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Old 04-01-2002
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Hi there,

I am completely new to this forum but it say's it's for complete newbies too Smilie

I have some questions:

1: I want to learn Linux and some basic Unix commands. Is it best to install a text version of Linux/Unix? (to get to know the commands, instead of a shell app)

2: Are there some good command-line versions of Linux available under the GPL? If so: where can they be found :?

3: Can programs like apache webserver, and MySQL and stuff even function under only a command-line setup?


Sorry if this seems a little simple (use the search, rtfm and so on) but it is hard to find info about how to start off, mostly because you just don't know what most things mean yet.

I just want to know how to maintain a small server, and a basic Unix/Linux setup...

I would appreciate any help Smilie
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Old 04-01-2002
Once you have got your Unix/Linux....a really useful thing to help you in learning is a man page (manual page) which you can access in most flavours of Unix with the command

man intro

This will give you a lengthy list of tips and commands and descriptions of how the thing works..... I would suggest a book though as it will increase your speed of learning by about 1 million.

Check out the FAQ link in this site for some good books.

Good luck.

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Old 04-02-2002

So a book is still the fastest way to learn....

Well, I guess I'll find some good books, but they are really expensive Smilie

Good thing I just got a new job Smilie

Still one question: wich Linux/Unix should I be looking for ?
I'll find it if you or someone else could mention a name Smilie

Thanks a bundle!
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Old 04-02-2002
Quite numbers of them all around.. you can see Caldera, SuSe, RH Etc. Check those respective vendors webpage. Also check your system requirements too.
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Old 04-02-2002
I know all those (heard off them that is).
Also I used Mandrake 8.0 for a while wich actually worked quite well Smilie

But I'm looking for a text based version.

Or can I install say Mandrake/RH 7.2 in a "command-line mode" ?
I thought you always had to choose a GUI for those ???

/me is going to give it a try anyway, removing is easy if it isn't possible Smilie
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Old 04-03-2002
Yes, it should be. You could either not install X, or set it up so your X server does not start upon bootup. The way I have most of my systems set up at home is this way, but if I want into a GUI for something, I can simply type "startx".

A good way for you to learn might be to set everything up in X the way you want it (networking, etc) first, then stick with command line for a while and figure out what files the GUI modified to set it up. There's no sense in banging your head against the wall just trying to get your system online from CL right off... Have fun with it!
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Old 04-03-2002
Okay, thanks.
I'll set up my internet/kable stuff first and then use the command-line to learn it in side out Smilie

I'll have fun with it, trust me Smilie
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