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Rookie, ignore skripka, he always comes in these threads and says something. It's rather annoying.

Apart from learning a distro, learn by doing. That doesn't mean installing via package manager, or simply installing slackware (as some have stated). Rather, you need to get an OS running and then fiddle with it. Find out how to make a bootup script, build your own kernel/applications. Break things, try new things. Instead of installing mpd via synaptic, download it and install it yourself. That's how you learn, at least that's how I learned the fastest.

[edit] A fun one is setting up your own LAMP server without any package manager. Building PHP5/SQL yourself, edit the configs manually. That helped me get comfortable in CLI when I first started. I got linux so I could run a quick and easy web editing setup for helping moderate a message board. I downloaded the VBB/layout of the board I was running and ran a home test server before I updated new hacks/patches. I learned oodles then, it was way fun too.
Edited by mushroomboy - 1/24/11 at 11:04am
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i second the live cd comment thats what ive been using to play around with new stuff most of the time, and trying to figure out how to cause total system failure when im bored because all you need to do is reboot... plus if you run a virtual machine for the live disc, all you need to do is download the iso and then mount it in the vm and you are good to go

however, while live cd's are amazing for a lot of reasons, you cant do some things in them... those things are few and far between, but anything you cant do in a live machine you can easily do on a full install inside a virtual machine which will just need an easy reformat if you break it
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There are many great flavors of Linux that are great to start on as already mentioned. If you really want to Learn the true power of Linux I would suggest not using GUI for every thing. Learn the way Linux works, use the Command Line as much as possible and If you find yourself lost Google is always a couple clicks away. The Command Line will be slow at first, you will want to open up that pretty GUI box and click the buttons, but it is the Command Line that will in time give you complete control to do whatever you can think up with your system!
    
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Rookie, ignore skripka, he always comes in these threads and says something. It's rather annoying.

Apart from learning a distro, learn by doing. That doesn't mean installing via package manager, or simply installing slackware (as some have stated). <snip>.
Geeez. Since I've only seen maybe 4 or 5 others in here that run Slackware, even in parallel, I wonder if you could point me to such a post as I can't find one? Who could there be that would even be motivated to install a DIY system like Slack that would propose that, as if by magic, just getting through it's simple install somehow gifts a person with experience and wisdom?
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ubuntu is super user friendly and has aton of documentation
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