nothing and sometimes just learn something by accident

right now, what I can suggest is stick to this forums, try to get an IRC that you could join(prepare to be fried), and join a mailing list. Think of something you want to accomplish like how do I make my ethernet driver work, how I can change my available screen resolutions and how do I make CLI do things I want it to do like displaying the amount of space you have in human readable form.

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vijay chennupati

Joined: Jun 06, 2006
Posts: 9
thanks sam. I am just side tracked a bit for SCDJWS now back to linux.
Peter Rooke
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Joined: Oct 21, 2004
Posts: 801

"Linux as a production platform", mainly because Linux (and UNIX) offers reliability [IMHO].

Back office systems can benefit from being deployed on Linux / UNIX, and quite a few systems (databases, webservers) do. Linux is open source, so it offers a cost advantage (well it is free, but support costs can be higher.. - no such thing as a free lunch).

Regards Pete
Stefan Wagner
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Joined: Jun 02, 2003
Posts: 1923

Specific to ubuntu, there is much more traffic here:


a local place might be found here:



Ben Souther

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I liked this online book enough to buy the hard copy:

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George Stoianov
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Joined: Jan 15, 2006
Posts: 94
I started with Linux just 3 years ago. The learning curve was a pain and revalation at the same type ... I absolutely love Linux now I am paying money just to use it.

The first thing it will teach you is how little you really know about computers coming from Windows that is, the second how much more computers can do and the third and most important that there are so many possibilities and you can have so much fun flipping your's and other people's perceptions around and you don't need a Ph. D. and 25 years of experience and/or dads permission to break it reassemble it and change it --- those things will eventually get you addicted to it.

Choosing how to learn it is a lot about what type of a learner are you do you do best when you 1) throw yourself in deep and slowly but painfully get running - that for me is the only way... if yes then download and install it and slowly forbid yourself to use the old programs you used to use. Believe it or not Linux has everything and 1000 times more for FREE and it interoperates with Windows.

The human brain needs exercise to stay alive to much open windows and currents are not good just kidding .... or am I

2) or do you slowly emerse yourself into the reality of using it and gain comfort before you start running - if yes get a book, you are lucky today there are many books for Linux all kinds Amazon.

One thing I wanted to mention is that if you absolutely hate browsing the internet in search for answers you may end up hating the whole experience I am not a very happy browser myself but a healthy those of that is absolutely essential as Linux is ever changing and driven by a community of people and their ideas ... which are best found on the internet irc, forums, groups etc.. Most forums will expect you did your part and searched before making extensive efforts to help you, even thought I find people are kind and would but do not abuse it!! ... remember it is not 400/hour for support it is free

here is a list of links you may find helpful:
www.distowatch.com a list of many linux distributions and versions and ratings.
www.linuxjorunal.com - an excellent magazine with articles, opinions and how to's on linux.
www.opensuse.org - an excellent Linux distribution that can be easily installed for a dual boot with windows and will resize your windows partition automatically and best of all it is all graphical so you don't have to know all those unix commands )
http://tldp.org/ - the Linux documentation project.

Good luck!
vijay chennupati

Joined: Jun 06, 2006
Posts: 9
thanks george thats a long reply but kind of hint for all newbies. your list rocks
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