View Full Version : [ubuntu] I would like to learn more. . .

May 7th, 2008, 06:21 AM
About a month and a half ago I started researching Linux on the web, and now I have a laptop with nothing but Ubuntu, and a desktop with Ubuntu and a fresh install of XP that I hope to never use. I am a noob through and through when it comes to Linux, but thanks to the devoted user community I have struggled through to the point that I truly believe I can completely shed myself of MS Windows and be happy about it. However. . .

As nice as Synaptic and auto-updates for my current packages are, the transition is not exactly painless for a noob like me. It seems that a healthy understanding of the terminal, while not entirely necessary, would definitely be extremely beneficial for a noob who has embraced Linux as his new hobby. Problem is, I guess I'm old-school, because I much prefer to do my heavy reading with a hard-copy, and I have had no luck searching for a suitable book in the bookstores. My only experience so far is with Ubuntu and Kubuntu (tried other distro's LiveCDs, but they didn't boot properly, probably due to corruptions from high-speed burns, though I plan to test drive them in the future). Any books found in the stores seem outdated, as is the nature of the industry I suppose.

I've found an abundance of resources online, and I'm very grateful for the community that provides these resources, but I would live to have something I can take to my sofa and relax with without worrying about secondary burns from my POS laptop.

If any books are out there that I can get from Amazon, etc, that are relatively up-to-date and will help me learn the commands with an Ubuntu leaning, I would greatly appreciate recommendations. Also, if there are any comprehensive guides online that are geared towards complete noobs like me, I could print them, though my Canon PIXMA is an ink *****. :mad:

Thanks for any advice.

May 7th, 2008, 06:44 AM
See my recommendations in this thread:


May 7th, 2008, 06:56 AM

May 7th, 2008, 07:11 AM
monicker and kpkeerthi, much thanks for the directional advice.

Monicker, you're everywhere, like a Linux-newbie-Batman, LOL. My first two posts you're there with timely advice. Thanks for the help.

I know I'm only just getting my feet wet to this point, but the support and hard work of users like Monicker and Kpkeerthi is a large part of what makes the switch from Windows so exciting. With the help of users like you I may one day feel confident enough to advise others and guide them in the switch that too many casual PC users either aren't aware of, or think is impossible. Thank you.

May 7th, 2008, 07:25 AM
Keep this in mind more for when you want something at an intermediate level.


It really made me more comfortable as a linux user.

May 7th, 2008, 07:27 AM
When I first started with Linux I got a lot of books and studied. A lot were oreilly books like Linux in an nutshell.

But just using it and solving problems taught me the most.

May 7th, 2008, 07:38 AM
Dear LoboLoco

Hi when i was learning about samba and some networking stuff. I took help of the following site


May 7th, 2008, 09:27 AM
One of the biggest things that have helped me is to keep a log of what you are doing to your system and any changes you are making as you go along so you can back out of it later when you've forgotten what you've done. Sound like personal experience? :)

If you see a reference in a book, in this forum, or elsewhere, and decide to try it, jot it down -on paper-. Heed those warnings about not doing any commands you aren't sure of before you understand them.

For me, the key issue when starting out is not to be afraid of a total reinstall! Take notes on what you did the first time, experiment, and if all fails and you can't get back to square one by reconfiguring - reinstall.

This is not to say that this is like what some do on a regular basis to get Windows working again - in a beginner's environment, repetition can reinforce the learning experience, and since you've taken notes, each time you do it, you come back up faster and faster. Pretty soon, you'll be comfortable with reconfiguring rather than reinstalling and you'll laugh at your early notes.

...my take on it anyway...

May 7th, 2008, 09:40 AM
The Rute User's manual (http://www.amazon.com/LINUX-Tutorial-Exposition-Prentice-Technology/dp/0130333514/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1210149453&sr=8-1)helped me understand some rather abstract concepts. It also deals with hardware a little more than other books I've looked at.

June 3rd, 2008, 05:27 PM
Keep this in mind more for when you want something at an intermediate level.


It really made me more comfortable as a linux user.

I used ubuntu as desktop for about a year now, and want to know more deep about linux. I also come across this website when I did some search.

Does this study material still apply on the linux now day, because it asks you to install old version of linux to learn the course.

June 3rd, 2008, 05:43 PM
The command line stuff hasnt really changed for bash. Any Unix tutorial will work as well,,this one helped me a lot


the very basic first steps are there for the command line. I believe in the stickys there is a thorough list of recommendations,,but that unix tutorial is command line 101 IMHO

I made a directory that I would be in every time I did a tutorial to keep me safe from deleting or writing over important files.

mkdir training
cd training

go crazy