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lumpyfred
January 29th, 2010, 11:31 PM
Hey all I just installed Ubuntu 9.10 in a dual boot setup with my Windows 7 last week and have been getting pretty pumped up about learning to use it. My goal is to eventually be proficient enough to make a complete switch from Windows to Linux and be able to help friends/family do the same if they wish.

However, after trying to learn some of the basics the last few days (BTW this forum has been an immense help so far, so thanks to all of you) I'm at the point where I feel like I'm "cheating". I still have to do many things the same way I would in Windows (i.e. navigating the file system, installing programs, etc.) and pretty much depend on some sort of GUI to be able to get anything done. I'm not very familiar with the command line or anything like that and was wondering - Do any of you have any suggestions on how to become more proficient using the command line? Is it useful/practical to learn how to do basic day to day operations using the command line or should I just leave this kind of thing to the pros and forget about it?

Sorry long post but any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.

tom.swartz07
January 29th, 2010, 11:34 PM
Hey all I just installed Ubuntu 9.10 in a dual boot setup with my Windows 7 last week and have been getting pretty pumped up about learning to use it. My goal is to eventually be proficient enough to make a complete switch from Windows to Linux and be able to help friends/family do the same if they wish.

However, after trying to learn some of the basics the last few days (BTW this forum has been an immense help so far, so thanks to all of you) I'm at the point where I feel like I'm "cheating". I still have to do many things the same way I would in Windows (i.e. navigating the file system, installing programs, etc.) and pretty much depend on some sort of GUI to be able to get anything done. I'm not very familiar with the command line or anything like that and was wondering - Do any of you have any suggestions on how to become more proficient using the command line? Is it useful/practical to learn how to do basic day to day operations using the command line or should I just leave this kind of thing to the pros and forget about it?

Sorry long post but any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.

The best guide Ive ever read is this one; http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/index_main.html

tom.swartz07
January 29th, 2010, 11:36 PM
there are some little command line tricks that you could pick up along the way too



sudo apt-get <program-name> will install a program without any clicks.


sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade will update and install any upgrades for your programs


Most of the other beginner stuff is covered in that book.

Have fun!

lisati
January 29th, 2010, 11:36 PM
Some things are done more easily or more quickly with the command line. For example, I once I've prepared a page for my web site on my laptop, and have copied it to the server, typing in a "cp" command at the terminal to copy from the folder to the website's folder is sometimes quicker. ("cp" = "copy")

howefield
January 29th, 2010, 11:43 PM
You're not cheating by using a GUI to accomplish what you need to do. After all, if you were wanted to play some music, would you feel you were cheating by using VLC rather than the command line, which you could do if you wanted.

The terminal will come in time, it is very useful to be able to use it confidently. As well as the link above, have a look here

http://gd.tuwien.ac.at/linuxcommand.org/

lumpyfred
January 29th, 2010, 11:43 PM
Great! Thanks for the examples, tom.swartz07 and lisati.

wojox
January 29th, 2010, 11:43 PM
It's good to learn. Go into System > Help and Support > Advanced Topics > Using the Command Line for a nice start.

inobe
January 29th, 2010, 11:53 PM
it's nice not having to navigate through a GUI doing dozens of clicks just to do one single task.


CLI is a must especially if you have a relic for a computer or you are impatient.

hemimaniac
January 30th, 2010, 12:07 AM
Set this CLI_CHEAT_SHEET (http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/4421/883831xb2.jpg) as wallpaper and the basics are always there :D

oldos2er
January 30th, 2010, 12:10 AM
Some sites I've found helpful:

http://linuxcommand.org/

https://help.ubuntu.com/9.10/basic-commands/C/

ftp://ftp.cwru.edu/pub/bash/FAQ

lumpyfred
January 30th, 2010, 12:10 AM
Thanks again for all of the advice and help. I guess just like anything else worthwhile it'll just take some work and determination, so I'll be sticking around for a good long time.

dollzii
January 30th, 2010, 02:41 AM
Full Circle Magazine has a series named Command and Conquer, maybe you could have a look at that.

Starts at issue 14.

www.fullcirclemagazine.org