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RE: Linux for newbies
From: "Shawn Jackson" <sjackson () horizonusa com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 12:48:47 -0800


        I stared out using RHL (Red Hat Linux), albeit back in the 6.2
days. I've heard good things about Mandrake and SuSE, a fellow admin of
mine swears by SuSE Linux. Personally I swear by RHL and OpenBSD. Once
you got the hang of 'easy' Linux try Debian or Gentoo, which are far
less on the 'plug and play' side. Instead of grabbing RHL 9.0 I suggest
you get a copy of Fedora instead, I've installing the code on a test
system, and so far it works ok.

        To anyone trying to learn *NIX and is more a visual learner I
suggest you grab a copy of this:
http://www.cbtnuggets.com/webapp/product?id=44. I had them for my Linux+
and it's a great 'fundamentals' videos. As always, http://www.linux.org
is your best stop to lean about the distro's.

        Hope this helps and good luck!

Shawn Jackson
Systems Administrator
Horizon USA
1190 Trademark Dr #107
Reno NV 89521
www.horizonusa.com
 
Email: sjackson () horizonusa com
Phone: (775) 858-2338
       (800) 325-1199 x338

-----Original Message-----
From: Matt Atkins [mailto:matthewsatkins () msn com] 
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2003 2:22 PM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Linux for newbies

First of all, I want to tell all of you what a great mailing list this
is.  
I am just starting to scratch the surface of network security, and this
list 
is the major source of my information, ideas, and motivation to learn.

In my first of many posts, I would like to ask the group what flavor of 
Linux is recommended for a newbie.  I have no experience with Linux, and

want to teach myself the ins and outs.  I will probably be purchasing a
book 
or 2 to help get things off the ground, so a good book recommendation
would 
also be appreciated.

Thanks in advance and I look forward to your suggestions.

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