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So, I have duel booted Vista and Ubuntu for over a year now. And I have enjoyed it immensely. It is just so much smoother and fluid than windows. I would have perma switched, but I enjoy games too much.

So, I am past the stage of how do I get my drivers etc, but as linux is known for its awesome customization, I feel like I have barely scratched the surface. Even when I made my own kernel it felt very scripted and too easy.

It is sorta feel like before I knew about the registry in Windows. It just feels like there is more to know.
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There's always more to know. But what do you want to know more about?
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Next step would be to hit the code. Learn bash scritping, write your own scripts. Then learn C.
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Next step would be to hit the code. Learn bash scritping, write your own scripts. Then learn C.
Alright I will start looking in that direction.

Any good places to start?
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Sounds like someone wants to get their hands dirty, because Ubuntu is boring. Try gentoo. In a VM, if you want. (I actually _highly_ recommend installing it in a VM first; chances are you'll screw something up the first few times you do it)

If that's not good enough, Linux from Scratch. (Ha. That was sarcasm. Gentoo will be good enough. But seriously... )
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I'd start with changing your Linux distro. Try something like Slackware or Gentoo and try getting things done there. Learn about system architecture, read some manuals and documentation, work with command line, vi and mc rather then GUI, set up some services like httpd or dns, play around with iptables and learn about networking. This way you'll learn your system and get some bash basics at the same time. Bash is just a tool and you won't learn Linux by learning bash. You also don't have to learn C to became a Linux guru. Something like perl or python could be more appropriate until you want to be a kernel developer or something.
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I like the VM ware idea. Will do that.
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I second Gentoo. It is a lot more fun to compile your programs, GUI, and kernel from scratch. But I do agree that the first few times you are likely to mess up. Gentoo is not a cutting-edge distro, but it is recent enough to be very useful, perhaps more than Slackware. I also like that Gentoo has dependancy-checking, unlike Slackware.

Do be aware, however, that sometimes things in Gentoo break, so that it can be difficult to compile something you want, or need for something you want.
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wow, this is amazing. Everything is starting to make a little more sense.

Once Christmas break starts I will install a VM and try some of this stuff out. I am looking forward to it because I will be able to screw around, and if I get stuck, alt+tab to my firefox. If I get in big trouble I will just clear it and start over.
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