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Ralex1098
April 2nd, 2009, 08:22 PM
Are there some basic skills that every Linux user should know? I want to learn more about Linux and get more involved with the community, but don't know how. Biochemistry major. Ubuntu is my only operating system.

Any suggestions?

luckydeveloper
April 2nd, 2009, 08:26 PM
First, Get to know about terminal.. i mean ..you should know how to work well in command line interface.. though GUI is there to help you.. command line is more powerful

red_Marvin
April 2nd, 2009, 08:26 PM
I would say some minimal proficiency in the terminal would be good, otherwise you miss out on much on what makes linux so wonderful. Granted it doesn't fit everybody's way of thinking, but not trying it, dismissing it as deprecated in the days of graphics or whatever would be sad.
/me gets flamed
Edit: ah, I see I am not the only one thinking like this.

Ralex1098
April 2nd, 2009, 09:06 PM
Are there any websites that offer tutorials/challenges to work through? I need some challenges or goals to reach to gain understanding.

Therion
April 2nd, 2009, 09:07 PM
... Get to know about [the] terminal..
Agreed. You don't need to be a Ninja Master of the command line, but not being terrified of the idea of having to use it, even being comfortable with it, is probably one of the best Linux-related skills you can acquire.

cmay
April 2nd, 2009, 09:09 PM
http://www.oreillynet.com/linux/cmd/
could come in handy for you .
good luck :)

albinootje
April 2nd, 2009, 09:12 PM
Are there some basic skills that every Linux user should know?

Read this :
http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/ (free download)
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UsingTheTerminal
See also :
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/

And join a LUG : http://www.linux.org/groups/

Or join an Ubuntu Jaunty release party :
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/JauntyReleaseParties

blingo
April 2nd, 2009, 10:12 PM
Regarding contributing:

* The easiest way to get involved is informing about bugs.
Those are harder to find in the operating system itself, but much more frequent on programs.
If you'll get a bug get corrected, than you've made a solid contribution to the Open-Source community as a general.
(Plus getting response from the program's writers is nice :-))

Also Please check
http://live.gnome.org/JoinGnome

Other ways to learn more about Linux:

* You can learn some stuff just by reading some of the messages in the forum...

* When you'll feel up for it try to download a program source and make it compile and run on your computer.
Usually this is done by

./configure
make

But sometimes you'll get errors, trying to figure out what went wrong using the Internet will learn you a thing or two..

You'll usually need to install packages... (note however that installing stuff and particularly upgrading packages may damage your working Linux, so you may want to consider this)

And once you'll make that program run, it'll be rewarding :-)

* The next step, that is to become a developer is to learn some programing language... (which to learn, is another fine question, I think I'll avoid :-))

Ralex1098
April 2nd, 2009, 11:25 PM
Thanks for all the links. Looks like I'll have plenty of info to digest for awhile. If anything else comes to mind that is important, let me know!

-Al

23meg
April 2nd, 2009, 11:25 PM
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ContributeToUbuntu may also help.