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Unix or Linux - which to learn and which resources ?

Rahul Sudip Bose
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Which one should i learn ?
Please suggest some good beginner level books for unix and linux.

Thanks.


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Linux because it is free and you can install it on your machine. The commands are similar across UNIX/Linux implementations so unless you are planning to become a UNIX admin, it doesn't matter which you choose.


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Rahul Sudip Bose
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Linux because it is free and you can install it on your machine. The commands are similar across UNIX/Linux implementations so unless you are planning to become a UNIX admin, it doesn't matter which you choose.


I was suggested unix here

Bear Bibeault wrote:Installing cygwin on a Windows machine can help give you a flavor of the Unix command line.

Without knowledge of development using the Unix command line, you put yourself well behind the eight ball when it comes to job prospects.


Which one of the two OS would be better in terms of :
(1) Quantity and quality of learning resources available.
(2) Need in industry
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Please actually read what I wrote. I said that you need familiarity with the Unix command line. Any flavor of Unix, including Linux and even OS X, will give you that.


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Rahul Sudip Bose
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Bear Bibeault wrote:Please actually read what I wrote. I said that you need familiarity with the Unix command line. Any flavor of Unix, including Linux and even OS X, will give you that.


Ok.
(1)Can you suggest some beginner level books for Linux ?

(2)Which flavour of linux would be best for a beginner (i have ubuntu, but i rarely use it) ?

(3)Can i experience unix-like interface on ubuntu linux (which is GUI based) -> the black screens and only typing commands ?

Thanks.
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Ubuntu is fine and since you have it installed, that is perfect. If you got applications > accessibility > terminal, you get the command line view. Just stay within that and you are command line only. Many UNIX systems let you open a GUI view; it's just not the default.

The last time I read a UNIX book was about 8 years ago, so I'll pass on recommending one.
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote: If you got applications > accessibility > terminal, you get the command line view. Just stay within that and you are command line only.

Or invoke Alt+F2 and enter gnome-terminal.
I have found ubuntu well documented with lots of resources on the net, including their own forums
If you google around, you can get many useful results like this or this


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Rahul Sudip Bose wrote:
Bear Bibeault wrote:Please actually read what I wrote. I said that you need familiarity with the Unix command line. Any flavor of Unix, including Linux and even OS X, will give you that.


Ok.
(1)Can you suggest some beginner level books for Linux ?

(2)Which flavour of linux would be best for a beginner (i have ubuntu, but i rarely use it) ?

(3)Can i experience unix-like interface on ubuntu linux (which is GUI based) -> the black screens and only typing commands ?

Thanks.


Ubuntu is good. I found Linux in a Nutshell to be a good reference.

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You could also download emulators for Windows like cygwin, msys, etc to practice your UNIX commands within Windows. For books, go to amazon.com and do a search, browse through the sample pages, and check review comments.


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