Learning Linux

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by sylux92, Nov 25, 2007.

  1. sylux92

    sylux92 GBAtemp Fan

    Apr 15, 2007
    United States
    Any tips for a linux newb? Im learning linux (Ubuntu). Any different distro's that anybody can recommend? I really dont know a lot about it. except for how to set up internet. I also know some basic terminal commands. Any tips for Ubuntu itself or terminal would be apprecitaed.
  2. notnarb

    notnarb Not narbing it up

    Jun 18, 2007
    don't be intimidated by terminal, if you are trying to do anything serious you are probably following instructions in a guide, which probably just gives you code to copy and paste. Theres only a couple commands you need to know:

    cd moves you to the folder you specify, just open up the folder you want to go to and click the button to the left of the folder location to change it to a text output that you can just paste after cd.

    sh runs that file (needed for ATI propriety drivers for example)

    also, any code that returns an error saying that you don't have the permissions to run something add "sudo" to the beginning. Unlike 99% of things asking for a password, it doesn't actually show you inputing anything, but it does keep track of it so just insert your PW and hit enter

    But for the most part, Ubuntu is self explanitory
  3. xalphax

    xalphax Internet killed the Ponystar.

    Nov 18, 2006
    i can recommend SUSE linux for beginners, its very easy and self explaining.

    also there is The Linux Documentation Project:


    have fun!
  4. arctic_flame

    arctic_flame GBAtemp ATMEGA8 Fan

    Nov 4, 2006
    England land
    How can one "learn" Linux?

    It's really not much different if you're using a newb-friendly package-managed distro.
    I personally chose Ubuntu a while ago as a dev environment, and use the same software that I would on windows for menial tasks (Firefox, OpenOffice) so there was no "Learning" to do. Anything you don't know will be on the ubuntu wiki and official forums.
  5. phoood

    phoood taking it to a whole new level.

    Jul 28, 2006
    United States
    Really, just use it. If you need to do something specific, find out what to do.
  6. Infinitus

    Infinitus GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 20, 2007
    United States
    Be happy that you actually got it to work.

    I need a new HD stat. One that Vista did NOT mess up.
  7. Saylient_Dreams

    Saylient_Dreams GBAtemp Fan

    Jul 11, 2007
    United States
    I choose Ubuntu. I don't think there's any straight forward tutorial you can really follow, just use the thing. With Windows I didn't really read a manual how to use it, you just kinda just got the hang of it. If you needed to find something, go to the net and see how its done, then it stays in your head. That's what I'm trying to do with Ubuntu, and I'm getting the hang of it, if Ubuntu just support my tablet.
  8. living-ghost

    living-ghost Advanced Member

    Dec 13, 2006
    Kitchener, Ontario
    Most of the learning I accomplished with linux was when I was playing around with it as a server.

    Right now I have an old P3 running a web, dns, mail, dhcp, mysql and ftp

    Mostly because I can and having a personal server comes in handy for numerous things.

    So I would say if you want to "learn linux" grab and old box and install ubuntu server. Then start setting stuff up directly from the command line.