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Re: [SLE] OT: A few thoughts for people new to Linux
- From: Ted <twager@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 19 May 2002 22:13:32 +0100
- Message-id: <3CE8157C.5010407@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Kevin L Hochhalter wrote:
On Sunday 19 May 2002 09:06, neal mcdermott wrote:
As someone new to Linux, this is just the sort of posting that can be very
helpful. I am just at the point of feeling comfortable with SuSE out of
the box, and would like to experiment a little and learn a little more, and
it really helps to have someone give general ideas where to go in addition
to all the specific help given on this list.
Does anyone else have any advice on files and manuals to start reading and
places to start editing for someone making tentative steps to getting to
know Linux better beyond the defaults?
If you installed the books that come on the cd's, you might want to start out by reading the Linux Users Guide. You can find it in /usr/share/doc/Books. It is named user-beta-1.pdf. You can read it with Ghostview or Acrobat Reader. Also, visit the Linux Documentation Project at
There is a huge amount of info here, but you might want to start out by reading the books that are there.
If you installed a window manager other than KDE (which isn't really a window manager, I guess), then you might want to play around with using Windowmaker.
If you have it installed, and you already have KDE or GNOME running, press Ctrl-Alt-F2, which will take you to tty2. Login again, and then type
startx windowmaker -- :1
This will start another instance of X, with Windowmaker running on it. To get back to KDE, just hit Ctrl-Alt-F7. Windowmaker will be running on Ctrl-Alt-F8. Windowmaker is pretty nice, and is very configurable. What it doesn't have running by default is a file manager, and that is the key. This means that you are going to have to open an xterm, and learn to navigate and move files around without a gui. Start out by reading the man pages for ls, rm, mv, cp, and ln. Just type "man ls" or "man rm" or whatever.
Using this arrangement will kind of ease you into things. Nice thing is that if you get stuck with Windowmaker, just hit Ctrl-Alt-F7 and you will be back in KDE. But using Windowmaker will help your understanding of how to dig a little deeper into things.
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