Beginners guide to Linux

Martin Brinkmann
May 5, 2006
Updated • May 4, 2013

It is never easy to start with a new activity or learn something new. This is true for all things in life and computers are not any different than other things in life. I have been talking to many of my friends lately about operating systems and I got the impression that many would make the switch to Linux if there would be some sort of standard, some fire and forget Linux that you install just like Windows XP for instance. With Vista on the doorstep and TCPA (Paladium, whatever it is called now) in the making, changing to Linux becomes attractive even for users who don't want to spend hours or even days learning the ins and outs of the operating system before they finally feel confident making the full switch to it.

I'm babbling, forgive me. I found a comprehensive Linux guide which gives you a good understanding of the Linux operating system. The guide visualizes everything with screenshots and code tags to assist new users even more. If you ever thought of switching this guide might be just what you've been waiting for.

Lets take a quick look at what the guide has to offer. The guide is divided into eleven chapters about Linux, and three appendices. The first chapter acts as an introduction to Linux, going briefly over distributions and other things that are  different in comparison to Windows or Mac OS.

The second chapter acts as a quick start guide to Linux, explaining basic concepts such as logging in and off, and the most important commands that Linux users should now even if they do not plan to use the shell a lot.

Once that is off the table it continues with chapters about files and the file system, Linux processes, the home directory, printing under Linux, and backup techniques. The appendices link to useful books and sites about Linux, offer a comparison of Dos and Linux commands, and describe common Shell features.

The guide is still a good read as of today, even though it has been written in 2006 and last updated in 2008. Just remember that Linux progressed a lot since it was written.


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  1. mick riley said on May 6, 2006 at 6:21 pm

    Spread the word,brother Martin.
    Free the people from microbox slavery !!!

  2. Martin said on May 6, 2006 at 8:46 am
  3. Iain said on May 6, 2006 at 3:44 am

    such a build-up… but without the link i am strangely disappointed! :)

  4. Freddie said on May 6, 2006 at 2:51 am

    Ok, I’m sold but also blind. Where is the link for this great linux guide?

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