View Full Version : I need to know were to find something....

January 20th, 2007, 04:28 AM
For a while now, Ive been trying to find a certain guide, let me explain.

Ever since I found out what open source software actually was, I think I truely found something I want to do, and that is program, and contribute to ubuntu. The problem is.... I dont know much about linux, im just now starting to learn programming, and Im only 16.....

Im learning Java at school at the moment, but do any of you know were I can find a guide to how linux works (internally, not just on the outside). One for Ubuntu would be even better....


January 20th, 2007, 04:42 AM

Kernel development is what you are looking for (but maybe after finding out about it, you'll find it really isn't what you were looking for ;)). I would start of with learning a language (Java in your case) and becoming proficient enough with it to release a program that you think people could use.

You might find this link (http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=333867) useful.

January 20th, 2007, 07:55 AM
The Linux Documentation Project, http://tldp.org/ has lots of howtos, guidebooks, FAQs and manpages.

January 20th, 2007, 08:49 AM
thankyou both. :) you do not know how greatful I feel inside.

January 20th, 2007, 09:53 AM
If you're going to try a hand at kernel development, you may want to learn a language that gets lower than Java, like C or ASM. I'm studying C along with the mandatory Java at school in hopes of learning to write drivers.

So what do you learn first in your Java class?  GUI or Console-based? I took Java 1 at the University of Pittsburgh and learned console-based. My Java 2 class here at GWU is starting with GUI which we supposedly already know (well, they do....their Java 1 class had it) and then this year learning console-based (which I already know). This'll be interesting.