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Noob needs Linux (Ubuntu) guidance....
Previous | Next by ralph 04 May, 2006 - 2:35 AM

So, I'm attempting (again) to join the ranks of the Linux geeks. A few days ago I installed Ubuntu on my machine. I'd like to get away from windows eventually, but I need a lot of help and really need to build my knowledge base.

What I'm looking for (looking at you, muhgcee), is someplace I can find out how to really use the OS. How to install programs, drivers, tweak my system, etc. I know that I need to change my video driver, for instance, but I don't even know how to do it. Is there basically a "Ubuntu for Dummies" book or forum out there? I've found the Ubuntu forums, but is there a book?

Thanks in advance. I could use all the help I can get. It's been awhile since I've learned a new OS.

5/4/2006 >> muhgcee

There might be a good book on Ubuntu, but there is definitely a good book on Debian, which is what Ubuntu is based on.

Also, I was planning on checking out Kubuntu, which is Ubuntu but designed for KDE, after reading this:

I will type more later...girlfriend shoving me out the door :)

5/4/2006 >> muhgcee

Yeah, so the nice thing about Debian, and hence Ubuntu, is its package manager: apt
To install a program, type "apt-get install programname". It will download and install the program for you, along with any dependencies. Of course, you have to run it as root. Not sure how much of a n00b you are, but you become root with the "su" command. For a "better" way of doing it, use "sudo", but this complication can be added later.
Sometimes apt can be a little tricky though...if you want a program but call it by the wrong name, apt won't offer any help. So you'll want to search for it using the "apt-cache" command.

You'll want to spend at least 15 or so minutes reading up on apt...use the man pages. "man apt", "man apt-get", "man apt-cache".

Are you a Unix noob, or just a Linux noob? I can offer some more pointers.

Also, this is very useful for working with the command line: a tutorial I wrote on using the "screen" command

One more thing...I haven't used this much myself, but I heard this is very nice: Ubuntu Wiki

5/4/2006 >> ralph

i'm pretty much a noob in all aspects of unix. thanks for the pointers, though. I'm sure it'll come in handy. I'll let you know how things are progressing.

5/9/2006 >> muhgcee

How goes the Ubuntuing?

5/9/2006 >> ralph

I plan on spending some real time on my computer either tonight or tomorrow...I've been so busy the past week that I haven't really had time to play around...I'll let you know though. Thanks muhgcee.

5/9/2006 >> ralph

hey muhgcee, what's your AIM (or other) sn?

5/9/2006 >> muhgcee

AIM: muhgceeaty
Google Chat: muhgcee (on this more)

Not on IM much, might be easier to reach me by email:

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