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    A Linux Overview for a Beginner?

    I am looking for a document/book/website that can help me get a good overview of Linux. Since I am a beginner at this, I am not really able to clearly describe what it is that I want but it is something that will help organize my thoughts and study on Linux and its various flavours. Perhaps I can give an example of something that I happened upon while searching through the stickies at the head of the Absolute Beginners Section. I went to PopularPages and then clicked on 'O', thinking there might be an 'Overview' page. There wasn't but I saw 'Openbox' and, being a bit ADD, thought "Hmm, I've seen that somewhere. I wonder what it's about". Of course, it didn't have what the overview that I had intended to look for but it did have this:
    What is Openbox?

    To answer that question, it's important to know the difference between a window manager and a desktop environment.

    And I thought, Yeah, that's what I want. Something that will get me started on understanding the various components of a functioning Linux system.

    Any suggestions where I might find something like that? Some thing that is fairly simple but can give order to my search for knowleg?
    Regards,
    Ross

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    Re: A Linux Overview for a Beginner?

    Thread moved to Ubuntu, Linux and OS Chat as it isn't an Ubuntu support question.

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    Re: A Linux Overview for a Beginner?

    The title might be a bit off putting but Linux for Dummies.

    I find that Google is my best friend when I have a question about just about anything technical.
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    Re: A Linux Overview for a Beginner?

    ross4; Hello.

    Here are a few links that should help you over the hump.
    http://ubuntu-manual.org/downloads
    http://files.ubuntu-manual.org/manua...tu%2012.10.pdf
    http://people.canonical.com/~cjwatso...tionships.html

    And as noted above, google is your friend.

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    Re: A Linux Overview for a Beginner?

    I find that Google is my best friend when I have a question about just about anything technical.
    So is youtube. http://youtu.be/vwBoHZuauL8
    I hope more linux geeks look like her.

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    Re: A Linux Overview for a Beginner?

    You might want to narrow your search area. As I recall the term Linux covers some 200 odd operating systems not all using the same methods for different things. for instance
    Redhat and Suse use different package management systems than the Debian/Ubuntu systems do. The Ubuntu users manual and the Linux Command Line might also be books that will help. Both are available in PDF for download.
    The only dumb question is the one not asked.

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    Re: A Linux Overview for a Beginner?

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2160379

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

    The first link is a thread that talks a great deal about DEs and WMs The second link dives into how Linux is not Windows.

    Linux is a kernal, something you can make an Operating System out of. Like Ubuntu, or Debian. It is free and open source, meaning you can and any one, can come in and work on it, and add their own code to make it work with things, or do new features and such. Linux was inspired by Minux, and started out as a hobby.

    It is similar to Windows Kernel or the Mac's Kernel, to which the both have operating systems built on. Like Windows Vista, or OS X. So while I would not Call Linux so much an Operating System, that is what many do, and think of.

    The reason for so many different Linux OSes is Freedom. Freedom of Choice, and Freedom of Expression.
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    Re: A Linux Overview for a Beginner?

    Thank you to all who responded! I've been looking at all the suggested resources and I am now beginning to get the overview that I was looking for. What a great resource this forum is.
    Ross

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    Re: A Linux Overview for a Beginner?

    If you want to read a book about Linux, I'd take a look at these offerings from O'Reilly: http://search.oreilly.com/?q=linux. They have general books and ones on specific distros like Learning Ubuntu Linux.

    O'Reilly is the first place to go if you're looking for reference material on Linux or open-source applications.
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