A guide for Linux beginner

The Linux tutorials are collections of Linux theory and practical guides base on real imitation, done on Slackware and Ubuntu server distributions of Linux operating system. Linux tutorials are divided into four main sections.

  1. Linux basic concepts, installation and troubleshooting
  2. Linux commands
  3. Linux administration
  4. Linux network

The first step into the Linux world is to get to know Linux. So one of the objective of Linux tutorials is to let user understands what Linux is and how Linux basically works. The Linux basic concepts, installation and troubleshooting section will introduce a brief history of Linux operating system, basic knowledge of Linux environment, and understand why there are many Linux distributions in the market.

On the first few topics in the Linux basic tutorials section, the stress is put on the installation topic. In the Linux world, installation is a vital step. Unsupported hardware and hard disk partitioning are two of major issues in Linux world. Although it's not as critical as in the early days, it's nothing to lose to take these three precautions:

  1. Preparing the pre-installation checklist
  2. Choose Linux installation method
  3. Prepare installation documentation

Those Linux tutorials above required some readings and should give some exposure on the installation itself. To give more insight about Linux installation, there are two famous Linux distribution installation screenshots, Slackware and Ubuntu server in the tutorials. There is also a simple review about major Linux distributions to help new user chooses a distribution that will suit their need.

The final objective in this section is to give a clear sight about Linux system. User will now reviewing events that has happened during the installation process and system startup. There is also a basic installation troubleshooting in case problems occurred. Other topics in this final section of the first Linux tutorials including Linux terminal and file system overview.

So new user who says he/she knows nothing about Linux can visit Linux basic concepts, installation and troubleshooting tutorials to learn some basic stuffs about Linux. It's true that Linux has large community in the internet. You can have almost all tutorials about task you need to do with Linux online. But you definitely need basic Linux knowledge, otherwise you will face hard time later when dealing with customization networking and server setup.

Now that the Linux system is already there, user can finally take part in the practical guide to explore Linux. In the past, Linux beginners always wonder, what should they do after Linux has been installed in their computer. A few years back, most Linux distributions boot into shell terminal. User log in into their system and get shell prompt. That's when the question hit. What should I do now? Well, the Linux tutorials here have the answer.

You have to study people's language before you speak with them. The same goes with Linux. To speak with Linux, you have to study Linux language which is the Linux commands. The second section of Linux tutorials is all about that, Linux commands. The Linux commands guide is a selected important commands which has been compiled into several groups they are related to, for example there are group of commands used to manage user account, and a group of commands to handle files. All command tutorials are, practically based on everyday system administrator's job. The purpose is to let user do the real job while at the same time learn the Linux commands. However at this stage, Linux tutorials are real basic and simple, intended for Linux first time user. It was prepared in actual stages that every Linux user has experienced in their early days. This two in one study concept will help user understand and familiar with Linux environment faster than reading books.

Now, for a user who says he/she doesn't know what to do with Linux and where to start, the next tutorial, Introduction to Linux commands should shed some lights for you. Linux is different from windows operating system. You need to learn Linux commands to take full advantage of Linux. Even though there are many graphical interface tools available nowadays, some task still needs to be run in command line terminal. It's not that Linux is primitive, but Linux command line implementation is different from windows. Mastering Linux command makes you control the operating system.

The Linux administration is the third section of Linux tutorials. The tutorials cover basic system administration such as Linux file permissions and ownerships, create and view files, compress and archive files, mount and unmount devices, administer Linux daemons, Linux software packages and package management system. Check the next tutorial, Introduction to Linux administration for more information about basic Linux administration.

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