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I am new to Linux / Ubuntu. I want to learn command line. What app can I get and use from Ubuntu Software Center ??

Also looking for an App from Ubuntu Software Center to send Free SMS text messages from Ub 12.04 to cell #s world wide ???

thanks Paul

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You should add the second question as a separate one. –  Nanne May 8 '13 at 12:36

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First off, welcome to the world of Ubuntu!

Okay, when I first started using Ubuntu, a few years back, I was completely blank. I had no idea how to install applications in it, nor did I understand anything in the command line; heck, I didn't even know how to install Ubuntu! So I stumbled upon the (very well written, in my opinion) Ubuntu Pocket Guide which can be downloaded for free here. This guide walks you through almost everything a beginner can wish for, from installing Ubuntu (on its own, or alongside Windows), to understanding command line, to understanding the Linux file structure. Even though the guide seems a bit huge (170 pages as of now), it really helped me out in a lot of ways. I occasionally find myself resorting to it sometimes. I'm no professional in Linux, but everything I know now started from this guide, so I highly advice reading it. If you don't want to read the whole guide, read the chapters that you want to know about more.

Another very useful link is this. It gives an overview of the command line, and is also a good place to start if you want to learn a bit about the terminal.

Unfortunately, I do not know of any application that will help you understand command line, but the above should be sufficient for a beginner.

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Thanks Alaa, I downloaded the 170 page Pocket Guide, will definitely READ and STUDY IT. I also clicked on the link for USING TERMINAL, I saved that url and will also USE IT. Thanks again. ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR SENDING SMS from Ub 12.04, firefox, opera to cell #s world wide and particularly the USA ??? –  Paul May 7 '13 at 19:45
    
No, sorry, no idea. –  Alaa Ali May 8 '13 at 5:13
    
Sending an SMS message from Firefox is definitely doable, however, as a matter of form to help other people who have the same question, this should be a separate question. –  karel May 8 '13 at 14:53

Fortunately or unfortunately the best way to learn command line is to use command line. Start with doing the common tasks such as installing/uninstalling softwares, playing music and video using command line. If you are more interested you could progress into copying and moving files/directories using command line. After some usage, you will find that using command line is the fastest way to do most of the things.

If you have even more quench to learn command line and shell scripting, you could follow this very nice guide.

Shell Scripting

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https://help.ubuntu.com/community/clicompanion

"CLI Companion is an application that is used as a compliment to the Terminal. People unfamiliar with the Terminal will find CLI Companion a useful way to become acquainted with the Terminal and its many uses. Using the built-in commands new users can unlock the potential of the Terminal."

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