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    New to Linux

    Hello Everyone

    I have been a Windows user for almost ever, In the last few months I decided to try and learn it on my own and have been using Ubuntu and have to say I love it, I want to learn it and I am a associate graduate in networking administration and currently taking my bachelors as we speak in the same area, problem is the school does not teach Linux at all and that is fin what I have learn have been on my own, but I need more experience and have noticed many jobs I have been applying for want people to know Linux servers as for a company view what Linux Server NOS do they most use. What would be the best Linux versions to learn I want to learn tyhe Linux Server NOS software but I need to know which ones would be the best to learn. Also what good training sites and what good books are out there to learn.

    I want to learn Linux starting at the bottom and work up any suggestions on what to learn first than 2nd 3rd etc. Please let me know.

    Any good websites would really help


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    Administrator jayd512's Avatar
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    Feb 2008
    Hello and Welcome!

    To be honest, for just learning and practice purposes, any Linux Distro will do for now.
    The first thing you'll want to be familiar with, though, is the filesystem and directory hierarchy. General usage and reading forums such as this one will help you with that.
    Also, learn to use the command line. This should get you started, if you haven't seen it yet: Learn the Linux command line. Write shell scripts.
    Learning a little about creating a script will help: Bash scripting Tutorial

    Hope that helps. I'm sure others will chime in with some tips, as well.

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    Hello dale6676!

    Welcome to the forums!

    Although there are quite a lot of materials available over the internet, I personally have learned much as I tinkered with my own system Broke it. Had it fixed through advises from members of this forums.

    Should you encounter any issues with your system, feel free to drop by with a question. People here are generally friendly and generous when it comes to giving a helping hand.


    Linux User #489667

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    Join Date
    May 2004
    arch linux
    Hello and welcome!

    The best way to learn about Linux (in my opinion) is to install it and use it. Any of the top 5 or 6 distros listed in the 'page hits ranking chart' found at should be a good place to start. If for some reason you think you will be unable to learn about Linux without having formal training, just google "linux training" for mounds of links to training sites. Plenty of Linux books can also be found with some google searching, many of them free, downloadable e-books.

    Good luck to you with Linux and your efforts to learn about it!

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    Linux Engineer MASONTX's Avatar
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    May 2010
    Mason Texas
    Welcome to the forum. Good luck with your studies.
    Registered Linux user #526930

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    Since you are using Ubuntu

    Ubuntu Geek*|*Free Books

    Full Circle Magazine

    All downloadable. All free to use. More than enough info to get you on your way.

    Happy trails, Rok
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