OK, I’ve asked a similar question here before. But this situation is different. I want to learn Linux OS. Before, I was pointed to SUSE. The main reason was the extensive documentation on the use of it.
A guy at work set me up with an account on his server with a partioned amount of space for unfettered access to the OS. Except that when I log in, I don’t have even the slightest inklin of what to type when I get the prompt. So close, yet so far from using the OS.
I plan on picking up a copy of Linux for Dummies and a few other similar resources. However, all the Bookstores are closed until at least Tuesday (including the library) and I’m a rather impatient man. So what I’d like to know is: Are there any free on-line resources that are written in laymen’s term on how to use the system? Just stuff that maybe will let me type a few basic commands to start getting the feel of the system.
Also, in addition to any online resources, what other books would you recommend for learning the language? I used to be well-versed in DOS, but Windows has me so spolied I remember maybe a dozen commands off the top of my head for it.
The OS my company uses that I troubleshoot is written Unix. So I’m familiar with that OS, but the program itself is proprietary, so the commands I use are more based on the program as opposed to Unix itself. (Did that make any sense?)
Any help would be appreciated. I just want to learn it! Also, it sounds like my space on the server won’t really give me a virtual system as much as it will give me a chance to just play with the OS. The reason I’m taking this route is to familiarize myself with the language before building a new box and running Linux on it solely.