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  1. #1
    TomP
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    What do I need to NOT DO?

    I hear all kinds of folks who TRIED Linux.
    And I hear all kinds of attitudes, from RTFM to worse.
    So when I started, on New Year's Day, seeing my first
    LINUX ever...KEEP READING, please!
    It was with apprehension.
    First off, the install was all wrong. (I didn't do it,
    a friend did!) And a winmodem had to be made a linmodem.
    It took friend, an expert, hours.
    The install looked and moved terribly. AND CRASHED.
    Since then, I have had many opportunities to QUIT.
    And I refused. I hate the idea of going back to Windoze.
    Oh, did I say I had to do three reinstalls. And reconfigure
    that modem all by myself? Like I said, many opportunities.
    Did I mention it was on a notebook?
    I bought books that were outdated, useless. I did buy
    the software, RedHat, in the package, which I think was
    a smart move. And I have been flamed or else given
    19 websites to study to solve a single problem at another site. And tried to decipher these strange pages called MAN.
    HANG WITH ME..
    Bottom line is that nothing really is written for newbies,
    NOT EVEN those NEWBIE-IZED helps, so called.
    All presume too much.
    But not FORUMS. I can read here and learn so much
    easier. I am thankful for such a place...
    SO HERE IS MY QUESTION
    WHAT IS THE DUMBEST MISTAKE
    YOU EVER MADE WHILE LEARNING LINUX?

    And what should I NOT do?
    Believe it or not, I would really enjoy these
    answers. And no, I ain't writin' no book!
    Just want to learn the smart way.

    TomP

  2. #2
    JimH
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    Re:What do I need to NOT DO?

    Quote Originally Posted by TomP
    SO HERE IS MY QUESTION
    WHAT IS THE DUMBEST MISTAKE
    YOU EVER MADE WHILE LEARNING LINUX?

    And what should I NOT do?

    TomP
    What a cool question. 8) ;D Been a long time since I did anything "dumb" going to have to think about this one. ;D

    Jim H

  3. #3
    TomP
    Guest

    Re:What do I need to NOT DO?

    JIM,

    I would have settled for the dumbest thing you ever
    heard someone do...
    I really hesitated to post this. But I thought, this could
    really open some interesting doors to other questions.
    We all know in part, and my part is the smallest, right now.
    Thanks for taking this seriously and considering it.
    I KNOW YOU NEVER MESS UP!

    Tom P
    8)

  4. #4
    JimH
    Guest

    Re:What do I need to NOT DO?

    Well, one thing not to do is as the root user is : rm -rf /

    This will delete the entire hard drive. I have seen newbies do that accidently. I can't think right now, but I know I should have a few good answers to this question.

    Jim H

  5. #5
    bdl
    Guest

    Re:What do I need to NOT DO?

    Good question. I can honestly say I've made several mistakes using linux, everyone does at some point. The best thing to do is come away learning from it. Here are some tips that should be helpful in the long run.

    Pick one distro and stick to it, rather than installing the "flavor of the month" over and over. This may give you a good idea of how each distro is setup, but IMHO wastes your time installing over and over rather than just using and learning linux.

    Don't spend alot of money on books. Most of the information you'll want is available free online (less the cost of your ISP, of course). I have some choice books from O'reilly on various subjects relating to UNIX and sysadmin, but I'd refrain from getting every linux book that comes down the pike. The absolute best book I ever bought was the UNIX System Administrators Handbook, [www.admin.com] ; I've found it invaluable for alot of things. O'reilly even has their books available online as a subscription service at [safari.oreilly.com].

    "Single mode" and e2fsck is your friend.

    Don't run as root. Use sudo.

    Get some coding skills. Most of the entire linux system is written in C, so that's a good place to start. Perl and Python are becoming essential tools for the sysadmin.

    Google

    Good luck, have fun!

  6. #6
    Spot
    Guest

    Re:What do I need to NOT DO?

    WHAT IS THE DUMBEST MISTAKE
    YOU EVER MADE WHILE LEARNING LINUX?
    Stay logged in as root with an active telnet server =/

  7. #7

    Re:What do I need to NOT DO?

    prolly has to be re-installing linux without making a backup,
    other than that, im not sure
    whatdoyougetwhenyoumultiplysixbynine??

  8. #8
    nfallon
    Guest

    Re:What do I need to NOT DO?

    The dumbest mistake I have made was not planning out my hard drive. I didn't leave enough room on the /usr partition and had to install a larger drive.

    I think bdl had the right point. Pick one distro that you are comfortable with and stick with it. If you jump around to different ones you will never get used to working with Linux. Don't buy 20 books on Linux. Any Unix command reference will do. The commands are pretty much the same on all of the systems. While some systems may have their own commands the majority of them are the same.

    Neil

  9. #9
    TomP
    Guest

    Re:What do I need to NOT DO?

    SO FAR, so good...
    I already found out that buying books turns out to be
    a mistake. So quickly outdated. And I am coming to
    the conclusion that with DISTROS, the grass is never
    greener...So I will stick with RedHat for now.
    Even though I am just using it as a desktop and
    no more, and on a laptop, of all things.
    Don't know yet how to do backups...need to make
    that another question, perhaps....

    BUTI KNOW THERE ARE MORE MISTAKES I CAN AVOID
    --In trying to save documents.
    --In using the wrong app to do something.
    With no backup and no local help, I don't need to press
    the wrong key or click on the wrong thing.
    More, PLEASE????

    TomP

  10. #10
    TomP
    Guest

    Re:What do I need to NOT DO? AN EXAMPLE

    Here's an example of something I assumed based on some things I had heard. I thought I
    had to have LILO to do a dual boot. When RedHat tried to
    get me to GRUB, I refused and fought for LILO. Now,
    sadly, :-[ I learn that GRUB would have been the better
    choice. MY BAD!!!!

    COME ON, WHAT DID YOUDO?

    Tom P

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