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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Learning The Shell - One More Thing

Don't sweat learning every command that can be used in the shell prompt. Just become familiar with the fact that the shell is there and it is a powerful tool that you will need to use from time to time. You'll learn the commands as you need and use them.


Friday, March 28, 2008

Learning The Shell

Okay, you've installed your Linux OS of choice (Kubuntu, Kubuntu, Kubuntu) and love the way it looks and operates. It's fast, looks cool, and has lots of cool programs on it. Now you are ready to venture out and install your own programs. You've probably noticed by now that Linux may look like Windows but it is definitely not the same. Just forget what you know about Windows for now and pretend you are looking at a computer for the first time. There...That's better.

You've also probably heard about "the shell". What the heck is shell? Why are all these people in the user forums talking about typing a command like "fdisk -l" in the shell? Where the heck is the shell? Where are they typing all this crap????? Ahhhhh!!!!!

Calm down. It's okay. Remember back in your Windows days where you could select Start, Run, then type "cmd" and a black screen would pop up (DOS)? Well, that is what the shell is in Linux. It's the window into your operating system without the nice GUI (Graphical User Interface) on top. There are a lot of Linux and DOS boxes running in this world without a GUI. It's all command line / shell interface. It's good for servers and such but not so good for creating office documents or spread sheets.

So...first things first. Learn about the shell because you will want to use it. Follow this link and read it from end to end. Bookmark it for future reference.

Finding your shell interface is quite easy but it depends on the version of Linux you are using. In Kubuntu, it is the black icon in the system tray at the bottom of the screen. You can also select "K" (the start button) then "Shell".



Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Data Dump Of All My Linux Knowledge

For no apparent reason, I decided to start playing with Linux on my desktop computer. I had Windows XP and was satisfied with it mainly because - well - that was all that I had ever used. I had heard that Linux was difficult to use, all command line, and limited GUI. None of those things attracted me. However, I had also heard that it was immune to the Windows viruses that pollute the internet and that it ran much faster on older machines, like mine, than did Windows. Now that did interest me so I dove in.

Chances are, if you are reading this blog, then you have already taken that plunge or you are about to. You then are a Linux Noob like me. I've been using Kubuntu for only a few months now so I still qualify as a Noob. Welcome to the club!

Why the blog? Well, as a Noob I am always learning so I decided to blog all the things that I discover in my Linux journey in a way to help other Noobs like me. I intend to post some of my favorite and most useful links because, eventually, you will need them. For example, one day you will want to network your Linux machine to a Windows machine. Do you know how? Or you may want to buy a printer for your Linux box - which ones are Linux friendly? What the heck is a sda1, hda1, sdb1, etc? I've been there. Done that.

So. Stay tuned. I'll slowly build this blog into something useful.