"Much of my background is in maintaining Windows and NetWare
systems. I played with Linux for a while and seriously got into it
within the last year. So the five tips that I present below are a
direct result of my learning experience...
"First, Linux is capable of being administered via either an X
windows system such as Gnome or KDE or via the command-line
interface, which is what I prefer for most administration tasks.
For Windows administrators new to Linux, often the choice is one of
the graphical interfaces. I prefer KDE over Gnome because of KDE's
tighter component integration and ease of use. In addition, KDE is
capable of a more Windows-like look and feel, which will help
Windows folks make the transition. While I will be the first to
admit that I'm not a master Linux system administrator, having to
change the screen resolution via text files for Gnome is an
annoyance to me. For that and other reasons, I have chosen to use
KDE for my systems.
"While all of your end-user Linux desktops will mostly likely
need a graphical environment, for some of my systems, I only run it
when I need to. For example, when installing a Web server, I
generally start and run Apache from the command line and then log
out. This allows the system to use the resources that would
normally be used by the X services to serve up more Web