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Hello Friends
I am a J2EE Java Developer with very good experience working in NT, Because most of my work circles around NT i did not get much hands on in UNIX platform. But investment banks ask for UNIX/Perl/Oracle experience as a must.
I have basic knowledge of Unix/Linux but want to become very good in Shell
scripting using VI ,so I can do day to day banking back office jobs using shell scripting.
I have a laptop with XP on it right now.
Options
1.Whether to experience dual boot in the same laptop or have XP/Linux..
If so which is the best version and easiest version to do and instal and get into using the linux quickly?

Or
2.Is it advisable to get a free shell account and start practicing straight away.?

Confused looking into amazon about which book to buy for Linux or Unix
Shell Scripting?

Classic Shell Scripting?
Linux Shell Scripting with Bash?
Mastering Unix Shell Scripting?
Linux in a NutShell or Running Linux?

Please any comments would be greatly appreciated. I am very keen to get into Shell scripting to use for database or file related applications??

Thanks
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I haven't done a lot of comparison (other than with older versions of RedHat) but I found Fedora to be very easy to install.

If you're undecided about books, look for some online ones that you can read before buying.
I like this one a lot:
http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz
 
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Thank you very much for your advice. Can fedora be on a dual boot I mean fedora be installed in another partition on existing Win XP>
 
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Yes,
I think my home PC is still a dual boot.
It was at one time.
It's been over a year since I've rebooted it so I don't remember if I kept the Windows partition on it when I upgraded Fedora.

The new "Grub" loader makes it easier to set up than LILO did in the past.
 
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Other alternatives are Knoppix (boots off a CD so you don't have to repartition your hard drive) and Cygwin.

Cygwin is "Linux under Windows", so you can shell-script to your heart's content without having to reboot at all. The only thing that's not totallu Unix-like is occasional cases where the difference between delimiters is important (mostly use of ";" and ":").
 
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Originally posted by Ben Souther:
It's been over a year since I've rebooted it



Don't you just love *nix - there is a story that in a Sun office in the UK a partition wall was taken down at the back of a machine room - behind the wall there was an old SPARCstation under two inches of dust - uptime was over three years and it was still serving the web site it was running.
 
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Yea, I've heard that someone, somewhere actually wrote a de-frag tool for Linux filesystems..
I don't what it's called or where you would get it.
Not sure why it was written, exactly.
I've never heard of anyone actually using it.
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Tim hit my *nix favorites: Knoppix and Cygwin. As for shell scripting, the Linux Documentation Project has a huge Bash Scripting Guide.
 
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