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    Learning materials for Ubuntu?

    I am interested in getting books or maybe an educational application that can teach me all about Ubuntu and the Command Prompt, as well as general tips and tricks.

    Any references on books or other educational material on these subjects?

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    Re: Learning materials for Ubuntu?

    Pretty much most handbooks on linux can be used for nearly any distro.

    Specialized ubuntu books to me seem sort of useless because most of the information you can find about ubuntu you can find through the internet.

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    Re: Learning materials for Ubuntu?

    Ubuntu manual (see my signature)

    ubuntu help pages: https://help.ubuntu.com/

    linuxcommand.org - a free e-book
    Easy to understand Ubuntu manual with lots of pics: http://ubuntu-manual.org/
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    Re: Learning materials for Ubuntu?

    Just my opinion: Most paper books on IT subject seem like a waste of money and trees, unless they teach some skill that can be widely applied. Application specific information (especially related to the GUI) rapidly becomes outdated. More useful (and especially more up to date) information can be found online.
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    Re: Learning materials for Ubuntu?

    You can learn a lot just from looking at the manual pages of each application.

    For instance....

    Yo@hoho:~$ man ping

    PING(8) System Manager's Manual: iputils PING(8)

    NAME
    ping, ping6 - send ICMP ECHO_REQUEST to network hosts

    SYNOPSIS
    ping [-LRUbdfnqrvVaAB] [-c count] [-i interval] [-l preload] [-p pat‐
    tern] [-s packetsize] [-t ttl] [-w deadline] [-F flowlabel] [-I inter‐
    face] [-M hint] [-Q tos] [-S sndbuf] [-T timestamp option] [-W timeout]
    [hop ...] destination

    DESCRIPTION
    ping uses the ICMP protocol's mandatory ECHO_REQUEST datagram to elicit
    an ICMP ECHO_RESPONSE from a host or gateway. ECHO_REQUEST datagrams
    (``pings'') have an IP and ICMP header, followed by a struct timeval
    and then an arbitrary number of ``pad'' bytes used to fill out the
    packet.

    OPTIONS
    -a Audible ping.

    -A Adaptive ping. Interpacket interval adapts to round-trip time,
    so that effectively not more than one (or more, if preload is
    Manual page ping(8) line 1
    Not all programs have a man page though in which case, you can usually still acquire a small list of editable switches/parameters by using the switch.

    ping --help
    You can also learn a fair amount in a more advanced way, by studying the source code of programs/modules. The degree of difficulty to start, varies from program/script to program/script, as the best source for learning is usually the programmers notes/references.

    You do get some instances where there are no notes, or overly obfuscated code, but this is usually few and far between, and usually happens when someone with an overly big head says look at me aren't i clever? *Short Answer = no.
    Last edited by Takanakathehacker; November 21st, 2012 at 12:53 AM.

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    Re: Learning materials for Ubuntu?

    Hi,

    The guide by aysiu (link in my signature) may prove useful.

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    Re: Learning materials for Ubuntu?

    You will learn the most by searching in the forums for what it is you are more interested in and following those. If you really want to learn, do what the person who had a problem did and follow the group's debugging. You will learn more that way and possibly come across a mistake they made to help them.
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    Re: Learning materials for Ubuntu?

    Only half kidding https://wiki.archlinux.org/
    Whoever came up with the phrase "There is no such thing as a stupid question" obviously never had the internet.

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