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JupiterOptimusMaximus
July 7th, 2011, 02:01 AM
Hi, I am new to this forum and to Ubuntu. Just installed it last week. It works great for most things but I have discovered that if you want to use it for anything besides email you will need to learn to speak geek. I found this site that has been very helpful in learning to use the terminal. It assumes you know absolutely nothing and is the best resource I have found so far. http://linuxcommand.org/learning_the_shell.php Does anybody have any suggestions? Are there any good books for beginners on this subject?

powerpleb
July 7th, 2011, 02:07 AM
Hi, I am new to this forum and to Ubuntu. Just installed it last week. It works great for most things but I have discovered that if you want to use it for anything besides email you will need to learn to speak geek.
A big exaggeration, but anyway.


I found this site that has been very helpful in learning to use the terminal. It assumes you know absolutely nothing and is the best resource I have found so far. http://linuxcommand.org/learning_the_shell.php Does anybody have any suggestions? Are there any good books for beginners on this subject?
You might also want to look at some BASH tutorials. They are a great way to familiarize yourself with some more advanced techniques of terminal use. Good luck. :)

http://linuxcommand.org/tlcl.php
http://www.tldp.org/LDP/Bash-Beginners-Guide/html/index.html
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-bash/index.html

dFlyer
July 7th, 2011, 02:12 AM
Hi, I am new to this forum and to Ubuntu. Just installed it last week. It works great for most things but I have discovered that if you want to use it for anything besides email you will need to learn to speak geek. I found this site that has been very helpful in learning to use the terminal. It assumes you know absolutely nothing and is the best resource I have found so far. http://linuxcommand.org/learning_the_shell.php Does anybody have any suggestions? Are there any good books for beginners on this subject?

Not really true any more. It's nice to know the command line but no longer required as most all configurations can be done with gui's today.

ClientAlive
July 7th, 2011, 02:55 AM
That site you gave a link to (linuxcommand) has a free eBook there called "The Linux Command Line" by the site's creator William Shotts. It's the first book I read on the subject and I loved it. It's the book I recommend whenever I get the chance. It takes a hands on approach where the reader is expected to follow along on their own computer. Very simple to understand. Covers all the basics. Great for a well rounded foundational knowledge.

If you're so inclined, you can learn a lot by trying to really think deep about the concepts he presents and take them to the ulitmate level. For instance, and I always get a kick out of this when I think about it, when I was reading about wildcards in that book I decided to try and take them to the next level. I wrote a single line of code that ultimately was asking Linux to create like 17 billion folders in one shot. Of course the computer froze up and crashed, and those 17 billion folders never were made. I didn't realize I was asking it to make that many when I pushed the enter button, but after I found out I laughed my butt off. :D

In hindsight . . . If I were going to practice scripting (working on the command line) like that again I'd do it in a virtual machine, not on my regular system. Virtual Box is real nice for something like that.

There's this too and there are other's like it on the Internet - some better, some worse.

http://files.fosswire.com/2007/08/fwunixref.pdf