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Question Help: "Newbie" looking to Program

Hey everyone! I'm new to the forums, and very curious in UNIX.

Presently, I'm running my laptop on Windows Vista Home Premium, which I hear is very limiting in the amount of coding it can do. I'm looking to learn how to start programming. I want to learn Python, C/C++, Java, Perl, and LISP, in the most user-friendly OS possible. What UNIX OS is the best for beginner looking to learn the fundamentals of programming?

And aside from that, does anyone here have any advice for me, as a first-time rookie? I have no programming experience whatsoever, save for some SQL databasing that I managed for a private World of Warcraft server that I maintained.

Thanks in advance! Smilie
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symlink - Creates a symbolic link

bool symlink (string $target, string $link) DESCRIPTION
symlink(3) creates a symbolic link to the existing $target with the specified name $link. PARAMETERS
o $target - Target of the link. o $link - The link name. RETURN VALUES
Returns TRUE on success or FALSE on failure. CHANGELOG
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