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Hello everyone! My name is Jesse I am 23 and live in MD. Did 5 years in the Marine Corps as an information system specialist (pretty name for help desk ...
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    Hello everyone!

    My name is Jesse I am 23 and live in MD. Did 5 years in the Marine Corps as an information system specialist (pretty name for help desk basically) and currently work as a Support Desk Specialist (another pretty name) at InforMed Health Care solutions in Annapolis.

    I have some knowledge of Linux as two of the servers we administered ran on redhat. I have no formal training and haven't really played with it since I got out in May.

    I am looking to learn more and kind of want to start from the beginning to make sure I really understand it as best as possible. I hope to find the help and information I need on this site. Thanks for having me.

    Jesse

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    Welcome to the forum. Glad to have you with us.
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    Thank you and I am glad to be here. Honestly I don't know why I didn't join a Linux forum a long time ago. I am on forums for everything else

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    Thanks for the warm welcome Marine. I was a winger myself. MALS-14 Cherry Point!

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    I was never a military man, but Welcome all the same!
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    The best (in my opinion) way to learn about Linux is to run it on your personal system(s). If you want to start slow while still running Windoze systems, install VirtualBox (www.virtualbox.org) and run Linux in virtual machines. That way you can try out various distributions to see which suits you best before (or if) you dedicate your hardware to Linux.

    Myself, I run Scientific Linux 6.1 on my home workstation/server and laptop, and run Windows XP in a virtual machine. At work, it is the other way around - Windows 7 on the company laptop, and Linux in virtual machines. Of course, I need to run Linux in the VMs because my job is performance engineering for large-scale Linux server farms... The virtual machine installations are to test out performance analysis tools that I write which will be deployed in our production systems. There we run systems where we are handling somewhere between 40,000 and 100,000 concurrent users (depending upon time-of-day), 24x7. Not your typical mom-and-pop web site!

    Anyway, there are two major "clones" of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) that you can use free - CentOS and Scientific Linux (SL). Both are Red Hat with different logos. CentOS is community supported. SL is maintained by some of the biggest physics labs in the world, Fermi National Laboratory in Illinois, and CERN in Switzerland. Disclaimer - my wife is a physicist at Fermi Lab, so I am a bit biased toward that distribution!

    As for military service, I volunteered for the US Air Force in the 60's during the Vietnam conflict. Luckily for me, an old wrist injury suffered in high school made me fail the physical, so I couldn't be drafted. I was hoping to get into Air Force Intelligence, but what the hay!? Some say that "Military Intelligence" is an oxymoron...

    So, welcome to the forums. We are here to serve(r)!
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    Welcome aboard, Jesse.

    Linux is all about having fun and learning..so remember to do both.

    Rubberman gave you great advice, so get installing. I'd throw Fedora into the ring of possible distros to start with (not that you asked...), it is a great desktop Linux distribution that is sponsored by Red Hat and is contains many upstream features of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and thus integrates nicely with RHEL (and thus CentOS and SL).

    Anyway, whatever you do, keep an open mind!

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    Thanks Rubberman. I was planning to run it on my personal machine and I will check out virtualbox for sure. As for military intel let's just say it isn't the most exciting job. I have several friends who were intel and other then the counter intel guys it was boring by their accounts. atreyu I was actually thinking about running Fedora but I will probably test a few just to see what I might like. Basically for now I just want to learn more about it and expand my command line knowledge. I am rapidly forgetting the little I know due to not using it anymore.

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