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New to UNIX

By it_isgr8 ·
I am a beg?nner in the use of the LINUX Platform. I need help on resources that are required for beginnnnnnnnnnnnnnners!!!!!!!!!

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Resources

by jon In reply to New to UNIX

If it's a book you're after, "Running Linux" is good: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/runlinux5/

Any of the O'Reilly books are pretty good tbh.

It's very much a hands-on thing, so get yourself an old machine (or learn to dual-boot), get a copy of Ubuntu, and read the Ubuntu guide:
http://help.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/desktopguide/C/index.html

Hope this gets you started

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Or use VM Ware player - FREE

by edward.kerr In reply to New to UNIX

Get the free VM Player from http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Install - easy(!)

Then go to http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/appliances/directory/cat/45
and choose a VM image - suggest Ubuntu 6.n or SUSE 10.n

Depending on what you choose, you may need to use a Bit Torrent client - try microtorrent from http://www.utorrent.com/

My experience is that these bit torrents can take days to download!

The great thing about a VM is that you can copy the files before you play around, so yo have a roll back!

Have fun learning this way - I do

Ed
www.stratlab.co.uk

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Or you can contact a Linux User Group

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to New to UNIX

In your area by looking up the list here

http://www.linux.org/groups/

Depending on the Distro of Linux that you are using they may have their own Users Group or Help Forum as well.

Col

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Best for beginers

by Ploober In reply to Or you can contact a Linu ...

I would sugest getting Suse 10.1, it is by far the most friendly and flexable Linux distro,plus it has many bundled aplications that will please any ex-windows user. Otherwise there places like www.linuxprinting.org and www.linuxquestions.org that helped me alot when I converted.
Long live TuX!

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Excellent recommendation to Beginner

by scashwell In reply to Best for beginers

SuSe (Novell release) is our main COE - also using MySQL,
KDE and mail-web server capabilities. What is your
experience regarding hardware requirements? We use a
quad-Xeno svr with 4GB ram and 2.5TB SCSI arrays. Been
good so far - there are 28 users.

Tis week we are installing Kubuntu for both the MAC
Intels and PowerPC machines - just to try out. Have you
explored other flavors?

regards, Skip

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I have found huge amounts of forums for specific UNIX flavors

by DanLM In reply to New to UNIX

These were all free, and what I did when i first started using FreeBSD was join these forums. I then just started watching conversations about specific questions people posted to get an idea what could be done. There also is huge amounts of tutorials on the web for free that I am constantly using both for general Unix and specific to Unix operating systems.

At this point, here are my questions for you.
1). Have you installed the os yet?
2). Do you plan to set it up with a GUI desktop like windows use, or something like?
3). Do you want to learn Unix from the ground up(command line) or do you want a point and click(windows style environment).
4). What do you want to use your UNIX machine for?? A server(file server), a desk top, a firewall between the Internet and all of your other machines?

Good luck though, I love my Unix file server. But, I also still use windows too.

Based on the answers to these questions helps with finding specific resources to help you learn. I know thats alot to ask, but please understand. There are different types of Unix, they each have their quirks. Unix has some really good strong points with specific use's(file server, firewall).

If you haven't installed the os yet, do you know the Unix os you want to install?

Dan

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UNIX Beginnnnnnnnnnner

by it_isgr8 In reply to I have found huge amounts ...

Hi,

Thing is the job i've been offered will require me to use the UNIX OS.Before i start i need to get aquainted with UNIX.i am starting work in january 07.i am about to install Linux (Fedora) on my desktop.so before do that am lookin for resources (tutorials and downloads).is fedora good for this purpose..

Will appreciate further help.

Thanx........

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Quick and easy way

by Tig2 In reply to UNIX Beginnnnnnnnnnner

Create a Puppy Linux CD. Boot from the CD. You will find yourself in a Puppy session. From there, open a terminal window (command line) and do whatever you need to do.

The beauty is that when you close the session, your original OS is untouched. While Puppy can be configured to surf the net- has a browser built in- you might want to just take notes on questions you have and be able to use something familiar to ask questions and get answers.

Because Puppy doesn't touch the base machine- runs completely in RAM- you don't have to worry about doing anything to screw up the machine. It is the perfect playground.

Give it a try. At the worst, you will be out a CD... unless you do as I have and put it on a thumb drive. If you hate it, wipe it out and start with another distro.

Also- get a copy of Unix for Dummies. I have both Unix for and Linux (Red Hat) for and use them constantly. And don't forget that you can "man" anything. From the command line, man plus any command will take you to the "man" or manual page about that command.

I have used Unix on and off for more years than I care to admit to. Once you are familiar with the commands, it is a great and very powerful tool. I think you will enjoy your experience.

Congrats on the job and your willingness to do whatever you have to do to be successful. I wish you all the best!

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UNIX Beginnnnnnnnnnner

by it_isgr8 In reply to I have found huge amounts ...

Hi Dan,

Thing is the job i've been offered will require me to use the UNIX OS.Before i start i need to get aquainted with UNIX.i am starting work in january 07.i am about to install Linux (Fedora) on my desktop.so before do that am lookin for resources (tutorials and downloads).is fedora good for this purpose..

Will appreciate further help.

Thanx........

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Fedora is basically a Beta of

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to UNIX Beginnnnnnnnnnner

Red Hat Enterprise Edition. And is Linux not Unix so there are a few differences.

Depending on what it is you will be actually working on there could be massive differences as Unix & Linux are different things and while similar in some ways are different in other.

Even in the Different Unix's there is a range of differences so without knowing more of what you are attempting to do it's hard to say.

Col

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