How to learn linux..?
Posted 04 November 2004 - 10:32 PM
well, im like totally newbie to .nix..
i havent even decided what .nix OS i want to install.
What Os do you recommend? Slackware? SuSE?... etc.
how can i best can learn using it (books or online resources).
any help would be strongly appreciated.
Posted 04 November 2004 - 10:46 PM
Posted 05 November 2004 - 12:07 AM
slackware is good suse etc.
for ease of use guided install
fedora, mandrake suse, xandros
for a bit more advanced
something like slackware and others
the biggest thing is will you have a windows partition as well and trying to keep windows on while playing around may teach you alot your going to have to be careful not mess up your windows partition if your keeping one
heres three that will get you learning and quickly
debian /you can go to ubuntu for easier install but all of the power bit dated software but excellent and stable
arch i686 optimized excellent fast and great support
gentoo never tried this but its supposed to be excellent
another one is yoper
i686 optimized as well and great packaging support
i686 is for pII and above and setting the kernel or having it optimized to that will make the system go fast.
ill toss in my experience with distros
gentoo is great but will take a while to build
debian stable yet a bit dated, but will teach you lot
arch, great easy package manangement optimized for i686
suse, easy friendly install, easy management
fedora, stable, easy install, easy update with apt, plenty of features
mandrake, okay but not my favorite
slackware very stable
and if you need any help this is a great place to come
Posted 05 November 2004 - 05:02 AM
I guess the best advice is, BE SURE TO BACK UP YOUR VALUABLE WINDOWS FILES BEFORE PARTITIONING AND INSTALLING LINUX! That way, you can break things and learn from your mistakes.
As far as distos go, I would say start off with either SuSE or Ubuntu. I've been playing around with the Ubuntu live CD for a few days now, and it is VERY easy to learn, is sparse and uncomplicated, yet is Debian-Morphix-Knoppix, so you have access to apt-get, which is an extremely easy way to install one of thousands of packages from the Debian repositories.
I'd try the Ubuntu live cd first, just to see how you might like Linux. Then if you think it's something you want to install to your hard drive, go with Ubuntu or SuSE. Both are easy and intuitive to install and use.
Posted 05 November 2004 - 10:32 AM
What I think of the current SimplyMEPIS is here:http://mepislovers.com/modules/weblog/details.php?blog_id=10
Posted 05 November 2004 - 04:43 PM
Hi Jim. Just the other day, I used one of your posts at Mepis to help out someone over at LinuxForums set up a dual boot between Blag and Mepis. It was the one explaining why you can no longer make a Mepis boot disk after RC4.
Good to know you're still checking in with us!