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March 13th, 2012, 06:40 PM
Hi! :)

I am Tom, and are fairly new to linux. I am running ubuntu 10.04, tryed 11.10 but just couldn't get used to unity. I am new to the forum too, so hello! :)

For a long time, every time I would get something wrong with ubuntu, I'd just google it and trying to work it out from there. But now, I have decided to get the full potential out of linux, to understand more than the basics. :)

So my real question is, where can I do that? Where can I learn linux? Where have you guys done it ? Do you have like a special book or a website you go to? I have also been doing some programing in html and a bit in java, but it's not that great :/

Any help is appreciated :)

March 13th, 2012, 06:47 PM
One of the best resources for learning about Ubuntu and Linux in general is right here on this forum.
Just keep an eye on the absolute beginners thread and read about the solutions to other peoples problems and how they work and why. You will soon start to understand a lot more about how your system works.
If there is anything that you cannot get to grips with then have a search around using the search facility and if it still isn't clear then post a question and you will get an answer fairly quickly.
Most of the issues you are ever likely to encounter when using Ubuntu will have been discussed somewhere on here.
Just keep reading.

It might also help you if you can get your hands on a second computer to use as a "test box" , so that you can try stuff out without fear of damaging your main installation. If you mess up the test box, just do a reinstall and start again.

Lots of help here and lots of friendly people too, just dive in.

March 13th, 2012, 06:50 PM
Hi Tom, welcome to the forum!

I'd start at the Ubuntu Wiki (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/), it has a bunch of great articles that can help you get things done and learn in the process.

The command line (https://help.ubuntu.com/10.04/basic-commands/C/) is used quite often in Linux, so that's a great place to start as well. Being able to run simple commands, use apt-get to install programs, etc. will help you down the road.

For most things, searching the forums will yield a good answer.

Don't be afraid to ask for help!

Edit: +1 to winh8r's post!

March 13th, 2012, 06:52 PM
Basic Toolkit
1) Download the Linux Starter Pack - http://www.tuxradar.com/linuxstarterpack
2) Look at the UNOFFICIAL Ubuntu Guide - http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:Oneiric
3) Look at Psychocats - http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu
4) Download the Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference - http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/index_main.html
5) Download Ubuntu 10.10 Manual - http://ubuntu-manual.org/

March 13th, 2012, 06:54 PM
I second winh8r -- learn on a junk box or in a virtual machine. You learn best sometimes by breaking things while you figure them out.

In either case, don't do anything you can't afford to lose.

Virtualization is good because you can take frequent snapshots. If you break something and can't recover, go back to the snapshot.

On a real machine you can reinstall if you can't recover.

But try to recover first.

Scott Baker
March 13th, 2012, 07:03 PM
Hey there Tom, welcome. As has already been said, you're in the right place, here in the forums. If you're not sure, drop an Ubuntu type question into your Google search engine, and 7 times out of 10, you'll be directed right back here. A lot of us have learned a great deal here. I'd be lost if it wasn't for these folks. Sharing is caring, and we all learn from each other. Need a tip or trick, check out the forums. Discover a new bit that others may be able to use, please share. Ubuntu is one of the easiest of the Linux varieties to learn. Hang in there, follow the forums, check your local bookstores or libraries, and enjoy the experience. Just remember this, you will become frustrated at times. Don't panic. We've ALL been there. When in need, come on back here. We can get you through it (normally).

March 13th, 2012, 07:36 PM
Thank you for the replies! :)

Well, I already know some very basic command lines, but I am trying to learn more! :)
I started reading the Ubuntu guides for humans (or something like that:)), but it wasn't what I was looking for :).

Thank you, this forum is really great, most problems are solved here. As far as the second machine, that is a really good idea, I am looking to put one together, maybe a bit weaker one that the one I already have :)

Thanks again! :)

March 13th, 2012, 07:56 PM
List of command line resources here... (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1909108)

March 13th, 2012, 08:43 PM
If you really want to understand the nuts and bolts of Linux it might be a good project to install arch Linux that drops you into a command prompt with almost nothing installed (like Ubunutu server) so you have to install the sound, graphics drivers and the shell environment.

U'll get to grips with the command line environment, but do this on a virtual machine as you will be cut off from the outside world till you get the gui up in Arch. It's not the most fun in the world, but as a project for learning it's a great way to understand GNU/Linux.

In school they taught us that the OS is just like an Onion as just like an Onion it's just a bunch of layers till you get to the core (Linux) the rest is just stacked on top till you get to the shell which is the GUI. Most OS conform to this principle.

Setting up a Linux server is also another good learning tool (for Linux server at least)

As much as we go on about the command line in Linux, it's a fact that you will come un-stuck many times by knowing a few simple commands.

Take for example:

Your files being not being able to be read by you because you copied them from another disk using a Live CD Something like this could leave you stuck for a long time :P

Just keep in mind that everything is simple when you know how.

March 13th, 2012, 09:17 PM
One need not build his own car to learn to drive...