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Linux Magazine: Getting the Most Out of Linux

Sep 30, 2000, 18:39 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lou Grinzo)

[ Thanks to Robert McMillan for this link. ]

"Linux, like all modern operating systems, has more nooks and crannies than a bargeload of English muffins. That means figuring out the best way to do something with Linux, or even knowing that you can do it in the first place, can be a challenge. And just to make matters even more interesting, Linux and its major components are all improving and changing at an astonishing rate. Whether you're a long-time user or a rookie who's just installed Linux for the first time, taming the complexity of your system and figuring out how to get the most out of it is an ongoing adventure."

"That's why we're presenting our first annual all-tips article, to help you find the most direct path possible from what you want to do to how to do it with Linux. We're going to take a look at four different facets of using Linux -- checking system status, configuring your system, X/ KDE/GNOME, and working with RPM files -- and present our favorite shortcuts, hints, and tricks."

"Before we get to the tips it's worth pointing out a few details. First, most of the commands we are presenting here are intended to be run from the command line. ... Second, most of these commands have many options beyond the ones we're showing. The quickest and easiest way to find out more about these commands is by using their man pages. ... And last but certainly not least, be careful when editing configuration files such as XF86Config or fstab. Always make a backup copy of the file before you change it, and make sure you have a way to restore that file if something goes wrong."

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