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Re: Linux for newbies
From: Tomas Wolf <tomas () skip cz>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2003 00:06:14 -0700

Hello,

I must say that I'm also a newbie with Linux. I'm playing with it for two years now and I'm scratching the surface :-)... But I have tried three different distributions of Linux - Mandrake, Red Hat, and Debian. To me, the easiest to install is Mandrake, with a small lead before Red Hat... Out of those three, the most confusing installation is Debian. But that is a matter of an oppinion. Because as nice as Mandrake & Red Hat are (the guis and ease of installation), that much each of the flawors has its own standards... Not that Debian doesn't, but pretty much any compilation I did on Debian worked as it should have (sometimes with minor tweaks), while RH & Mandrake were sometimes pain to work with when it came to compiling some programs. So I would go with Mandrake if you want to have it "out-of-box" working and all nice looking, but if you go for the functionality... Most definitely Debian. But be avare though, it has a huge base of additional software (7 CDs).

And about books... I was reading one that is great for newbie like me. My UNIX teacher refered to it and it payed off. I like that book, it takes it one step at a time, while explaining the reasons behind the scenes. And after this I would also grab a book about shell scripting and C programming... Shell scripting is just amazingly flexible and with the programs (internal & external) one can make well automatized systems.

 Anyway, good luck...
Tomas

Matt Atkins wrote:
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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