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Old October 28, 2013, 04:33 PM
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I'm looking forward to the SteamOS release, and I'm contemplating putting together a mini-itx build for it (when more info's out) or doing a straight linux machine to make an HTPC/Emulator box. I've never used Ubuntu/Linux before and I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations for guides or pages that are really good for beginners.
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Old October 28, 2013, 05:20 PM
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well I would first just download a linux live distro and play around with linux tha tway to see if you like it at all . most people are so used to MS operating systems then they try linux and don't like it.
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Old October 28, 2013, 05:26 PM
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There is a HUGE difference when using Linux via GUI and using Linux via CLI.

Learn CLI then learn the GUi side. GUI is easy to figure .. .CLI is not.

Debian is a great place to start.. HUGE amount of support and easy to get into and setup.
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I would start with Debian/Ubuntu based distros to see if the change is too much for you, you honestly won't learn a lot unless you really delve beyond the GUI. Then move on to Slackware/Arch based distros to really learn about Linux. Puppy is a great midway point and it comes in Slackware and Ubuntu compatible versions. If you really get into Arch/Slackware and want to keep going, try Linux From Scratch or Gentoo.
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Old October 28, 2013, 07:25 PM
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Gentoo is a bitch simply because its a bastard of Linux and Unix which are completely different operating systems. Gentoo is a mix of Linux and FreeBSD.
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When I have to deal with Linux, I prefer Ubuntu or RedHat myself.
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Old October 28, 2013, 08:31 PM
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Throw a few distros on a thumb drive using this and play around. Personally I like mint.
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Old October 28, 2013, 08:48 PM
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When I have to deal with Linux, I prefer Ubuntu or RedHat myself.
Fedora

Ubuntu is decent.

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Throw a few distros on a thumb drive using this and play around. Personally I like mint.
Mint is a derivitive of Debian too.
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Old October 29, 2013, 09:20 AM
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Thanks everyone. I didn't even realize you could do a live distro and play with linux from that. It seems like a good place to start. I'll look at the command line stuff soon too. I was pretty handy with DOS when I was a little kid, so hopefully I can pick it up fairly quickly.
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Old October 29, 2013, 10:58 AM
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Thanks everyone. I didn't even realize you could do a live distro and play with linux from that. It seems like a good place to start. I'll look at the command line stuff soon too. I was pretty handy with DOS when I was a little kid, so hopefully I can pick it up fairly quickly.
A live distro is a good way to get your feet wet. You can't really do much to the filesystem as its generally marked read only. But its a good way to poke around and see what goes on.
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