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    Re: Newbie (n00b) 101 -- A place to start

    May I suggest Stiki and Wiki. Good stuff.
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    Re: Newbie (n00b) 101 -- A place to start

    And I shall comply:

    Sticky -- A permanent post that includes important basic information
    Wiki -- A mini encyclopedia on a given subject (think wikipedia)

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    Re: Newbie (n00b) 101 -- A place to start

    I was recently kindly shown the error of my newbie ways, but for a good cause. So I'm adding this to the newbie literacy advocacy topic (j/k -- I'm really not that pompous)


    sudo - gksudo - kdesu

    The three are superuser (sometimes called Root, which is a tad confusing in light of the fact that your system also has a root), or administrator commands.

    They are used to change settings and modify files that only the administrator is supposed to access.

    Confused about which to use and when? Me too (lol)

    This link provides a great rationale to help you preserve the safety and integrity of your system.

    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/graphicalsudo


    A quick primer before you read this:

    - a graphical application is an application with menus and icons that your mouse has a field day in (leaving your keyboard all sad).

    - gedit and nano are "editors" - applications used to modify textual system information (i.e. parameters, settings, configuration) or any form of text for that matter

    - ICE authority - "The iceauth program is used to edit and display the authorization information used in connecting with ICE. This program is usually used to extract authorization records from one machine and merge them in on another" (copied from http://linux.die.net/man/1/iceauth)

    - root privileges - administrator rights to modify system-critical files

    Tag, anyone?

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    Re: Newbie (n00b) 101 -- A place to start

    Quote Originally Posted by ZabiGG View Post
    I was recently kindly shown the error of my newbie ways, but for a good cause. So I'm adding this to the newbie literacy advocacy topic (j/k -- I'm really not that pompous)


    sudo - gksudo - kdesu

    The three are superuser (sometimes called Root, which is a tad confusing in light of the fact that your system also has a root), or administrator commands.

    They are used to change settings and modify files that only the administrator is supposed to access.

    Confused about which to use and when? Me too (lol)

    This link provides a great rationale to help you preserve the safety and integrity of your system.

    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/graphicalsudo


    A quick primer before you read this:

    - a graphical application is an application with menus and icons that your mouse has a field day in (leaving your keyboard all sad).

    - gedit and nano are "editors" - applications used to modify textual system information

    - ICE authority - "The iceauth program is used to edit and display the authorization information used in connecting with ICE. This program is usually used to extract authorization records from one machine and merge them in on another" (copied from http://linux.die.net/man/1/iceauth)

    - root privileges - administrator rights to modify system-critical files

    Tag, anyone?

    Cheers,

    ZabiGG
    It's easy to decide when you should use sudo or gksudo

    gksudo: for graphical applications (like gksudo nautilus to open nautilus as root).
    sudo: for use inside the terminal (or launching a file with gedit or something).

    note: you can use sudo instead of gksudo 99% of the time without problems.
    Last edited by billgoldberg; May 14th, 2008 at 09:32 PM.

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    Re: Newbie (n00b) 101 -- A place to start

    Did I forget to say you people are LOVELY?

    I guess I'm gonna have to continue compiling links individually from the main post due to space restrictions. I'll probably get a chance to do so tonight for the new contributions...

    Stay tuned!

    And keep those posts coming ... (must be getting senile in my old age -- redundancy is a sign, right???)

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    Re: Newbie (n00b) 101 -- A place to start

    Thanks Jason

    Another tip (I've seen it in a lot of places already, but it's worth repeating):

    The best way to get an answer fast is to post your problem in the appropriate forum support section.

    Desktop effects problem? Post in Desktop effects
    Networking problem? Networking and Wireless sounds good.

    Just mention you're a newbie and would like easy-to-follow instructions. The great people here will help you!

    Tame the Main Support Categories, fellow newbies... They are your friends!

    Go with the wind! (lol)

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    Last edited by ZabiGG; May 15th, 2008 at 01:52 AM.
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    Re: Newbie (n00b) 101 -- A place to start

    Quote Originally Posted by billgoldberg View Post
    It's easy to decide when you should use sudo or gksudo

    gksudo: for graphical applications (like gksudo nautilus to open nautilus as root).
    sudo: for use inside the terminal (or launching a file with gedit or something).

    note: you can use sudo instead of gksudo 99% of the time without problems.
    I would make that a little clearer.

    sudo: for commands or applications that run in the terminal
    gksu(gksudo): for commands or applications that run with a GUI


    For instance, if you need to edit a file:
    Code:
    gksu gedit /path/to/the/file/filename
    is correct, while sudo wouldn't be there. Why? Gedit is graphical.

    Also, when someone asks you to post a big file or output, be kind to the forums and use
    UBUNTU PASTEBIN
    http://paste.ubuntu.com/
    Just paste the address here, we can go look at your code there.

    And if you're having video card problems, someone may want to take a look at your "xorg.conf". That is a human-readable configuration file for the desktop application. The first command below is to open it, the second is to edit it if necessary:
    Code:
    gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    gksu gedit /etc/X11.xorg.conf

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    Re: Newbie (n00b) 101 -- A place to start

    I thought i'd just post a description of names

    Repository or repo's as its also known is basically a big box of toys, or rather lots of box's of toys.

    sources or sources.list is the map to your box's of toys, they tell the computer where to go and find your toys.

    Synaptic or Synaptic Package Manager or SPM is your interactive program for picking which toys you want.

    Terminal is the command line from which you can weild emmense power mwahahaha!!!

    irc - Internet Relay Chat or It's Really Cool and a great place to find help is #ubuntu or #ubuntuforums-beginners on irc.freenode.net (ubuntu servers form the list on xchat)

    Xchat an irc program. Quite popular

    Hope this helps

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