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By jrojas71 ·
I want to delve right into Linux Server. However, I am totally inexperienced with Linux.
1) Does Linux server loads as a GUI, or strictly Text?
If it's text, what would be an excellent source for learning all the text based commands, that I would need to work with Linux?

2) What is the difference between BASH, and VI ? They are both text editors right?

I'm Eager, but Confused.

Thank You,

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by Stillatit In reply to Linux Newbie

1. Yes. Either way depending on what you set up.
2. bash is a command shell. vi is a text editor.

Go to your local large bookstore or hit Amazon.com. There are tons of basic books on Linux, which cover everything lightly. There are also specificbooks on bash and vi.

Start with an EASY, ENTRY-LEVEL book. If you can find one in a bookstore, read a chapter in the store to make sure that you are comfortable with the style. If not, find a different one. (If you won't read it, buying it doesyou no good.)

If you plan to become reasonably good, plan on reading no less than 2000 pages. If you plan to become an expert, once you master the basic stuff you will be buying specific books on each topic as you run into it.

Have fun! (It is.)

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by jrojas71 In reply to Linux Newbie

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by jrojas71 In reply to Linux Newbie

Thanks for the quick response.
I've heard that O'Reilly is a good publisher for technical matters. Do you agree?

Thanks Again

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by alexpufhal In reply to Linux Newbie

Linux by it's nature is a multiple user operating system. You can start it in console mode or graphical depending on what you intend to do.

Personally, if I'm doing scripting and administration work, it's in graphical mode, word processing or other general functions is graphical. I like KDE, a new person would probably prefer GNOME since it's a windows like system.

BASH is the Bourne Again Shell, a varient of the old Bourne shell. It is a command interperter much like command.com was.

Vi is a text editor. You might like Jed or Jove or one of the other replacements better until you get used to vi, vi however is the professional line editor, it is akin to EDLIN.

You're most likely thinking of Emacs which is also a text editor. You can do everything but brew coffee with emacs, take the time to learn it.

As for places to learn commands, UNIX for Dummies is a good start, Systems Administrator handbook is more advanced but useful. Mandreakeuser.org has a lot of good information even if you have a different distribution.

Read the man pages, they'll go over your head at first but keep plugging away at them.

Also remember to do as little as possible as root until you know what you're doing.

ORA is good, I like QUE as well. Also don't forget sites like the Linux Documentation Project.

Linuxnewbie.com is an outstanding site. Linuxnewbie.org is ok, but it's commerically done and not as helpful.

Hope that helps, please let me know if you need morehelp of any kind.

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by jrojas71 In reply to Linux Newbie

Thanks, for your helpful info.

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