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want to learn linux and which is best distro

Link to this post 14 Jul 13

I want to learn and understand Linux. What are some of the best books or ways to learn and understand.
I am 56yo but have a computer repair business servicing Windows users. I am very fluent in Windows and want to be in Linux.

I have looked at Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Linux Mint. I am reading about the distros in Linux User & Developer and the Linux and Open Source guide.

Any insight is welcome I am a newbie

Link to this post 17 Jul 13

There is an old quote "If you want to Learn Ubuntu use Ubuntu, if you want to learn Linux use Slackware". That is what really pushed me into Linux, I decided while in college one day to remove all windows systems and replace them with Slackware (when I was only using windows), this forced me to learn everything from scratch in order to satisfy my daily needs. This is an extreme way to learn quickly, but it also works providing that you do not just revert.

In the world of Unix and computers in general all books are out-of-date before they are published. MY honest recommendation is to reimage your primary workstation at home with only a Linux Distro and rely on finding mailing-list and forum posts for direction as they will be the most current and relevant.

To learn the guts and administration the best way to learn is from a less "new user" oriented distribution such as Arch, Gentoo, Debian or Slackware. All of the listed distro can do everything that Ubuntu can but in these cases you must do the research and legwork to get things running, with that you also feel the satisfaction of learning about the core and how everything fits together.

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