[SATLUG] info, advice training

hc at lookcee.com hc at lookcee.com
Wed Dec 29 00:55:24 CST 2010

Ernest you are so right, I will also add since the distro is Ubuntu 10.10 for any search at all I always use that phrase first and it really narrows the search down for a 'distro how to' and I prefix a Linux general tech ? with Linux ...

I think the most confusing thing for me was I did not understand root, nor dot files, nor permissions and the command line paralyzed me. Especially since I also did not understand that you should cd (same as DOS change directory) into the directory that contains the data that the command is concerned with. 

I do not recall ever finding a doc that list those and lots of other simple things that is assumed that you know how to do the first steps, perhaps Renee will document one, lol. 

Anyway good luck and have fun.

-----Original Message-----
From: "Ernest De Leon" <edeleonjr at gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, December 28, 2010 23:08
To: "The San Antonio Linux User's Group Mailing List" <satlug at satlug.org>
Subject: Re: [SATLUG] info, advice training

When you are first learning Linux, there is an awkward phase I like to call
'the void.' This is where your tinkering has got you so far, you have an
idea how deep you can go with Linux, but there is a huge gap in between that
you aren't too sure about. Linux's greatest strength is also its greatest
weakness - the community. The problem is that most Linux users forget their
period early on when they were learning. They tell other users to RTFM or
Google it. While Googling something can get you some results, what if you
don't know what exactly to Google?

The best advice I can give is to get a book like (
and go 'project' by 'project'. This will give you a better idea of how
things work as you go through. This also lets you know where to 'bridge out'
and learn new things. Google will help if you run into any road blocks along
the way, and sometimes the best way to use Google is to search for the
errors that you encounter. Just copy and paste them into the search field.
If you get no hits, start trimming from the end and keep hitting enter. :)

Once you get past that book, move into something like (
and (

Lastly, you can go with a book like (
to take the 'shotgun' approach to it all.

It goes without saying that I recommend Ubuntu for learning and day to day
use. I even run it in large production environments, but most will use
RedHat or CentOS in prod environments. It's all up to you. There are also
lots of resources online in both text and video (youtube). Just search for
specific topics or do a general search for 'Ubuntu' in youtube and have fun.

Hope this helps.

Message void if penguin is violated...
Don't mess with the penguin.

On Tue, Dec 28, 2010 at 3:03 PM, Renee Dockery <rdockery84 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I have no real computer training. I learned how to use a computer after
> being given a used one in 1997. After getting tired of Windows, I switched
> to Ubuntu about 2 years ago. Everything I've learned has been by using the
> computers, and some occasional forum reading, and books when I needed help.
> I would really like to know more about how Linux works. Can anyone
> recommend
> a good, inexpensive online or local course(s)? I've also thought of
> learning
> computer repair. Does anyone know of courses that don't require Windows
> training?
> I'm mostly interested in learning for my own benefit. But if I can earn a
> few dollars here and there with my new knowledge, that would be great, too.
> Thanks for your help!
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