[SATLUG] Hello.

Donald L Wilcox dwilcox at neonnightrider.com
Wed Jul 13 13:52:02 CDT 2011

Hi Keith,

I started with playing around on web servers, but the first real install I did was Arch Linux 0.96. It's a good distro to understand because most of the work (at least in 2005) has to be done by you. If you want a GUI desktop environment, you've got to find/install the packages, and in a few cases, I also had to compile a lot of software on my own. The biggest headache (and probably most helpful in learning Linux) was setting up wireless ethernet on Arch. Here's the URL: http://www.archlinux.org/

As for courses, I don't know of any. I take a class at UTSA that is "supposed" to teach Linux, but it hardly teaches it from a practical standpoint. It's just a convenient way of teaching C by compiling with gcc instead of whatever they have on XP.

Donald Wilcox
Web Developer
Phone: (210) 651-2087
Cell: (313) 478-6323
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/donaldwilcoxjr

-----Original Message-----
From: "Jeremy Mann" <jeremymann at gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 13:45
To: "The San Antonio Linux User's Group Mailing List" <satlug at satlug.org>
Subject: Re: [SATLUG] Hello.

On Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 1:22 PM, K B <kbecvar at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> Hi everyone.
> I am interested in learning more about Linux. I have dabbled in it for several years but now I am ready to plunge deeper into its inner workings.
> Are there courses available to further my interests or am I better off learning more on my own?

Hello Keith! Probably the best way to learn more about Linux is to
start from scratch and build your own system using Linux From Scratch.
You get to know a lot of the under lying routines, how to compile
source code, how to use patch, Kernel configs, system configurations,
etc... Once you know what happens underneath the GUI you will
appreciate it more.

Jeremy Mann
jeremy at biochem.uthscsa.edu

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