The Complete Beginner's Guide to Linux

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Philips

Thank you for the guide's availability. This is so compact and complete. I enjoy reading the post.

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Tom Nichol

I enjoyed reading the various articles that have gone into this compilation.  However, I would enjoy having a PDF version of this guide, which could be downloaded and printed for reference (if desired), even more!  Such a PDF should include any and all articles that are hyperlinked in the current series.  I would also recommend some sort of bibliography or listing of available books for Linus newbies (i.e., "Linux for Dummies," etc.).  How 'bout it, guys and gals?  PLEASE???

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bcweir

....should I sign up for Conversational Russian or Conversational Mandarin Chinese?  I want to maximize the coming headache.

Bracing my eyes for images of bearded cyber-hermits/Linux driver-writers that come out of their cellars once a year for their birthdays. 

 

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Keith E. Whisman

I recommend  linux for Dummies-pic a distro. Also Linux Bible again pic a distro. Linux in a Nutshell and Linux Cookbook. Basically get a good reference and getting started book like a dummies book and then get the nutshell and cookbook books as they tell you how to use programs in linux. I've got these books and I still spend almost all my time in Windows Vista. I triple boot Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit, Ubuntu Linux 64bit and Windows 7 Beta 64bit.

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MeTo

Because of a previous article I decided to try Linux again the last time was like 3 or 4 years ago. I can say now i spend most of my time in Linux mint. The biggest differance i noticed right off the bat is my CPU is not constantly churning in the background. So i think it saves electricity.

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Keith E. Whisman

Great Work! Please keep it up. There is so much more to learn with Linux and you can never have enough books and I've got friends that have used Linux since it's birth and they can't call themselves Gurus. 

There are so many programs it would take a life time to figure out each one and use them. Alot of Linux programs do the same thing ever so slightly different.

There are programs in Linux that give you access to the hardware as the computer sees it. There is alot of neat stuff.

Thanks for the great compilation. Please add to it and perhaps build a PDF version that can be printed for rapid reference.

Kudos for Will Kraft. 

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Vano

And again this linux propaganda stays on top...lame.

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Zoomer

You may come here just for the "PC" related news and reviews, but Linux is a PC just as much as windows. Don't put it down just because you think your OS is better....Linux is fighting for the future of open-source, and that can only really lead to good.

 

FYI, I use windows, as I have had issues trying to dual-boot. But don't knock it just because it's not what you use....that will lead down the path to being as self-righteous as the Mac-users. :(

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Vano

I don't put it down. I just don't think it's worth to stay on top other news as these guides do lately.

In fact looking at this with your point of view it's the editor whos putting down other OSs...

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AntiHero

No, he's a linux user. He wants to share it with others. I am a dual booter, who stays in Windows 90% of the time. I equally like and dislike every OS I've used, for many reasons, but to state my favorites that I'll stick to when I don't use a laptop (Since laptop stuff is proprietary, and a pain to manage in Linux) will have to be Ubuntu, it's comfortable, effortless, and beats the pants of Windows for reliability. In second place is Windows 7, the beta was better than any of the full licenses I've had from Microsoft, ever. Don't bash an OS, many people worked VERY hard to make it, and they released what they felt was good, and they were all agreeing on as "Comfortable". Mac users feel Mac is the best, it's BSD, which is a form of Linux, however it's so restricted, and locked down, and re-engineered to be so different from Linux-ish OS's but be as light weight, that it can't be called such. To state it, Mac users are not linux users, but they can't bash linux because their stuff runs from the base of linux. Windows is its own thing, and they're good at it. The point I'm trying to make, along with inserting my original comment to this article, is that this article is fantastic for anyone looking into trying Linux, the beauty of it, is that a Linux user wrote it. I will give linux this about superiority if you're into these things: Can run Windows and Mac programs (with a small bit of tinkering of course, same goes to do it on Windows), lightweight, low power usage, reads the hard drive partitions and allows you to mount them with the proper password for the root (administratve) user an access everything, (Windows does not see Linux partitions, and i don't know about Mac on that one.) and it's got tons of great applications for free. Also the OS and support is free, which is nice when you're a beginner. I always get answers from Ubuntuforums.org, and they're usually right, or on the right track. Linux all in all is like any other os, has good and bad, people bash it because they fear change, and the unknown. Get a spare hard drive, give it a shot, or run a LiveCD of something, there's a lot of neat, fun features, and some great security features too. Budget PC builders are in for some great surprises with Linux, they'll be pleased, also if you have Ubuntu, get Compiz, it's loads of fun.

I don't like Microsoft, I associate with it.

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Vano

You've missed the point. I don't mind see linux related or any OS related articles/tutorials, it's that when it comes to linux on this site, the article stays on top other news for a while. Last linux-related tutorial stayed on top for couple of days, this one stayed on top a few hours (seems like it was changed after I bitched about it).

Perhaps I jumped the gun here, but last time I visited this site the last article was "Microsoft Pleased with Windows' Phenomenal Showing on Netbooks" then, this tutorial was published and a few hours later between this tutorial and "microsoft please with..." appiered "The Associated Press Threatens Legal Action against Google, Other News Aggregators"

 If I was wrong, I appologies.

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Devo85x

GREAT ARTICLE!  I hope something is coming up for more advance linux users :)

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