So, oh sage travellers of the Linux road, please give me some next steps on my journey, please, for which I will express deserved appreciation (promise!) -- dbceee
arochester, thanks for your reply!What are you looking for? More Ubuntu? Something else? http://askubuntu.com/questions/51566/what-is-the-best-place-for-learning-how-to-use-ubuntu
There is an idea: Use Ubuntu and learn Ubuntu, use (e.g.) Slackware and learn Linux...
If you are looking for something else then the basic specs of you computer might be useful. You need to decide if you are staying with .deb type distros - so what you have learned from Ubuntu might be relevant- or .rpm (Redhat Package Management) type distros, or more specialised distros e.g. Arch, Gentoo, Slackware...
videodrome, thanks for your reply, I wouldn't consider myself an Ubuntu beginner (was I too metaphorical or obtuse in what I opened with?). Rather I'd say I can get around in Ubuntu quite well. I don't write code or my own programs for Ubuntu, but I am quite proficient with the GUI and know how to get things done and get around somethings, too.If the OP wants to try other Distros, I'd suggest Debian or other Debian based Distros. It makes sense to me because Ubuntu is built on Debian so it would keep things simple to stick with the Debian distro family.
Also, I think plain Debian would be more minimal. Someone wanting to learn could try adding different things to it such as the Wifi drivers, Flashplayer, or even different Desktop Environments. Also, because Ubuntu is built on Debian, the command line shouldn't be radically different.
Another distro the OP might find interesting is MEPIS Linux which is also built on Debian and includes the KDE desktop. Command Line should be familiar but with a different desktop experience.
Linux Mint is worth a look to and might offer an Ubuntu user more interesting desktops. I think the Linux Mint with Xfce desktop is nice for low power systems.
For a beginner, I would suggest avoiding things based on Slackware or RedHat. I think it will just get you really confused with the different command line. Also, avoid FreeBSD or other BSDs which are actually Unix and not Linux. I will also suggest avoiding Arch Linux or even Manjaro. Manjaro isn't to difficult, but it does not have the familiar Debian command line. I think an Ubuntu beginner would want to Apt-Get Install and not know about the Pacman -S thing.
To become a Linux master, you should learn the following (or at least try them and get a basic understanding) -
The following is not a criticism of the person who posted it or even a reference to him. I am posting this for general reference for those who may read this thread and benefit from it.I wouldn't consider myself an Ubuntu beginner (was I too metaphorical or obtuse in what I opened with?). Rather I'd say I can get around in Ubuntu quite well. I don't write code or my own programs for Ubuntu, but I am quite proficient with the GUI and know how to get things done and get around somethings, too.
Many thanks, Devyn, I will muse upon your learned prose as I peck away at my keyboard, for I have posted such nearby... Love the "7 Linux Commandments"! PTo become a Linux master, you should learn the following (or at least try them and get a basic understanding) -
- Learn shell scripting (Unix shell such as Bash)
- Try all (or most) of the different desktop interfaces - (XFCE, LXDE, GNOME, Unity, RatPoison, Mate, etc.)
- Try various distros (at least one Debian-based, RedHat-based, Slackware-based, and one Puppy Linux)
- Understand the Linux kernel (http://www.linux.org/threads/the-linux-kernel-introduction.4203/)
- Love Linux with all your RAM, storage, and CPU.
- Thou shalt remove all traces of the Blue Empire (Microsuck)
- Thou shalt have no other operating systems before Linux.
To become a Lord of Linux, complete all seven steps and learn all of the information needed to earn your Linux+ certification. The exam is one that can only be beaten by mighty Linux users. This monster will try to beat you. To get past the troll to enter the testing site, you must show valid identification and give $178USD as tribute to face the beast. If the beast kills you, thou shalt recover for a week before the beast will allow you in its presence.
Hell, if you really want to learn linux, first try Slackware or like-derived distros such as Salix ( a variety of DEs/WMs are available, even ratpoison) which uses slapt-get package manager, derived from Debian-based apt-get pkg mgr. Salix "eases the pain" of learning Slackware, which could be the next step in the process, as a suggestion.
Bovine excrement.You could try plain old Debian, but, it is a lot of configuring and tweaking. A lot.
Such people most probably grew up with Windows and never even looked at DOS or used theCareful. Many people will accuse you of being a Linux elitist.