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Sunday, 17 October 2010

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It may come as a surprise, heck perhaps even a shock - but I confess to being a complete Microsoft addict. I decided to crack my shell (turn over a new leaf, etc) and get a bit more into Linux. My work and home PCs now sport Ubuntu and to get to know it I spent the weekend learning-some-stuff.

For anyone reading that has been thinking to have a look at Linux - here's my Rough and Ready Guide to Cracking you Linux Shell! (ahh... witty tech references ;)

ENJOY!
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The instructions assume you're on a PC.

1) Get Linux
The first thing I did was install Ubuntu http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop a free Linux based operating system. After installation your PC will have a dual boot menu where you pick Windows or Ubuntu.

2) Learn what Linux is

With that installed I spent a few hours going through this Linux tutorial via a terminal window (DOS box) in Ubuntu.
http://info.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Teaching/Unix/

If you've used DOS commands in a terminal window before you'll get what this tutorial is going on about.

3) Do another tutorial

Similar to the one above but another perspective but repetition helps the learning. Skip the first few lessons, review lesson 4 for context then bounce straight to Lesson 5.
http://www.linux.org/lessons/beginner/l4/lesson4c.html

4) Learn Some Bash Scripting

In summary, take the above basic commands and rock onto something a bit more useful.
http://www.linuxconfig.org/Bash_scripting_Tutorial

Let me know how you get on!

Mark.