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Linux is a fantastic choice for an operating system, but some people have tried Linux and simply aren’t comfortable with it because they know very little about it. While the best way to learn it and get more comfortable with it is to force yourself to use it, that doesn’t mean that you have to make it more difficult on yourself than necessary.
If you’d like to learn Linux, but want some ways to speed up the process, here are ten shortcuts you can use to learn as fast as possible.
Linux Foundation Or edX Course
If you’d like to get a formal introduction to Linux, there’s no better way than to take part in the Introduction to Linux course presented by the Linux Foundation or the version provided via edX. In this course, you’ll learn all the basics you should know to become highly confident in your ability to use Linux.
The best part is that while you can pay a fee in order to formally complete the course, you’re also able to simply audit the course for free (via edX; a full free version of the intro course is coming soon via the Linux Foundation). This allows you to look at all the materials and partake in the lectures, but you won’t have any official certification that you’ve completed the course. If you’re just interested in taking the course for at-home Linux use, then there’s absolutely nothing wrong with going with the free, audit route.
Four Free MakeUseOf Guides On Linux
We also have plenty of guides that can help you on your way to learning Linux. We have a guide about bringing older computers back to life with Ubuntu, a beginner’s guide to Ubuntu, as well as a full manual to the KDE desktop which Kubuntu, openSUSE, and various spins of other distributions use. They are all great guides you should definitely check out, as they’re full of highly useful information and completely free to download!
Ubuntu Forum’s Absolute Beginners Section
Let’s say you’re on Ubuntu or an Ubuntu-based distribution, which tend to be one of the easier-to-learn distributions out there. If you ever come across a problem that isn’t a bug, there’s a very good chance that someone has already talked about it in the Ubuntu Forum’s Absolute Beginners section. If not, it’s very easy to create an account at the Ubuntu Forums and make a new thread that includes your question. The area is highly-visited, so it’s very, very rare for someone to not get a response to a post.
Progression Of Linux Distros
If you’re serious about learning Linux, and want to eventually come a seasoned master at the operating system, then you’ll want to follow the progression of the four distributions you need to work through in order to become a master. The order goes from Ubuntu (or any derivative), to Arch Linux, to Gentoo, and finally to Linux From Scratch.
Doing Linux From Scratch is already going to pretty extreme lengths to gain mastery, so stopping at any other level that you feel comfortable with is totally fine. Even I haven’t really touched Gentoo all that much or gone past there. However, if you want to make sure that you’re progressing in your Linux studies, then this is the way to go.
Essential Linux Commands
While the need to use Linux commands has gone down significantly as more and more GUI tools have surfaced, it doesn’t entirely rule out the possibility that you’ll face the terminal someday. However, have no fear, for we also have a great compilation of Linux commands that you should know to have confident skills in the operating system. While there are plenty more commands than are listed there, these are by far the most-used ones. Once you understand how these work, it’s easy to learn other commands and use them appropriately. It’s nothing you can’t do!
Of course, there’s also another four ways you can learn more Linux commands if you’re serious about it.
Three Additional Websites
Besides all of these resources, there are some other websites that you can check out if you want to learn more about Linux. For example, you can visit LinuxCommand to learn more about different commands you can use in the terminal. Linux is already pretty secure, but there’s also a Linux Security for Beginners site so that the paranoid can use their computers without any worries. Finally, any Reddit users may want to check out /r/Linux4Noobs, which is an entire subreddit dedicated to help out fledgling Linux users. It’s OK if you feel like a noob — the whole point is for people to help you out!
What Else Should People Use?
These resources should help get you well on your way to effectively learning Linux. Some of these shortcuts won’t really be of much use unless you combine them with others, so it’s always best to combine as many of these shortcuts as possible in order to get full immersion. And of course, it’s best that you already have a copy of Linux installed on your computer so that you can see the things you learn about in practice. Theory doesn’t stick as well in the mind unless you apply it.
What other resources do you recommend people use to learn about Linux? What do you think are the main reasons why people refrain from learning Linux? Let us know in the comments!
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