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#1 2014-11-18 00:23:05

mtnspine
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Registered: 2014-11-17
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Any suggested threads/reading for a newb?

#! was my first linux distro about a year ago.  After too much reading about so many distros, I knew this was where I wanted to be.  But, alas, #! is not for the faint of heart (or the n00b), and i found myself wildly distro-hopping.  I wanted something completely customizable, an os that I teach me it's inner workings, but as a beginner i NEEDED something that would work out of the box.  And my old netbook has its own needs as well.  several flavors of ubuntu came next, but it didn't last long, then came debian, mint, a music production suite with kde (which was very resource hungry), and many many others that I can't remember.

the point is that now i'm back home and ready for the challenge (i think) of using cli and editing .conf files.  my progress has been pretty slow, just solving issues as they come up, and trying to absorb my reading, lacking guidance,  i've gotten in over my head more often than not, and run into many dead ends.   

so here i am, and if anyone has any suggested reading i would love a good starting point.  particular interests include, nerdy music stuff,  alsa vs jack vs etc.,  networking type stuff (samba/ssh/nas),  security, and lots of help with bash.  also, is irc a good resource for info?

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#2 2014-11-18 00:28:40

lcafiero
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From: Felton, California, USA
Registered: 2011-07-21
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Re: Any suggested threads/reading for a newb?

If you want an actual book (though it may come in e-book form, too), one called "The Linux Command Line" by William Shotts is a good way to learn the command line and what it does (and why). You might be able to find it in your library if you don't want to shell out the $30 or so for the book. But there is a wealth of info on the web, and if memory serves, there's a thread about free e-books somewhere on this forum.

Happy reading!


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#3 2014-11-18 00:55:19

Forthy
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Registered: 2012-01-16
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Re: Any suggested threads/reading for a newb?

lcafiero wrote:

...  if memory serves, there's a thread about free e-books somewhere on this forum.

Happy reading!

http://crunchbang.org/forums/viewtopic.php?id=30382

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#4 2014-11-18 02:40:10

lcafiero
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Re: Any suggested threads/reading for a newb?

That's it! Thanks, Forthy.


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#5 2014-11-18 02:58:18

KrunchTime
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From: not where I belong
Registered: 2012-03-02
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Re: Any suggested threads/reading for a newb?

mtnspine wrote:

...my progress has been pretty slow, just solving issues as they come up, and trying to absorb my reading, lacking guidance,  i've gotten in over my head more often than not, and run into many dead ends.

First, welcome back to the distro and the forums.

Basically, solving issues as they come up is probably the best way to learn.  Also reading other member's problems and suggested solutions here in the forums is also a great way to learn.

I would also recommend getting a subscription to Linux Format or Linux Voice or both if you can afford it.  You'll get spoon fed once a month about Linux distros, coding, games, apps, news, etc.  See links in my signature.

A really good site for Linux news, tips, and FOSS apps is LXER; reference my signature for the link.

It's tempting to try to learn a lot at once, but I think it's better to take small steps as you have been doing.  Otherwise, you may get confused and frustrated and possibly throw up your hands and decide (wrongly) that Linux isn't for you.

I wish you the best in your discovery of Linux and this wonderful distro.

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#6 2014-11-18 08:00:56

Head_on_a_Stick
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Registered: 2014-01-21
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Re: Any suggested threads/reading for a newb?

Hello & welcome (back) to #!

Here are some links to get you started:
http://linux-training.be/files/books/ht … index.html
https://www.edx.org/course/linuxfoundat … ction-1621
http://mywiki.wooledge.org/BashGuide

Debian specific:
http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debia … ex.en.html
http://debian-handbook.info/browse/stable/

And of course the legend that is the ArchWiki:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/

There is also the Debian wiki:
https://wiki.debian.org/
But by their own admission the search engine sucks, so just search startpage.com with "debian wiki" appended to the search terms.

Happy learning!
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