[Novalug] Linux For Beginners
bdalzell at qis.net
Sat Nov 29 21:07:57 EST 2008
On Sat, 29 Nov 2008, Jean Figarella wrote:
JF >Lawrence Fides wrote:
JF >> Howdy!
JF >> So I am new to Linux OS. However, there's too many different Linux
JF >> distribution; ie Red Hat, Ubuntu, Fedora, etc. I was wondering which
JF >> would be best for someone who is a "noob" to Linux.
JF >> --
JF >> Thanks,
JF >> - F
JF >If you really want to learn Linux, then avoid SUSE, Ubuntu and Fedora
JF >and go for a more "challenging" distribution like Slackware, Gentoo or
JF >Arch at first. There is no really a distro that is better for newbies.
JF >It all depends on the individual and how far is he/she willing to go and
JF >read/search for documentation. This will actually force you to learn the
JF >internals of how most Linux distributions behave and in the way will
JF >also learn a lot about networking in the process. My first distribution
JF >was Red Hat 5.x (if I remember correctly) but I didn't get to really
JF >learn Linux, and the command line until I used Slackware. Yes I know is
JF >not as bleeding edge and as automated like the other distributions are,
JF >blah blah blah; but its simple with no GUI interfaces and basically YOU
JF >have to do everything yourself.
On the other hand if you want to set up a working non-windoze OS and
gradually learn more about linux - then do a dual install - two flavors
of linux on one computer and use Ubuntu as the working OS that is not
windows and then something like Slackware Gentoo or Arch as the other
install that you can boot into and learn the basic linux. I can tell you
however that even a flavor that is as easy to run from a GUI as Ubuntu
still has a command line and all the command line tools are available.
If you only have one computer hooked up to the internet (the source of
help) it is not very useful to have a non-working linux install on your
computer. This is the great advantage of having a multi-boot
Here is a useful site I found today while researching "clean old
kernals off your harddrive". The Online version of The Linux Cookbook -
table of contents (gives access to all of LCB)
JF >Basically, while the other distributions are very good and perhaps more
JF >"modern", ( I use Ubuntu on my laptop, and CentOS at home) I can tell
JF >you that for learning hands down Linux then Slackware, Gentoo and Arch
JF >are better tools.
JF >Just my two cents and I don't represent any body's opinion, just mine. :)
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