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  1. #1
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    Exclamation where to start

    Hi Experts,

    I am new to Linux and Ubuntu. I am an windows guy as of now but my work and system enforced me to go and drive Linux OS. I am glad to see this forum and happy the way Ubuntu working now. Currently i am using 13.04 Ubuntu Desktop in my laptop.

    Here are my queries:
    1. I don't have any idea (i can say i am know just 5%) about Linux and either Ubuntu Desktop. I would like to know how to and where to start for learning Ubuntu and of course Linux.
    2. What are the major differences between Windows and Linux. I am not getting clearly how file systems in Linux Works ( etc, bin, and bla bla bla....)
    3. I am very happy to see this forum where we can get answers from experienced Linux folks but i am not sure even how to use Linux.

    Please advice me where to start and how to start and what are the best practices to make my self as good Linux User.

    Thanks in Advance
    SK

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    Re: where to start suggestions please...

    Congratulations.

    1. The best way is just to start using it. If you run into questions with specific tasks, then you can always check the search engines or the forum. Usually, things are quite straightforward to accomplish so often only a hint is needed.

    2. All the user files are under /home, the rest is for the system. If you want to see the details, check hier.

    3. Again, it is usually to just start trying it. What do you want to use Linux for? Desktop? Server? Mobile? Networking? Embedded? Other?

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    Re: where to start

    Yep, just start using it and ask questions as you go. If you're having trouble installing it, post a new thread in Installations and Upgrades.

    Make sure you have some free space on your drive then go here:

    http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop

    Download the release of choice, burn a bootable DVD, boot from it and try Ubuntu from the disk without installing it. You can try all of the *buntus from their install disks, and other flavours too.

    There are a million options as you'l learn as you go. You might find the following of interest.

    http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm

    For installing guide:

    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/installing
    Last edited by Bucky Ball; November 28th, 2013 at 11:57 AM.

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    Re: where to start

    Lars Noodén: Thank you so much for your suggestions.. I have started working on Ubuntu Desktop and i will keep working on it.. Linux i want to use it for Desktop now.. as a Beginner i would like to get use of the system so that i can explore more and more on other flaviors like Servers and Mobile side..

    Again thank so much for your help

    Bucky Ball:

    Thank you for the docs, i will look at it

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    Re: where to start

    Some links:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/
    http://ubuntu-manual.org/?lang=en_GB (You can choose your language on the right)

    (From Forum-member Pjotr123):
    https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/Home

    Command line and other:
    http://tille.garrels.be/training/tldp/
    http://tille.garrels.be/training/bash/
    http://tille.garrels.be/training/ldap/

    Here a link with many other links (many in Dutch but also in English):
    http://damen.dommel.be/Ubuntu.html
    Last edited by heir4c; November 30th, 2013 at 06:58 PM.
    Dutch speaking; understand English, writing is a bit difficult. Member of: http://forum.ubuntu-nl.org
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    Re: where to start

    Linux is not that different from Windows, except a hell of a lot better and safer. If you work on your desktop, you will get everything done that you could do on windos, except you wont have to pay for it. What are your computing needs?

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    Re: where to start

    I pickup a USB HD and use clonezilla to backup weekly. Then you can try anything you want knowing you are only 30 min or less away of returning to where you were.

    I like trying stupid things.

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    Re: where to start

    I just started messing around with Linux in the last week or so. This page( that was suggested from one of the wiki pages I think) has been strait forward and help full when dealing with the terminal
    http://linuxcommand.org/lc3_learning_the_shell.php

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