Re: Learn Linux From Scratch?
I started learning Linux back in 2006.
I wanted to record TV and didn't want to rent a cable box/DVR, so I set out to build one.
Did a lot of googling and settled on Ubuntu 6.06 and MythTV 0.17 (or was it 0.19?).
So I was going to learn Linux while I built the PVR.
In the early days MythTV and all the ancillary bits had to be compiled from scratch. No repository installs for any of it.
I spent a solid month, into the wee hours every night, and pretty much around the clock weekends... compiling, googling, recompiling, regoogling.
After one month, I finally had a working MythTV install.
Then I go to format the large chunk of free space I had left on the HDD to use for storing recordings, only to discover I had screwed up the partitioning and there were no more partitions available.
Reformat* the HDD and start over... AAARRRRG!
This go round it took me about four hours to format, reinstall, and get back to a working MythTV install. Guess I learned a little something along the way.
The point of all this is: while "playing" with Linux (or anything, for that matter) to try and learn it might be productive, actually doing something with it will force you to learn.
As others have stated, pick some apps and learn how they work. Find a program that is not native to Ubuntu and make it run.
Chose a project that has a starting point, a process to complete, and a result and see it through.
There are a ton of Linux apps that aren't quite ready for prime time yet, and oh so delightfully frustrating to try and make work.
(* I learned later that I could have simply used a live CD of gparted and fixed the partitioning without having to flatline it and start over.)
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Last edited by NT4usB; September 18th, 2013 at 05:51 AM.
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