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Angry Dog
December 11th, 2008, 06:24 PM
I appologise if this is the wrong section or the wrong question to ask!

I have Ubuntu installed on my PC now, with a working Wireless Internet connection thanks to Ayuthia :).

How can I go about learning about Ubuntu / Linux?

I want to be able to use it to the point of being able to get a job based around it.

Thanks.

albinootje
December 11th, 2008, 07:12 PM
Check out : https://help.ubuntu.com/ and https://wiki.ubuntu.com/
and if you are really serious about a serious Linux-job, start preparing for an LPI exam. http://www.lpi.org/

But my personal approach is to focus "Hands on" practice.
Think about some setups you'd like to achieve, and start trying them.
For example setting up a web server as an experiment to learn from.

Titan8990
December 11th, 2008, 07:13 PM
Just use the computer for things you would normally use it for. If you get a point to where you can't do something you would like, you can visit us here on the forums, checking the howto section first.

That is for the most part how I learned.

Duck2006
December 11th, 2008, 07:16 PM
And do lots of reading from the forums, there is a lot of info here.

LowSky
December 11th, 2008, 07:25 PM
In the IT world Ubuntu isn't eally used that much, Redhat and Suse are Kings in that department. Aside from little differences Linux is Linux. So learning one helps with the others... so this is a great place to start (One word of advice try a distro that uses a root account, because Ubuntu differs from many other in that respect)
Linux is also primaraly used in Server applications, not that much is used for desktops. Unless youu live in France, where the whole government runs on Linux from top to bottom.

I reccomend you look toward learning about networking, data backup, and storage, all from the Linux perspective if you want a job in it. Desktop support is generly Window's domain. Of course this might all change with because of the economic events, Linux might take over some Desktops for companies loking to save a few dimes.

Oh ad get certified, With Certification any company will hire you. Because that little piece of paper proves you know what to do in a pickle.
All the major Linux based companies offer training, including Canonical (Ubuntu), Red Hat, and Novell (Suse)

Angry Dog
December 12th, 2008, 12:23 PM
Thanks for your replies, much appreciated.

I will take a look through the various links etc :)

TBH, I use my computer for very little at home (surfing web, listening to music) and my Ubuntu pc can do that now lol.

I was thinking about VM Ware and putting a copy of RH4 that I have on it as well?

I will look at getting accredited. I've been looking at various courses (not just Linux) but I feel Linux is the one to go for.

I am bored / sick of my current IT job, that supports a 16bit(!) database that doesnt seem to move with the times, and I'm in HUGE danger of being left behind and pigeon holed!

panther_sn
December 12th, 2008, 12:38 PM
Also try looking at some of these link, I find them invaluable
http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz
http://www.linux-tutorial.info/
http://www.linux.org/lessons/beginner/toc.html
http://www.howtoforge.com/howtos/linux

Hope this helps

Angry Dog
December 12th, 2008, 12:52 PM
Thanks again, I will take a look.

I've registered on the LPI site - I gather that this primarily a mock test site?

linux_tech
December 12th, 2008, 01:55 PM
The IBM Linux Professional Institute (LPI) exam prep is worthwhile
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/lpi/101.html?S_TACT=105AGX03&S_CMP=LP
LPI Study Guide-
http://www.happy-monkey.net/LPI/
LPI Practice tests-
http://www.linux-praxis.de/lpisim/lpi.html
http://gnosis.cx/publish/programming/exam101.html

Some good ubuntu references
http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Main_Page
reference card-
http://fosswire.com/2007/08/02/unixlinux-command-cheat-sheet/

Beginning training-
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Training
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Beginners/Guide

Free linux classes- http://www.linux.org/lessons/beginner/index.html
http://linuxbasics.org/course/start

Angry Dog
December 12th, 2008, 03:06 PM
Thankyou very much linux_tech!