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List of blogs to learn more about Ubuntu

What is the best way to learn linux? Is there a scheduled book or a site for looking regularly? I am a beginner and want to learn (finally transfer everything to linux) all a user need :)

For being more specific there are lots of sources on web but also there are lots of things to learn to learn sth :) And that means lots of time. I am open to all kind of advice. Thanks

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marked as duplicate by Jorge Castro, Rafał Cieślak, Tachyons, N.N., Rinzwind Dec 1 '12 at 20:27

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I don't this this is a duplicate of that post. List of blogs is more specific, this seem to be more of a general question. – coteyr Dec 1 '12 at 20:29
Akif, sorry it got closed, I don't agree, but I understand. Perhaps you can rephrase the question and it can be re-opened if the one it was marked a duplicate doesn't work for you. – coteyr Dec 1 '12 at 20:35
I rephased it. Is it ok now? (: – Akif Dec 1 '12 at 20:41
Please read the FAQ! "You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page. Your questions should be reasonably scoped. If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much." – Jorge Castro Dec 1 '12 at 20:43
This might be a better fit on the forums: – Jorge Castro Dec 1 '12 at 20:43
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Alright I got you!

Linux Survival!

Basic Command line skills


Really transferable in that what you learn to do through bash on debian you can do on most other distros.

The Debian Administrators Handbook!

Come up with projects to do yourself, learn by doing. I can't stress that enough. Lemme know if any of this helps!

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These are some really good books, I don't think books work well, but that's my opinion. If your a hard core book person these are pretty good. – coteyr Dec 1 '12 at 20:28
I am open to all kind of advice. Thanks. – Akif Dec 1 '12 at 20:34
"Ubuntu Unleashed" is also a good read. – Seth Dec 2 '12 at 1:57

I have been asked this before and I always give the same advise. It is sometimes not well received, but it works quite well and has helped migrate about 20 or so people that I personally know over.

Make a list of applications

Make a list of applications that you use on a daily basis. Try to list everything. If you use notepad, then list notepad. Assume nothing. When I went from mac to ubuntu this last time, I made the list. So for example:

  • Sublime Text
  • Transmit
  • Chrome
  • rvm
  • git tower (and soon).

The leap of faith

Next, using either a totally new hard drive, and removing your windows/mac one (if you can afford it), or by totally erasing windows (can't erase mac because of the hardware issues), Install Ubuntu. Do NOT DUAL BOOT. People who dual boot, in my experience, just end up booting to windows when they get lost instead of educating your self. By having the second hard drive you have an option, but your naturally inclined to try to find a solution in Linux first. Again IMO, don't dual boot. Install Ubuntu only.

OMG What have I done

Be prepared for some down time. Linux is actually much easier to use then windows. However, there is a period of adjustment where you still try to do things the windows way. Like spending time looking for a "start menu" when you just use the dash in Unity. This is even more true on some smaller issues. For example, "How do I copy and paste?". There are three clipboards in Linux (though people usually only use 2 of them). Getting your head around those types of changes can be tricky. Just persist, and power through it. Once you get over "the start menu should be in the bottom left" phase, everything goes lightning smooth.

Application Usage

So having a Ubuntu computer that you can't do with what you want to do, is about as useful as a pen without ink. Take your application list and start looking for alternatives. Most applications will have either Linux versions or alternatives. Some will not. For example:

  • Sublime Text 2 - Linux Native version
  • Transmit - No alternative though filezilla does what little I used transmit for
  • Chrome - Linux version
  • Git Tower - Smartgit

With each application you have to remember that you need to shed your perceptions of how things should work. Again this will bring another phase of confusion and frustration, but it will pass quickly. In truth you will likely find that only one or two of your "core" applications have problems "translating".

Safety Net

Run Virtual box, install windows, and install only those applications that you can't find workable replacements for. This is a concession to the real world. You should use it as little as possible, but if your business runs on QuickBooks, then nothing but QuickBooks is going to work. However you should really try to find working replacements.

Avoid Books

Books are nice but the Linux world changes too fast. Use Linux, ditch the books. Keep a list of good sites like AskUbuntu, and any other sites that have documentation that you find useful. After a very short time you will find that you just reference them.

Real World Transitions

Like I said, I have used this method to help about 20 or so people that I know in real life (not the internet) make the transition. The time to feeling comfortable varies. My Grandmother felt comfortable in about 2 weeks, though her applications where standard browsing, Open Office, and a special piece of software for dictation. An IT Manager I helped took a couple of months, but there was a lot of specialized hardware and software that was involved. Most people take about a month to feel comfortable and about a year to feel like they have mastered their machine. If your doing this in your business or on a work machine expect about a 3 days of total down time in a two week period, 80% less productivity in the first week, 50% or so the second, then things returning to 0% or less in the following weeks. Of course this depends a lot on what special hardware/software you use and how fast you learn new things.

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Thanks for your experience based answer (: – Akif Dec 1 '12 at 21:32
There are some good suggestions here but I can't agree with the "avoid books" comment which as it is worded is plain wrong. Yes, the UI applications and environment change very often but it's not about learning to use applications, but the basics and those are fairly stable and if you grasp them, learning to use applications isn't much of an issue. – Marcin Kaminski Dec 1 '12 at 23:04
Hmmm, perhaps the better way is don't buy paper books. The online resources are much, much better. But of course that's totally opinion. – coteyr Dec 2 '12 at 0:45

There is a really good book called The Linux Command Line, published by No Starch Press. Available here. It's written informally, but is very understandable and thorough.

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There are a variety of free resources out there on the web. In my case, I chose to buy an inexpensive book on Ubuntu, the distro I am using. The title is "Ubuntu Made Easy", by Rickford Grant. It gave explanations on how Ubuntu works, followed by work-throughs where I actually learned by doing. Well worth the low cost. I also simplified the process by buying the Kindle version of the book, so I could read the text on my Kindle Fire, then perform the exercises at the same time on my laptop.

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