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Nov 17, 2009, 18:33 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Learning Linux: Read All About It

"Linux has a reputation for being complex, and while that isn't necessarily true, it can seem so at first if you don't make the effort to discover a few of the basics. If you're unfamiliar with this open-source operating system, your first step should be to read up on the subject in advance.

""Linux is actually much easier to use than is commonly assumed," said Nick Carr, marketing director of Red Hat Inc. "Still, it will doubtless feel strange to a Windows user at first."

"Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to learn how Linux works, how to set it up, discover the important tips and tricks, and countless other helpful facts. Reading an introduction book on Linux is the best way to start. "There are numerous books available that can help someone learn Linux," said Chip Nickolett, senior director of consulting and systems engineering at Ingres Corp. "Books published by O'Reilly are generally good."Joining a Linux community is another smart step. Most online groups are receptive to new users. If you have questions, the community is usually very willing to help answer them. You'll also find plenty of Linux 101 educational classes or online tutorials. According to Chip Nickolett, the following sites offer, or link to, free basic Linux training:"

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