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    I'd like to learn the ins and outs of it - does anyone have any online resources? I've got some raspberry pi's I could put it on, or other PC equipment. Maybe just start with an overview/the basics. Coming from a MSDOS background.

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    There's some training materials here: http://messui.polygonal-moogle.com/training/index.html (scroll down a bit). It's a bit old though, before bash was invented.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alank2 View Post
    I'd like to learn the ins and outs of it - does anyone have any online resources?
    There's live CDs to try. I've tried several.

    There's versions that run under Windows. I've tried several.

    There's just about everything you can think of to get Linux going.

    I've been reading about it and trying it for years. I was really looking to get into it. If you search this forum you'll undoubtedly find numerous threads where I and others have asked questions about Linux possibilities. And there's lots of answers to those questions.

    All I have to say is that so far I just don't like it at all.

    But I'm surely interested to hear what you discover and end up doing with it. Maybe you'll find an angle that I haven't. That would be nice.

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    I think the biggest question to start with is, what do you want to learn it for? Are you interested in general desktop use? Application development? Server-side hosting/services? Running a MUD? Any/all of the above? The core structures that define the basics of what "Linux"/"Unix" is are fairly minimalistic; the real complexity is in the piles of different applications/frameworks built on top and used for all manner of different things.

    Anyway, if you've got an RPi, you certainly wouldn't go amiss setting yourself up with a basic Raspbian/Devuan install and just messing around.
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    Sorry alank about my inbox. I'll take care of that eventually

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    No worries tipc - I appreciate the message.

    Thanks for the links everyone, I'm really just wanting to get used to linux concepts as I may have to work with it later this year.

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    I haven't even watched it myself yet, but perhaps this might be a useful precursor to learning Linux:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tc4ROCJYbm0

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    I basicly dived in cold turkey and set a P200MMX system up with RedHat 7.3.
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    The Complete Linux Course: Beginner to Power User (over 7 hours):

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wBp0Rb-ZJak


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    As has been mentioned, the bootable Linux on USB drives are a great way to try it out: https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/linu...-the-easy-way/

    Also if you run Windows 10 you can install the WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux), which I've found very handy: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win.../install-win10

    If you are after Linux-specific admin then go the Youtube vids, for non-specific Unix commands and such I still like the timeless 'The UNIX Programming Environment' book by Kernighan and Pike. Very old, but beautifully, beautifully written: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Un...ng_Environment

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